Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]


I have read two books recently that reflect on the complex relationship between the Caribbean and what we like to call our “big, powerful neighbor to the North.” They are both written by Americans, but that is where the similarities end. This book is published by Ian Randle Publishers and is written by Debbie Jacob, … More Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]

Health Matters


It seems health issues are never far away from the top of the agenda in Jamaica. There is so much to be done, and resources only go so far. There are so many weaknesses in our public health system, and there always seems to be a new challenge looming on the horizon. One huge headache … More Health Matters

Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET


 So, once again, the good citizens of Kingston are suffering from a fire near the Riverton City dump (not landfill). This is, of course, not the first time. There was the major tyre fire in 2014, and another fire in 2015. I wrote about the problem of air pollution in Jamaica just recently. Now, another tyre … More Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET

The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth


The street is lined with the razor-wired walls of factories and warehouses, downtown. Not far away, two long-necked cranes on the wharf lean into the sun. Trucks rumble down the road. I arrive at a heavily secured gate. The setting is a little forbidding. But the gate is shaded by a mango tree, and the … More The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth

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

Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany


Here’s an update on the petition, which I shared in my last blog post. Eleven conservation organisations have signed an open letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim regarding the export of Dominica’s beloved parrots to Germany.  If you have not already signed, please read the statement from BirdsCaribbean … More Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany