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I read in the newspaper, Tages Anzeiger, today, that the national unemployment rate for Switzerland has fallen to 2.7% and my first reaction was, “Have you ever read more BS than this right here?”

2.7%, really?

“Of the reported eight million, three hundred and seventy-two thousand people living in Switzerland, am I to believe that only 226,044 are unemployed?”

With this number calculating for every young and old person, men, women and children, the published 2.7% is either a lie, a figure to acclaim national false pride or one accounting only to Swiss-born individuals.

As an Ausländer (foreigner), who have lived and relentlessly sought jobs in Switzerland, years at a time, without success, I felt as if it is my duty not to only challenge the published 2.7% unemployment rate, but to highlight a hidden fact, that if this number is indeed true, then foreigners such as myself are not being counted as a part of the Swiss population.

Switzerland’s employment opportunities are as much in existence as the prejudicial gateways to reach them; in other words, jobs are available in Switzerland, but not to everyone, despite being qualified or unqualified.

The labour market in Switzerland might be regulated by Swiss laws and its government, but it is controlled by business owners and private boards; therefore, it is not only the political monopoly which denies qualified foreigners of suitable employment, but it is the mindset of the people, who resides in Switzerland.

And although the Swiss social service and its welfare provisions could be considered a consolation, in Switzerland, where 99% of government aid recipients are Ausländers, it is also a transparent view that a serious bias exist in the Swiss labour market.

Qualified foreigners, such as myself, of colour are ridiculed when an application for a job matching our educational qualification is submitted. We are rejected 99.9% of the time without reasons and the other 0.01%, we are noted as overqualified; either way, we will never get the job.

Most educated Black foreigners are denied suitable jobs and are forced to settle for menial employments, not because other jobs aren’t available, but because it is a great part of the Swiss labour market’s culture that Ausländers, especially Blacks, are only good for unskilled work, such as cleaning.

In Switzerland, if one should look closely, there is an employment tier system, which is blatantly structured by prejudice and some levels of racism.

The tier from an up to down direction is colour graded from white skin to black skin, so you will find the whitest of Whites at the top jobs and the blackest of Blacks at the bottom jobs; these positions equally reflects cleanliness of work and pay grades.

Interestingly, this bias has extended its way into the welfare support system of Switzerland too. In most cases, when an individual is being financially supported by the Swiss government, it is usually required that the recipient participates in a work integration.

Work integration is only a decorative term for slave labour, where the individual works 70% to 100%, doing actual work, but receives no more than a third of what the job would pay in a normal situation.

The bias can be seen where different job sectors, from recycling garbage to being in an office environment, are included in the integrational program; again, placements in these sectors are colour graded, without an income difference.

With these acquired findings, I challenge the Tages Anzeiger and any individual or organization to prove different.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2018

“Sold to the highest bidder!” is usually what’s heard at auctions, after a number of proposed bids have been crushed by he, who is willing to pay the most.

It has always been rumored that the government of Jamaica is a “sellout”; despite which party is in power, the term “sellout” is usually invisibly affixed among the other fancy initials, which follow the names of politicians.

The Jamaican people are saying that, those in charge, are currently offering the Country for sale.

But the last time I checked, Jamaica was a democratic country, and whether it is being ran by the Jamaica Labor Party or the People’s National Party, democracy is its consistent statue.

In recent times, with the aid of social sites, Jamaicans have been airing their opinions online via blogs and vlogs, an obvious exercise of their democratic right, freedom of expression.

Still, most of these expressions are mere comments on suspicion that Jamaica’s Members of Parliament are making deals with outsiders, selling lands and rights for cash, without given notice to or consent from the Jamaican citizens.

A Suh It Guh!

Usually, these commentators and moaners are only seeking a ‘like’ to their published comment, online, or an echo in its favor; therefore, the Jamaican Government is never threatened or moved by these publications, which are often closed with, “A suh it guh”.

