World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration


World Press Freedom Day, May 3, never really strikes me as a “celebration.” In fact, every year it appears less and less so. Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law is this year’s UNESCO theme. It seems appropriate. The catalogue of persecution, oppression, harassment, murder and imprisonment does not cover the past … More World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition


There has been a worrying development in bird conservation in the Caribbean recently. On March 17, two Sisserou (Imperial Parrots Amazona imperialis) and ten Jaco (Red-necked Parrots Amazona arausiaca) were whisked away from the island of Dominica, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria last year. How, why and where did they go? Well, we … More Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition

Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018


It’s April 1, and I got fooled by one or two tweets today! Also, of course for those who celebrate it, it’s Easter Day. Large quantities of bun and cheese are being eaten, as I write. I am trying to catch up a little on the news, so here goes… Caribbean: Haitian photo-journalist Vladimir Legagneur disappeared on March … More Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018

INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice


Is the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which investigates police abuses, now in a kind of legal limbo? I had clearly not been paying attention, but a Court of Appeal ruling last week caught me by surprise. INDECOM’s Statement “accepted in part” the Appeal Court ruling (a split decision), and I am not sure whether they will … More INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice

Statement from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica


This is a tricky matter that, as the ECJ states, is currently before the courts. However, it has already been much discussed in the public sphere. I will not add to this discussion now, but am merely relaying this statement from the ECJ Chair: STATEMENT FROM THE HON. DOROTHY PINE-MCLARTY, O.J., CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION … More Statement from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica

A Journey for Justice in the Americas: In Kingston Tomorrow Evening


In January, 2014, I happened to be on Orange Street just a short while after Nakiea Jackson was shot dead by the police in his cookshop. I wrote about it here. I also noted later that month: A lady whom I don’t know posted a comment yesterday on my article about the alleged police killing … More A Journey for Justice in the Americas: In Kingston Tomorrow Evening