A New Year Message from CARICOM’s Chairwoman


I am not particularly enchanted by Caribbean politicians on the whole, but I do like the new Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley. She has a deep, rather soothing voice and a straight-forward manner. She is refreshingly lacking in pomposity. I also like the scarves she drapes … More A New Year Message from CARICOM’s Chairwoman

Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean


Well, not so much the Caribbean, you might think. However, in case we had not noticed, there have been rumblings in Dominica of late (politics and then some), and Haiti has seen a year of protests. As I noted in my previous post, “Poor People Fed Up”! There is a lot of discontent, in particular … More Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean

Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region


In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up.  It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children


Health issues seem to be seizing the headlines, in one way or the other, at the moment. Our health sector is under pressure, and a violent incident involving a local politician, who had brought her sick baby to the Bustamante Hospital for Children for treatment, highlights those stresses. The politician concerned has since (partially) apologized. The … More Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children

We Can Do It: Three Million Trees in Three Years, Says Prime Minister


I confess that I am still a little hazy about the Prime Minister’s plan, announced with considerable fanfare at the recent Climate Action Summit, to plant three million trees in three years. I would love to have more details. I read this recent column (October 13) by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in the Jamaica Gleaner and still … More We Can Do It: Three Million Trees in Three Years, Says Prime Minister