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May your demise be an emblem of finality and change to the history of black oppression and racial division in the United States of America, and one which will inspire human equality worldwide. – Ian T. Sebàs –

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

There was a big hullabaloo over a British politician, who was discovered watching porn at work; apparently, the discovery happened a long time ago, but for some scandalous reasons, the police officer, who is now retired, decided that it was the right time to make it an addition to the evening news.

Despite having opinions on both, the police officer’s and the politician’s behaviour, the part that struck me the most was the public’s sneered reactions on the whole idea of watching porn.

Watching porn on the job, especially on the company’s computer, is an assumed established prohibition, by most, unless the company’s business is actually in porn, and for this, I side with all, who shunned the politician’s behaviour at work.

But, typical British, they were in utter denial and displayed pure disgust on the idea of watching sex films, in general.

Gone are the days when porn was scarce and could only be attained in magazines and on VHS tapes.

Today, porn is everywhere, we don’t even have to go looking for it anymore, because it is online; porn is so prevalent now, that it sometimes enters our lives, uninvited.

Without strict settings of our internet browsers, search engines will throw porn in our faces from the most innocent search words.

Search words such as tossing salads, pussycat, blowing, snatch, Dick, handy job, 69 and so on will have you apologizing to your colleagues and children, who saw the results.

So, it is clear that not all of us, who watches porn, deliberately searched for its subject or typed known addresses into our browsers.

As much as I have watched porn for reasons of research and could hide behind that guise, professionally, I have equally watched porn out of curiosity and to be entertained; I guess that confession puts me in the 1%.

But what amazes me the most, after watching the news, was the known footprints that viewers leave online versus the percentage of people in the UK, who denied watching porn.

See, years ago, when a person bought an erotic magazine, the only other person, who knew about it, was the cashier, then it was quickly tucked into a brown paper bag, before being hidden in a secret place at home.

Online porn does not offer such privilege. Instead, it displays how many times a pornographic video has been watched, and if the need to know arises, someone, somewhere, out there knows exactly, which home, computer, tablet and or mobile phone was used to view the video; that is the price being paid for watching porn, today, online.

And despite this clear evidence, majority of the people in the UK denied ever watching porn online.

Alarmingly, some of these videos receive viewing hits ranging in the millions and depending on one’s location or porn search keywords, filters allow viewers to find only British porn, and like the viewing hits, British pornography videos are available in abundance too.

Still, despite the British porn-stars and the online footprints, left by UK viewers, no one there watches porn.

Pornsexual intimacy captured on camera and displayed for viewing pleasure. Porn is legal in most countries of the world and usually ranges from soft to hardcore themes, performed by consenting adults.

Some pornographic videos are illegal to be produced and or viewed, including those with under-age and non-consenting performers; a legal responsibility is required from both viewers and producers.

Sex has always been a powerful subject of interest to humans and because of this, our existence continues to regenerate.

Humans are among the few creatures on Earth, who uses sexual intercourse for pleasure and the only known creature to find pleasure in watching others have sex.

And for this reason, online porn will forever receive hits in the millions, despite our denial.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

Jerk Chicken is definitely one of Jamaica’s most renowned foods, alongside ackee and salt fish and patties. But if truth be told or faced, Jamaica’s Jerk Chicken, in the twenty-first century, deserves a “wrong bang”.

A Wrong Bang in Jamaican patois is a red X, given to failed, wrong or discredited results. Keeping in line with it’s definition, I have titled this article, Jerk Chicken – Wrong Bang, for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that 90% of jerk chicken being prepared and sold in Jamaica and around the world are being done wrong.

Being Jamaican does not make a person knowledgeable or professionally versed in this particular area of cooking, but as for myself, a Jamaican born in the 70’s, I was fortunate to be around when the original practice of creating Jerk Chicken was still rife. And I say ‘creating’ instead of ‘cooking’ because that is what the original Jerk Chicken represented: creative food.

Jerk Chicken is one of those many meals that require great labouring, but consumed in minutes.

At face value, it appears to be an unfair investment of labour versus eating, but knowledge of its unique and delicious taste kept the creative tradition lingering among old-schoolers for centuries until its current status.

The practice known to me was usually done outdoor, it required a minimum of four sizeable rocks or cement blocks and pimento sticks to create a makeshift fire-bed, a few sheets of zinc metal and the following:

• Pimento
• Scotch Bonnet peppers
• Black Pepper
• Dark Sugar
• Nutmeg
• Scallion
• Thyme
• Onions
• Cinnamon
• Garlic
• Ginger
• Salt

After all these ingredients were acquired, the chicken would be rubbed vigorously before leaving to marinate for varied lengths at a time.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken, originally, is a ‘no filtered’ meal; by standard, it is a meat with peppers and spices embedded in it.

Recent times have brought the innovation of bottled Jerk Seasoning and a decline of sourcing individual natural ingredients; this was the first step in changing a creative cooking style, which had stood among Jamaicans for generations.