Ignorance Is No Excuse

Jamaica, like all other democratic States in the world, is governed by law, and in every Country, including Jamaica, ignorance of the law is never an excuse.

Jamaicans are often heard saying, “Mi nevva did kno dat.”(“I was not aware of that.”)

It is clear that the citizens, who refers to the Government as ‘those in charge’ do not understand their democratic rights and powers as citizens.

Fact is, there are a vast number of Jamaicans, who do not know or understand the constitution of the country, a fault of their own. And as long as they remain ignorant, those who know that they are unaware of their rights as citizens, will forever take advantage.

A common practice, seen by most Jamaicans, is giving treatment to representatives of their constituencies as if they (the representatives) are doing them (the citizens) favors, while being oblivious to the fact that the Member of Parliament works for them, and at any given time, they (the citizens) can petition for change.

If Jamaica is in fact being sold to the highest bidder, it is being sold by all Jamaicans, living in Jamaica, and not only by the Country’s government members; lastly, the sadness of this speculation being real, would be that the profits from a sold country, belonging to an approximate six million people, worldwide, would be going into the pockets of less than one hundred.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2018

© Ian T. Sebàs

Watch and learn about Jamaica’s passport powers and its visa-free zones, including the Caribbean Communities, a comparison to US and UK passports and commentary questioning the intelligence of Jamaicans with a suggestion that they were naive to allow sanctions of UK visas, while the Queen of England remains as Head of State.
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Jamaicans have been beating children, as a means of disciplinary action, for decades, if not centuries, and continue to do so, for a number of reasons, notably because ass-whoopings have been proven, by Jamaicans, to be most effective against the development of wayward adults.

In Jamaica, the Holy Bible is upheld and regarded, by most, as a book of primary Constitutional Rights for Human Beings, and in following the directions of passages such as Proverbs 13:24 which states “He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently”, Jamaican children have always been beaten as a measure of correction.

A well-rooted part of the Jamaican culture which has been applied to children, not only at home, but in schools and churches.

Child Abuse?

Recently, social media revved high when a video of a Jamaican parent, beating her daughter began to circulate online; in addition, heightening to the drama, were the facts that the mother was partially naked and the instrument of choice used to beat the child was a machete.

An unfadable ugliness, to many, which can be clearly understood.

But before pointing fingers of discrimination and resentment, from a seating view of a complete different lifestyle, one must first learn more about the culture of Jamaica and its origin and history of beating children.

Culture vs. Culture

Jamaicans are just as alarmed and frightened when they see children, in other countries, verbally disrespecting their parents, calling them derogatory names, suing them in courts and even killing them, as much as residents and citizens of those countries were alarmed by the actions of the featured Jamaican mother.

Still, the above examples have been established and accepted, worldwide, simply as differences in cultures, by most.

Tough Love!?

It is also a common practice, in Jamaica, for parents to use a variety of instruments when beating children; these instruments are usually not sought after, specifically, but are usually chosen based on availability and proximity.

Reputed as non-abusers of drugs and alcohol, Jamaican parents are usually of sober and conscious minds when beating children.

And while most of the world may view the video, which is clear in assault, as evidence of child abuse or even inhumane, most Jamaicans, who know and understand the culture will note that if the mother’s intention was to fatally harm her child, the machete would be used at a chopping angle and not at a slapping angle; an argument of evidence proving that the mother was conscious of her handling.

Constitutional Laws vs Holy Bible

Deep-rooted in the culture and known as “tough love”, in Jamaica, there is an almost certainty that the arresting officer(s) and the Judge, who will preside over the matter have been beaten, as a means of discipline, by their parents, while growing up too.

“But does this make beating a child, right?”


Like all countries, Jamaica has man-made laws, which is deemed as the constitutional rules of the country, despite what the Holy Bible may say.

And an infringement of those laws warrants penalties, which at the discretion of the elected Judge could be as light as a stern warning to one as heavy as the prescribed maximum under the written law.

