Bloganuary: What advice would I give to my teenage self?

Well, Bloganuary has got off to an interesting start with its first prompt, and the blog posts are rolling in, inspired by this question: I have not looked at my Bloganuary colleagues’ posts yet, but we are all planning to comment/like/share of course, in the tradition of social media, and we won’t forget the hashtags … More Bloganuary: What advice would I give to my teenage self?

Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

The Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) launched its database of Jewish burial grounds in Jamaica today. Volunteers conducted extensive cataloguing of the sites across the island between 2008 and 2017. They recorded 33 burial locations including synagogue-purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were … More Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

It’s International Human Rights Day, and it’s not just a hashtag. A lot has been going through my mind today. These are stormy times, with the wind blowing first one way and then the other. A sudden rogue wave appears and nearly knocks you off your feet. 2021 has been strangely – and perhaps surprisingly … More Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

Open Letter and call for peace for Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Ahmed from a Diasporan African

“So much trouble in the world,” sang Bob Marley, back in 1979. Well, some forty years later, little has changed. The world seems to be tearing itself apart, and often, apparently, barely able to hold it together. These are desperate times for many. On the continent of Africa, so dear to Marley’s heart and soul, … More Open Letter and call for peace for Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Ahmed from a Diasporan African

Jamaica declares November 23rd Mary Seacole Day

Jamaica is hurrying down towards Christmas now, it seems. Not a gallop yet – just a gentle canter. Lots of happenings and running up and down, and things seem a little brighter and more lively than last year’s season, which was fairly glum. There is some cheerful news here, though. The Government of Jamaica has … More Jamaica declares November 23rd Mary Seacole Day

The Blue Mountains of Jamaica, the history of Holywell and the story of the breadfruit

Sometimes things connect in the most fortuitous way. Yesterday, Holywell launched its new logo, up in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). I should have attended in person, but at least I did via their livestream on Instagram. The occasion was not only a logo … More The Blue Mountains of Jamaica, the history of Holywell and the story of the breadfruit

One Summer: a poem in memory of Stephen Lawrence by Ann-Margaret Lim

Jamaican poet Ann-Margaret Lim was published on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day today (October 21). The poem is a memorial to Stephen Lawrence, the 18-year-old who was murdered by a gang of white thugs at a bus stop in London in 1993. Investigations into the murder were rife with corruption allegations, and a subsequent … More One Summer: a poem in memory of Stephen Lawrence by Ann-Margaret Lim

Concentrating minds: the Caribbean at the UN in 2021 was shorter and sharper

Fast forward to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2021 – and what a difference two years can make. In my last post, I offered a critique of Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s somewhat unfocused speech at the UNGA in 2019. Well, the world has changed. Ms. Mottley’s 2021 speech hit home and gave the … More Concentrating minds: the Caribbean at the UN in 2021 was shorter and sharper