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Leveraging Olympic Success

September 2008 | Risk Summary

Faced with a surge of violent crime on the island this year, Prime Minister Bruce Golding has sought to use the success of his nation's athletes at this year's Beijing Olympics as a way of instilling a sense of cohesion among his citizens. 958 people were murdered the first half of 2008, up 14% from the same period last year, and an average of one policeman is reported to have been killed every month. Golding thanked the country's athletes for re-branding Jamaica and hopes to use the success as a springboard to steer young people away from crime. We caution

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