Cultural Practice vs Laws of the Land

Cultures, including that of Jamaica, are enforced by the suppression and enforcement of some written laws; dormant laws often blindside citizens, making them believe that a cultural habit is a legal act, but such law can, at any time, become active by the usage or ruling of a Judge, which can immediately turn a cultural practice on its head and reshape a country and its future.

Protest vs Result

Many Jamaicans are protesting the condemnation of the mother’s action, with affirmations of love for Jamaica and its current culture.

Some feel that adapting foreign lifestyles and embracing new practices are threats to Jamaica’s unique way of life, and if laws are enforced to penalize parents, who discipline their children, it will result in having less educated and ambitious Jamaicans.

The Question

“Should Jamaicans now spare the rod and spoil the child, as a part of a new direction?”

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

Drax Hall Country Club is nestled seclusively in a lush of greenery near Ocho Rios in St. Ann on Jamaica’s north coast.

The development which is consisted of phase 1 (earlier constructed) and phase 2 (a later constructed site) boast suburban styled two and three-bedroom houses, with access to a communal swimming pool and gym; the homes are fully equipped with the expected utilities and furniture, and some with extras, such as WiFi, cable television and home security systems.

Overall, security of the estate is transparent with security personnel at its entrance and on patrol during the nights.

The video on Youtube (Channel: Familie Sebas), titled Drax Hall Country Club, highlights and features Unit 355, located at Cedar Cres. (phase1), which was rented out to my family as a holiday villa, where we spent two weeks between July 29th and August 12th.

With location, hospitality, comfort and security in mind, we based our three-star rating of Drax Hall Country Club, during this period, on personal comparison to other venues, where we stayed.

*The estate is home to many locals and not all homes at Drax Hall Country Club are used as holiday rentals.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

Oh, sweet Jamaica, it has been so long
Since I last visited or sing your songs
But because it is of your soil, where I’m from
I feel like my time away has done you wrong

My absence remains in search of a better life
Security, food and shelter at a better price
Still, I’ve been working hard to put my chips away
All in aim to return to you, permanently, one day

You hold the accreditation for all my first
First country to feed me and quench my thirst
First playground, first school, first intro to church
Streets I roamed, a place called home; the land of my birth

While visiting recently I saw how much you’ve changed
Migration, image transition, the whole thing felt strange
It was as if the home I knew was losing its range
And I worried that soon you’ll no longer be center stage

But with fights from Jamaicans, the likes of me
Jamaica, you shall contain and always be
And despite my visitation being infrequently
You are home and I will return for my piece of the Ackee.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

“Does Jamaica finds pride when its death toll outnumbers the previous year’s?”

Logically, that should be an absurd question, but a closer look will quickly void all views of lucidity.

While most countries of the world, in particularly Japan, takes pride in the growth and maintenance of its population and utter shame in death tolls, when it comes to Jamaica, it is unclear about its feelings towards the deaths of Jamaican citizens.

A blatant disregard of human life was recently aired on Jamaica’s television, CVM, gained extended views on social media and caught my attention when it was posted on Facebook.

The video which showed a blurred image of a man, who was shot, laying on the ground and struggling to stay alive, while surrounded by police officers, made me sick to my stomach as I watched in disbelief and listened to the voices of off-cam bystanders, uttering their resentment for what they were witnessing.

It is one of the most inhumane and disgusting footage I have ever watched, online, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force should be condemned for such stance.

I say “one of” because this follows a video footage, which was also posted online, recently, by teenagers in the USA, who giggled and uttered words of disregard, while filming a drowning man.

It appears that the teens were high on drugs and or alcohol, at the time, and although this does not justify their actions nor provide a clear understanding, those factors coupled with their undeveloped, youthful brains could at least bring us to a perception’s stalemate.

But I refuse to put responsible adults, who are trusted to serve as a part of a country’s national security, in the same category as ignorant juveniles.

