A Stormy Start to the Year: Jamaica, January 18, 2017

First: I promise to bring lots of happy, hopeful news in my next post! It truly has been a tempestuous couple of weeks to start off 2017. Even the weather went a little strange; one night we had tropical storm force winds and many Jamaicans’ power went off. Half our apple tree ended up on the … More A Stormy Start to the Year: Jamaica, January 18, 2017

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Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

2017 is well under way now, and so far it is looking challenging. You could say, however, that each year presents us with new challenges (and many old ones, hung over from the previous year). I asked some women about their expectations and hopes for Jamaica this year. Here are their thoughts, and I would … More Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

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The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

In my last blog post, I mentioned the case of a 64 year-old church pastor, Rupert Clarke, who was recently discovered in flagrant delicto by the police, allegedly raping a fifteen year-old girl in a parked car. Yes, I am using the word “rape” because, to me, this is statutory rape. However, the man was today charged with … More The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

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Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations

On the eve of Human Rights Day (December 10) there was a small but meaningful gathering at the coziest small hotel in town, the Alhambra Inn. Earlier this month, 22 representatives of ten civil society organizations graduated from a critical training session that focused on Policy Monitoring and Advocacy. The seven-month training, organized by the … More Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations

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Christmas in Twitterland – A Pictorial Glimpse

Well, everyone knows I just love Twitter. It’s exciting, annoying, fun, very diverse and if I can manage to avoid Donald Trump’s tweets, I’m OK. I am @petchary. We had a moderately sociable Christmas – with family Skype sessions and friends for food and drink – but Twitter still kept me amused in between chatting … More Christmas in Twitterland – A Pictorial Glimpse

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Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

Boxing Days are designed for doing nothing much. Christmas Day itself can be quite hectic – unless you are so well off that you have servant to direct to do things for you. Today is very low key for us – apart from our three young dogs, who are non-stop hyper. It’s ten days since … More Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

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Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

Life seems one great big rush, with Christmas just over a week away. There seem to be a few more Christmas parties than usual going on. Are people spending more money? It’s hard to say. The streets are clogged with traffic and stores in Kingston are getting full, but whether there is much business going … More Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

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