I considered wearing black today. Today was the end of a really horrid “first month of the decade.” (I think that may be inaccurate, but frankly – I don’t care). 2020 so far has not been nice. I don’t need to really list all the unpleasantness, although some have already done so. It started for … More Brexit Day Was My Day of Mourning
Four days ahead of Christmas Eve, I am wondering if we are actually going to celebrate the holidays this year. Now, I personally am not particularly keen on Christmas (we don’t go to church, and we haven’t had a Christmas tree in years) but now I find myself longing for some Christmas cheer. Why is … More Help! We Need Christmas! Now!
State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. is in the UK on a “diaspora trip.” As I am sure you know, the “diaspora” is that large, but often scattered community of people of Jamaican descent living overseas, whatever their citizenship status. There are several Jamaican Diaspora … More On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World
You may wonder at the title, unless you are a fan of Bob Dylan, as I am. This is the title of a lament. Dylan’s song is a harsh view of immigrants (or anyone else) who may have aspirations that turn into ashes. There are many interpretations to this song; listen to it and figure … More I Pity the Poor Immigrant
Yes, I did say “hibernation.” And I know that really refers to winter (cue polar bears curled up in their dens). However, the only way to cope with this already agonisingly hot summer is a similar strategy: slow down, keep cool, tune out physically – if not mentally. I advise going into sleep mode. So … More Hibernation Plans for Summer 2017
It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech
“Interesting times” could also be rephrased as “dark times,” as a dear Twitter friend described the state of the world the other day. Here’s a guest blog post from my friend Wayne Campbell. You can find his blog at http://www.wayaine.blogspot.com/ and his contact details are below. Wayne is particularly focused on gender issues, and through this … More We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell
I recently re-connected with an old acquaintance, Professor Emeritus of Criminology & Justice Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Bernard Headley. Some time ago, Professor Headley co-founded and now chairs a group named the National Organisation of Deported Migrants. I am pleased to share with you his perspective on deportees – a … More Cautionary Note On Going (Again) After Deportees: By Professor Bernard Headley
I ask this question in the headline here because I really don’t know how healthy our Jamaican democracy is – although on balance, I would say we are in reasonably good shape, compared to some other developing nations. I would suggest that the “two C’s” – Crime and Corruption – are major threats to our … More International Democracy Day, September 15: How is Our Democracy Doing?
I am not an economist. I have said this before, so if I am way off the mark – please correct me. But I sat up straight when a headline popped up on Twitter: “IMF urges G20 to champion globalization at China summit.” Globalization! That was a terrifying word for many, back in the good … More Globalization, Brexit and Inequality: Is It All Bad?