Police officers are put in place, by government bodies, for citizens and visitors to feel safe within a country, and by safe this includes, serving as a refuge and protecting life, by all means necessary; thus, to stand by and do nothing as a fellow human being bleeds out profusely, making no attempt to aid him, must warrant being a crime, somewhere between the pages of Jamaica’s constitution.

Life should last as long as we can aid it to last, and the life of a human being should never be last to consider.

If a violation of this opinion is not a crime, in respect of man-made laws, it is certainly a moral crime among humanity, and as a Jamaican, who is proud to be from a country, which is considered one of Earth’s paradise, for having exquisite beauty, a unique culture and some of the warmest human beings on the planet, my level of patriotism has been surpassed by my pride for Jamaica, when they should be level-pegging.

Pride, in my opinion, means a personal happiness and bragging rights received from an embraced ownership of anything perceived as good or positive.

Patriotism, in my opinion, means a loyal citizen, who stands by his or her country and calls it home, despite its growth’s directions.

Over the years, gangster-style policing in Jamaica has created more mistrust and criminals, in the Country, than it has decreased crime; whereas, the citizens have no faith in the due process procedures, and often take matters into their own hands, despite being govern by democratic laws.

Police, often kill alleged criminals in Jamaica, which creates a wondering, if they too (the police) doubt the due process of Jamaica’s courts system and are playing judge and jury.

Considering my definitions and my uneven declaration, which is undoubtedly equally shared by many other Jamaicans, the government of Jamaica has a job to do, and that job is to make all Jamaicans, near and far, see Jamaica as not just a place where they are from, but to see it as home.

Home in the fullest sense of the word; home, a place where we feel most safe and secure.

© Ian T. Sebàs

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

Although I am not a U.S. national nor citizen, being born in the Caribbean, on the Continent of America, entitles me as an American; a nationality which has often been misinterpreted as solely belonging to the U.S.A. and not the other remaining 52 countries.

Still, when the term ‘Black Americans’ is tossed around, I usually disassociate myself and allow it to point at the intended black people in the U.S.

The U.S.A. tries to claim the nationality ‘American’ clearly because, unlike the other 52 countries in the Americas, the United States of America does not have an individual name. This could be because it is a landlocked mass, rumored to have been stolen, by Europeans, from the Red Indians (a.k.a. Native Americans), who look more like Mexicans, who were spawned from the Arawaks and whose bloodline still lingers in a lot of the Caribbean people, today.

Considering that theory, the land mass, which is today called U.S.A. belongs more to the South Americans and Caribbean People than any other.

But over the course of centuries, trickery and politics have played their ways successfully to this era, where Black Americans are crying for help and a presidential candidate’s slogan can state, “Let’s Make America Great Again”, with an undertone to suppress the rights and existence of its non-white inhabitants, and still succeed to presidency.

The United States of America has been the most colourful country for the year 2017. With the help of mainstream and social media, people worldwide, even those who weren’t formerly interested in politics, are able to see what appears to be the ugly truth of a nation, once deemed the world’s greatest.

The U.S.A. is now a divided place, and for the first time, as the usual war-readiness revs for external opponents, who are brandishing missile-abilities, feuds are also revving within its borders, and similarly to its renowned motion picture releases, the world is on edge with an anticipation that the U.S.A. is likely to be at war with itself, sooner than it will be with any other country.

A potential race war seems to be strengthening, daily, in the Unites States of America, as smart phones aid social media sites with more and more evidence of an increase in racial profiling and deadly attacks. In almost every case, it has been a black person versus a white police officer; disgusted by some and appreciated by others.

After contemplating on this, the slogan’s undertone, reported deaths and abuses, a dulling truth was revealed.

Black people in the U.S.A. are currently targeted and treated as if their whole existence, since the chains were broken, have solely represented being a menace to that society; an unfair stigma, where broadcasted footage shows a cockroach-like treatment, with an apparent goal set to eradicate or put them back in chains.

And, for an instant, I thought, “What if that wish was ever granted?”

“What if Black People in the United States of America were successfully removed?”

And not just ‘removed’ physically, but also taking with them, their contributed legacies.

“How great would the U.S.A. be then?”

The United States of America would be nothing without Black Americans; African Americans have enriched the U.S. culture with flavours that could never be attained without them.

A Country is just a land mass, nothing more; it is people, who add cultures to countries.

For example, Jamaica is a land known for its sunshine and white sand beaches, but let’s face it, Jamaica is not the only place on Earth with sun, sand and sea, but the warmth of its people, their welcoming and laid-back attitudes, foods, drinks, music, sports and other entertainments are what add flavours for Jamaica’s cravings.

So, imagine a United States of America without Black People and their music, their foods, their contributions to sports and fashion, their humour, their ideas and entrepreneurial spirits; moreover, imagine the U.S.A. without an era of Barack Obama, and what you will realize is that this inevitable tumble of the U.S.A., would have occurred a decade ago.

“The U.S.A.’s greatness once resonated, above all other countries, because of its apparent multi-racial fairness and unity.” – Ian T. Sebàs

© Ian T. Sebàs

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

It has only been recent since Jamaicans began to take pride in eating ground foods; known better as ‘grung-food’ on the island, yams, bananas, breadfruits, corns, chayote (cho-cho), callaloo and other locally grown agricultural foods have, in the past, suffered years of rejection and placed secondary, as choice, when it comes to what Jamaicans prefer to eat.

But because of poverty which shadows most Jamaican families, at different hovering proximities, ‘grung-food’ has been triumphant time and time again for being on dinner plates, as meals of the day, serving itself in many different fashions.

This victory is usually non-celebratory as most Jamaicans, before, ate these foods not by choice, but by affordability.

The only longstanding pride of eating ‘grung-food’, by Jamaicans, belong to the Rastafarians, who have always known, valued and embraced the nutritional offerings from nature as gifts.

Other than the Rastafarians, most Jamaicans hung a curtain of shame when these foods were to be consumed.

With a brainwashed mentality and being foreign-minded of wanting to keep up with the Joneses, many Jamaicans desired fancier foods. If it was advertised on television, afforded by the so-called upper class, then it was considered better than ‘grung-food’, and so, a facial expression of disgust on the sight of ‘grung-food’ being served as a meal became the norm for many.

Two types of Jamaicans, often ate ground foods; Rastafarians by choice and the poorer class by affordability.

Back then Jamaica was strongly seen as two parts, town and country, where Kingston was considered to be the only modern hub of the island; thus, seen as town aka The City, all other regions outside of Kingston were simply considered to be country and last for everything considered to be modern or trendy.

So, in reality, Country People eating ‘grung-food’ was very common and with that same notion, Country People who could afford to eat ‘fancy foods’ also had their egos boosted, believing that they were better than their neighbours, who were left with just ground foods as meals.

Still, the answer had always been transparently evident when comparing Town People to Country People; people from Kingston usually appeared feebler in structure versus the Country People, who often appeared fit, muscular and strong, but despite this, muscular and strong was never craved.

Before the island was stormed by US styled fast food chains serving burgers, pizzas and carbonated soft drinks as quick meals, the fastest serving foods available to Jamaicans were beef patties, meat loaves, bun and bulla cakes; these were also very affordable foods, by most, along with locally made boxed juices, drinks and carbonated sodas, which did not fall into ‘class foods’ and have always been equally embraced.

Unlike the local fast foods, rice versus dumplings, meats versus cabbage, callaloo and ackee told a different story.

Fish, Chicken, Oxtail, Beef, Pork and Mutton were meats that said, ‘a person was doing well, financially’ especially if it was coupled with rice and not dumplings, while callaloo, cabbage and ackee were seen as an opposite expression, especially if it was served with ‘grung-food’.

I remembered, as a youngster, during my displacement phase, I was temporary housed with one of my Aunts, who had an agreement with my parents to shelter me, in exchange for some money, which she never received.

