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Jamaica’s new prime minister says the time has come for the Caribbean country to cut ties with the British monarchy.  In her inaugural address, Portia Simpson Miller said her government’s top priorities would be creating jobs and dealing with the nation’s ailing economy, but complete independence is also on her wish list.  The announcement comes ahead of Prince Harry‘s visit in a few months and celebrations to mark 50 years of Jamaican independence from Britain.

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America has 2.3 million people in prison — more than any other country. More than one in 100 adults are in jail. No society in history has imprisoned more of its citizens. 1 in 9 black men aged between 20 and 34 is behind bars. There are more 17-year-old black American males in jail than in college. Ameriacan has five percent of the world’s population but 25% of its prisoners. And prison labour is now a huge industry, producing an enormous range of goods, not least for the US military. It is in effect a revival of the slave trade. Britain can’t compete but is no slouch either, locking up more of its population — 148 per 100,000 — than any other European country, and more than China, India or Turkey.