Asma Jahangir, Renowned Human Rights Defender, Dies: Her Visit To and Report On Jamaica In 2003

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I was saddened to learn on Sunday of the sudden death of Asma Jahangir, the remarkable Pakistani lawyer and human rights advocate, who died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Ms Jahangir was a courageous human rights defender, who had great impact within her…

BirdsCaribbean Welcomes New U.S.-Cuba Cooperation on the Environment Ahead of 2017 International Meeting

As we are all aware, the process of greater collaboration between the United States and Cuba is ongoing – step by step. This is already changing the dynamics in this corner of the world. Here in Jamaica, it was remarkable to see U.S. Ambassador Luis Moreno sharing a toast with the Prime Minister and his … More BirdsCaribbean Welcomes New U.S.-Cuba Cooperation on the Environment Ahead of 2017 International Meeting

The Caribbean at #COP21: A Few Gleanings from the Frontlines and At Home

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France is well under way now, and I have been picking up numerous articles that are of interest and relevant to the Caribbean on social media. It’s a little difficult to sort out – and almost impossible to know what is happening in terms of the day-to-day … More The Caribbean at #COP21: A Few Gleanings from the Frontlines and At Home

The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

It’s been a difficult week. You know how sad news sometimes really hurts, while some indulge in the petty and the trivial? At least the gentle rains and persistent showers this week may have washed some of the pain away. Political pettiness: The debate on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) remained in the doldrums last … More The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I heard my first Christmas radio commercial last week. Jingle bells and all. I was quite shocked. It is, after all, still October, last time I checked! It has been around ten days since I last wrote, and the past ten days have been, shall we say, a rather rough ride for some of our … More Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Jamaican “King” in Qatar, Our China Lobbyist, and is the Climate Park Parked? Sunday, July 12, 2015

It’s a conspiracy, I swear. The weather app on my phone confidently predicted thunderstorms. We heard rumbles, and a kind of moisture appeared on the ground. No, it wasn’t rain; it was like the ghost of rain. So, on with the drought…in poor old Kingston, anyway. Can we just stop talking about “land of wood and … More A Jamaican “King” in Qatar, Our China Lobbyist, and is the Climate Park Parked? Sunday, July 12, 2015

What’s Happening in Hispaniola? Viewpoints From Grenada, Jamaica and the Bahamas

Hispaniola? Where’s that? Some may ask. Oh, it’s that huge island, nearly 30,000 square miles in size and the second largest island in the Caribbean, divided into the Creole-speaking Haiti and Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic. It is the island that Jamaicans do not visit that often, perhaps because of the language and cultural barriers; perhaps because … More What’s Happening in Hispaniola? Viewpoints From Grenada, Jamaica and the Bahamas

No Surprises, Standing and Walking Out and Replanting Trees: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The days are galloping along amidst golden sunshine and light showers. The garden is blossoming and as Bob Marley would say, “The weather is sweet.” A big day yesterday: I am not sure why the scheduled (and announced in advance) press briefing by the National Housing Trust (NHT) could not have been streamed live. Wasn’t it important … More No Surprises, Standing and Walking Out and Replanting Trees: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Untangling the Web, More Sewage Flows, and an Apology: Friday, November 21, 2014

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” It was Sir Walter Scott – not Shakespeare – who wrote this, and the words ring true. Some of us are perhaps starting to feel that the confusion and obfuscation surrounding the Outameni issue could (must?) be deliberate. No one could so thoroughly … More Untangling the Web, More Sewage Flows, and an Apology: Friday, November 21, 2014

Senator Nicholson’s Apology in the Upper House Today

Here is the text of Senator The Hon. A.J. Nicholson’s apology for his comment in Parliament three weeks ago, made in the Upper House this afternoon (Friday, November 21), as supplied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Mr. President: On Friday, October 31, whilst Senator Malahoo-Forte was making her presentation in the … More Senator Nicholson’s Apology in the Upper House Today