This made my Aunt furious, and in exuding her rage, on Sundays, while she fed her children rice and peas and chicken, I was fed yam, banana and cornmeal dumplings with cabbage or callaloo, as punishment.

Interestingly, at the time, being served this kind of food made me felt grossly mistreated, a misconception held by me and my Aunt.

And as the world modernizes itself and information becomes more prevalent about all things, including the benefits of ground foods, which most Jamaicans have ate, often, throughout their lives, accreditation for their nutritional bodies, lifesaving and health preserving effects have now been widespread.

While the key formulas for biological repairs and disease suppression have always existed in these foods, there is an irony in the history of Jamaican grung-food rejection; a gift from nature which offers long life and great health were draped with curtains of shame, by millions, and my Aunt, who thought she was mistreating me, actually fed me better than her children.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

Even though the title of this article, as I have named it, contains a substantial volume of absurdity, it is as unfortunately true as it is ridiculous.

I recently stumbled across an article, on one of my social network sites, and although I usually scroll pass post which appears vain and useless, this one’s heading, although fitted the category of being impractical, attracted me enough to click its link.

Apparently, some authorities in Barbados, particularly in the immigration department, possess an intense prejudice for Jamaican nationals, who visits the Country; this bias appears to claim justification under being wary of criminal suspects. And although I am in full support of ‘being wary of criminal suspects’, despite their nationalities, Barbadians suspecting Jamaicans as criminals is a laughable notion as a person looking in a mirror, accusing his reflection of being someone else.

These two Countries fall equally under the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a similar system to Europe’s EU (European Union) where it is formed to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members and to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared. Bottom line is, these two countries share the freedom of movements in and out of each other’s island, and like kissing-cousins, these two islands and their citizens face the same level of economical strain; in other words, there exist no real financial advantages for either citizens, when migrating to either of these islands.

And for these reasons, when a Jamaican travels to Barbados or a Barbadian travels to Jamaica, the purpose is usually leisure in tourist mode.

According to the article that I read, a Jamaican national boarded a flight from Jamaica to Barbados, and while airborne, she queried about the availability of tea, and based on her query she was suspected of being a criminal, mistreated, arrested and detained for a few months in Barbados before being released with an apology.

The article, as expected, was bombarded with comments, which many wrote describing the incident as common, but in a sigh of relief, many nationals of Barbados commented in utter resentment of the treatment received by the Jamaican national, and encouraged the application of a lawsuit.

Prejudices are rife in this world, and if these authorities know as much as I do, over the time of living outside of the Caribbean Communities, they would welcome each CARICOM members with smiles and respect, because unity is strength and we are all that we have.

Outside of the CARICOM, we are seen as foreigners, not as Barbadians, Jamaicans, Trinidadians etc; we are seen as Black or as Caribbean People and we are treated as such.

For example, in the European Union, WE are not first pick for employment, simply because we are not of the EU, and that is okay, EU citizens should be first pick in their communities; after all, it is their home. Wherever they roam within the borders of the EU, they are welcome, under the law without prejudice, and are allowed to equally travel and enjoy the EU’s tourism without harassment.

So, Barbados may want to take a page from the EU’s book and smarten up; being prejudice against your own kind is as ridiculous as it is a joke for outsiders looking in.

I can just imagine their mockery over this situation, “Hahahahaha, they actually think that they are better than the others because we have given their countries different names!”

Fair skin, dark skin, brown skin, light skin are still black skin. House slaves, field slaves, still a slave.

“Barbados, wake up!”

The Caribbean Communities are governed by mutual democratic laws, protecting its citizens, and my only hope is that this individual exercises her human and constitutional rights by suing the responsible department for her unfortunate ordeal, and although money cannot retract the experience nor buy back violated dignities, I urge her to take these individuals to court, for the maximum monetary fine allowed under the law, and set an example for any future likeliness.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs