Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


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

We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell


“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

Cautionary Note On Going (Again) After Deportees: By Professor Bernard Headley


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

International Democracy Day, September 15: How is Our Democracy Doing?


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?

Styling in Rio


Well, the city of Rio de Janeiro is not getting very good press, with the Olympic Games around the corner. It’s afflicted with Zika virus fears, polluted waters, collapsing buildings and security concerns. Rio is a magnificent city. It is overwhelmingly beautiful, crazy, energetic, disturbing and ugly – all at the same time. When I … More Styling in Rio