Jamaican citizens call for consultations with government over planned urban developments

Do we want participatory governance, or is it just a box that our government likes to check? Do government officials even want to bother with that box marked “consultations,” at all? Citizens Rights to the City (CRC) is a grouping formed fairly recently, comprising no less than 29 already well-established citizens groups and communities in … More Jamaican citizens call for consultations with government over planned urban developments

The leadership question: some thoughts from Jamaica’s Integrity Commission

When we are discussing a particularly intractable problem, and there seems to be no solution, no positive outcome – in fact, no outcome at all – we often scratch our heads and say: “Well, it’s a matter of leadership.” In other words, a lack of leadership. We cannot untangle the conundrum. We go round in … More The leadership question: some thoughts from Jamaica’s Integrity Commission

No place for racism in our politics, says Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica

The current atmosphere, both in Jamaica and elsewhere, encourages me to think that we have to continuously fight against the negative, the dark, and the downright destructive. The struggle is real! Everald Warmington is a Member of Parliament for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Minister Without Portfolio responsible for Works in the Ministry … More No place for racism in our politics, says Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica

Political will and maturity required for a consensus on crime in Jamaica

The number of murders in Jamaica passed the 1,000 mark for the year recently (can you imagine). It is always a grim milestone. We measure our “crime problem” by the number of lives lost – men, women and children – every year. They are not numbers. They are grandmothers. They are schoolchildren. They are abused … More Political will and maturity required for a consensus on crime in Jamaica

Defend the Deep: Jamaican youth climate activists call on their government to think again on deep sea mining

Young Jamaican climate activists are making their voices heard, loud and clear, in Jamaican media and social media – on deep sea mining. This is a critical time for our oceans, whose fate now hangs in the balance. I noted this back in 2019, when Greenpeace and local environmental activists staged a protest at a … More Defend the Deep: Jamaican youth climate activists call on their government to think again on deep sea mining

The Caribbean Tree Planting Project forges a spiritual connection with Jamaica’s diaspora

It was a hot, dry Saturday morning in Kingston, and the polished pews gleamed at the New Testament Church of God on Eastwood Park Road. There was an air of calm. The Saharan dust blurred the sky. The traffic hustled on outside, but it was quiet inside. The people quietly moving around the edges of … More The Caribbean Tree Planting Project forges a spiritual connection with Jamaica’s diaspora

Human rights advocates respond to imposition of a State of Emergency in St. Catherine

What our local media like to call “the crime monster” continues to haunt us all, stalking us – ever in our footsteps. Rather like the monster in the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” its presence is always palpable in some way or another. But unlike the sci-fi monster, crime doesn’t live in the “Upside Down.” It … More Human rights advocates respond to imposition of a State of Emergency in St. Catherine

Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie have been very busy recently in Geneva, Switzerland, where the 75th World Health Assembly took place, ending on May 28. They have been talking a great deal about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which as we know are rampant on the island – … More Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

Jamaica’s Kamina Johnson Smith is a candidate for Commonwealth Secretary-General (and President Kagame will visit next week)

Just last month, Jamaica received a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, familiarly known as “Will and Kate.” As the eldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, William may become King of England one day. However, the winds of change are blowing in short, sharp gusts across the Caribbean, and the royal … More Jamaica’s Kamina Johnson Smith is a candidate for Commonwealth Secretary-General (and President Kagame will visit next week)

Why are so many Jamaicans still dying on our roads?

We love roads. We are continuously building new ones. More concrete, oil consumption, noise, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution are definitely the way to go, it appears. The mindset seems to be: Let’s try to get from A to B faster! It’s so important to get from, say, Kingston to Mandeville in an hour rather … More Why are so many Jamaicans still dying on our roads?