“I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy toward the Islamic State... So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people. We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic state to back off and leave our people alone.”

Shaggy sings, “It wasn’t me,” as he denies, denies, denies. And guess what, the woman believes him too, as she’s in denial.

The same applies to other people who are in denial. They see all the evidence around them, feel it breathing down their neck, hear it, can almost touch and taste its bitterness, and yet choose to deny its very existence.

The Jamaican diaspora is estimated to be considerably larger than the population inside the Caribbean island. In 2004, the country’s government convened the Jamaica diaspora conference to strengthen the links and support systems between Jamaicans residing abroad and those at home; deepen collaboration and co-operation between the stakeholder groups that serve them; and facilitate and increase the scope and impact of the contribution of the diaspora to the development of Jamaicans.

The following is one in a series of letters addressed to United States President Barack Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

It’s amazing to me that both chambers of the United States House cannot agree on major issues of interest to Americans who elect them – including immigration reform – but they did manage to pass legislation providing financing for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system before they left Washington, D.C. for the summer break.