Pan Chicken, a new Jamaican practice, is an imitation of the U.S. barbecue chicken style, which uses Jerk Sauce instead of barbecue sauce and is often advertised as Jerk Chicken.

This was the second biggest blow to the infamous Jamaican Jerk Chicken and its culture. Pan Chicken practically created an easy way out of the hard labour required for creating Jerk Chicken, by using metal barrels, known as drum pans, in Jamaica, to create makeshift barbecue grills, eradicating the culture of rocks, cement blocks and some outdoor cooking.

This new practice has managed to dwindle a rich creative signature, which normally required a minimum of twelve ingredients, two hours of fire-pit preparation and constant monitoring, to a mere three-step: (1) A makeshift barbecue grill (2) A bottle of Jerk Seasoning and (3) Chicken.

And along with the dwindling of the required labour and ingredients, came the dwindling of a longstanding and original taste; Jerk Chicken has vanished.

As Jerk Chicken and its unforgettable taste loses its presence to the changes in practice, its origin is being furthered insulted and discredited:

Recently, while visiting Jamaica, I went to one of its highly recommended Jerk Huts and ordered a quarter pound of Jerk Chicken, and while eating, what I would describe as bland, dry, grilled chicken, I asked “Is this Jerk Chicken?”

Someone replied, “Yes!”

My next question was, “Why is it so dry?”

They replied, “You didn’t ask for sauce!”

Sauce?! This was mind-blowing to me; the only sauces I had ever seen accompanying Jerk Chicken, were ketchup or pickled-pepper sauce, but this person was not referring to either of those two sauces.

Jerk Chicken is now served separately from the ingredients and spices, which should be a part of its marination, allowing natural succulence.

Sadly, Jerk Chicken has long left the island of Jamaica and its culture, replaced by replicas, bearing its name.

This revelation is a great shame that such an original and delicious food will not be experienced by the extended generations of Jamaica and visitors to the island, and although this ugly truth is seemingly out of my control, I hope that my article provides guilt to those, who are aiding the change, and the original practice of Jerk Chicken will resume.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2018

© 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

My prolific reputation has gained substantial growth from the exercise of my God-given personality, which appears to be unique, although I must also accredit my culture and stern upbringing for the individual which I turned out to be.

Most of my actions and reactions toward general matters are usually deemed as unprecedented, when they are compared to the average person in a modern society, and despite being law-abiding, the extra-ordinary behaviours which I tend to exude, from time to time, have thrown me under the light of being a suspected criminal rather than to be acknowledged as a strong individual.

Living in Switzerland, a Country which is regarded, by me, as most orderly, most clean and possesses one of the world’s best standard of life, I honour its laws, its history and its current status. But Switzerland is no exception when it comes to crime; after all, crimes are committed by people and people are what makes up the Swiss population, and like most modern-day world, Switzerland has opened its doors to a variety of nations, and among those who have entered, myself included, are a variation of nationalities aka foreigners.

And as it is renowned, foreigners come with rumored reputations, which tend to lead to prejudicial expectations; i.e. If you are from Africa, the trust factor, for you, compared to another foreigner, who is from another European country, is of a different tier; for each foreign citizen, exist an expectation, which in most case is criminal.
I believe that maybe someone with a doctorate degree, in so-called Human Studies and Psychological Behaviour, convinced the world’s government that studies can indeed foretell the behaviours of us, based upon the country in which we were born.

If you find yourself laughing, at this moment, please make it brief because this is as serious as death.

My unprecedented actions, so far, include migrating to Switzerland, where I did not know anyone nor where the country was actually located, and I can see from another person’s point of view, where that could create suspicion of me being, maybe, a criminal on the run or maybe I am a spy for some top secret organization, but the reality is, I am just a man, who knew that I could move to and live in Switzerland, considering the satisfaction of its immigration laws, and that’s what I did. – That I will accredit to my years of sitting in classrooms, where some of my intelligence were gathered.

While living in Switzerland, I have returned valuable gifts, quit jobs without the promise of a new one, sued employers, walked when I could not afford to drive, stayed hungry when I could not afford food, went without new clothes, lived in poor conditions and smiled when I ought to be crying. This I will accredit to my culture, Jamaica; Jamaicans are brought up to be tough, sacrificial and be faithful to a God, who will never give them more than they can bear, and moreover, to deprive oneself of dignity is the lowest fall of all.
And with these unprecedented acts added, more suspicions arise, because according to the trusted studies, no man can be that strong nor that sacrificial, and somewhere in my story, a lie is expected to be uncovered and new truth found.

Switzerland having one of the world’s best quality of life does possess a social welfare system with the purpose of making sure that none of its inhabitants live below the poverty line, but within that support are pros and cons.

Despite being the law of the land which gives me legal right to be supported by the State, my cultural beliefs have led me to find shame in such support, even if I am unemployed; I am young, strong, educated and has no physical incapability, therefore, I should be able to work.

But when someone, like me, claims to be unemployed and still refuse to be supported by the State, it creates criminal suspicion rather than seen as moral ambition.

My last unprecedented action was when I appealed a judgment of a Swiss Court, and won, which made national news. And for a brief moment I was famed for the action, which must have shredded the results of human behavioural studies, considering that I am a foreigner, who was born in Jamaica and lives in Switzerland.
The very next day after I was seen on television, by millions, I was approached by a stranger, in a supermarket, who asked if I spoke English. After answering “yes”, the expected question of “Where are you from?” followed and I answered “I was born in Jamaica, grew up in the USA and lived many years in the UK”. She said that she too lived in the USA and was from Jamaican and African parentage; happy to have common grounds, we were both delighted and exchanged contact info.

She later contacted me and declared some of her personal problems, which included being undocumented in Switzerland and wanting to find a job. She was clear in asking if I knew where she could find “cash in hand” employment which required no tax nor personal identification. I then informed her that Switzerland is as strict as strict countries come, and she must be legitimate and be documented in order to work in Switzerland, and even if, by chance she was employed, without documents, it would be required in the immediate future.
Fortunately, for me, being law-abiding, this was my “unprecedented” aid to the stranger, whom I woke up a few days later thinking about.

Call me paranoid, but after reflecting on the incidents which led up to our unplanned collision, I concluded that this stranger was an undercover police officer or an informant/investigator for the police.

My unprecedented actions have made me into a suspected criminal, who might be living from undocumented incomes.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2016

Parents Jailed for PTA Meeting Absence
Under Swiss Law, parents who are absent from PTA meetings, which are deemed as ‘obligatory meetings’ can be criminally charged and fined Two Hundred Swiss Francs or be imprisoned for a maximum of two days.

In September 2014, my wife and I, while living in Glattfelden (Stadt Zürich), were given such a fine by Schule Eichhölzli, where our child attended at the time. We immediately refused to pay the fine, claiming the allegation as false, and the matter was transferred to Statthalteramt Bezirk Bülach (Governor’s Court) where we were subsequently subpoenaed to appear before a Judge a few months later.

The scheduled court date arrived in 2015 and our preliminary statements were given and documented, while a separate court date was scheduled for the representatives of Schule Eichhölzli, which included its Board President, Marco Dindo; my wife and I were allowed to be present as they provided the court with their preliminary statements and left.
Our expectations, thereafter, with the consideration of legal proceedings in mind, were that another court date would be scheduled, where the Judge would weigh up all of the evidences received, and a ruling would follow, based upon the guidelines of Swiss Law, but instead, we received individual fines, in the post, which amounted to more than Eight Hundred Swiss Francs.

Once again, we rejected the fines, appealed the decision while professing the transparency of legal mismanagement for delivering a guilty verdict without declared reasons.

Months went by before we received any correspondences from the court, which arrived without acknowledgement of our filed appeal, but with court charges amounting to more than Eighteen Hundred Swiss Francs and threats of imprisonment; again we raised our objections and rejected the fines.

Eventually, in 2016, our appeal was acknowledged and Hearings were scheduled for September 5, 2016 at Bezirksgericht Bülach, while the fines had reached a total of Two Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Swiss Francs (CHF 2’280.-) or imprisonment.

Our lives were in turmoil, all this time, as we battled with Statthalteramt Bezirk Bülach (Governor’s Court), who in a sense, innocently adopted a fight while the true culprits, Schule Eichhölzli, who started the whole problem, laid dormant.

To our surprise, the court’s public listing drew an overwhelming media frenzy to the case, as it turned out to be the first time, in Swiss criminal history, surrounding matters of this kind, that someone had ever appealed the decision.

Court commenced at 2pm on September 5, 2016 and after three hours of evidence production and reviews, the Judge presiding over the matter at Bezirksgericht Bülach, found no evidence of guilt, declared our innocence which was supported by guidelines of Swiss Laws and, after two years, we were free from all charges.
In decree of the Judge’s ruling, “no monetary compensation was to be paid” to my family in the matter which we appealed, and we were satisfied with such ruling; after all, although fining us meant that the Statthalteramt Bezirk Bülach (Governor’s Court) found us guilty, and it was this decision we appealed and won, in reality, our underlying battle was not with Statthalteramt Bezirk Bülach (Governor’s Court), but with Schule Eichhölzli. Normally, there would be room for compensation, considering that the ruling of Statthalteramt Bezirk Bülach (Governor’s Court) was overturned, except, in this particular case, the Judge’s ruling included “no compensation”, which would be limited to time loss, anyway.

Compensation for time loss is small when it is compared to compensation for Defamation of Character, which Schule Eichhölzli is indisputably guilty of.
And with our victorious win and overturned sentences, no time is better than the present to file our lawsuits against Schule Eichhölzli .

© Ian T. Sebàs 2016