Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

Jamaica did NOT Vote to Support Suspension of Venezuela from the Organisation of American States (0AS) – Pearnel Charles Jr.

Jamaica (and the Caribbean’s) relationship with neighbors in Venezuela has suffered some tremors in recent years, especially since President Nicolás Maduro tightened his authoritarian grip on that country since taking up office five years ago. Nevertheless, over the decades that relationship has been consistently warm and supportive. Relations between Venezuela and the Organisation of American … More Jamaica did NOT Vote to Support Suspension of Venezuela from the Organisation of American States (0AS) – Pearnel Charles Jr.

Statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Comment Made by the President of the United States of America

By now, I am sure we all know what the comment was, and I will not repeat it here. Although somewhat belated, I am happy to see that CARICOM has united around this issue, as have many other organisations and individuals. This response was posted on CARICOM’s website at midday today (Saturday, January 13). It is … More Statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Comment Made by the President of the United States of America

Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards

The deadline is Thursday, December 14. Don’t leave it too late to apply – or nominate someone! 14 November 2017 Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards Nominations are now open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. This special edition of the awards will coincide with the Commonwealth Youth … More Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards

Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Thursday, September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace. And here I am, “reblogging” myself. It is a seven year-old post. Yes, it’s odd, I am conceding. However, it’s for a reason: I am ashamed. I am ashamed, and embarrassed, that I wrote the blog post below, rejoicing at the release of Aung San … More Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Why Kenyans Are Sick of Voting: Gathara’s World

As you must know by now, I am a big fan of Kenyan political blogger Patrick Gathara. Here he is, hitting the nail on the head again about VOTING. Haven’t we had this conversation so many times before, here in Jamaica? I have to agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Gathara’s conclusion: “A democratic system is not about … More Why Kenyans Are Sick of Voting: Gathara’s World

How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara

Kenyan blogger, cartoonist and political commentator Patrick Gathara has done it again! This, his latest blog post on Gathara’s World could apply to Jamaica, don’t you think? Or actually, many other countries. It’s election time in Kenya, and I thank Mr. Gathara for a welcome dose of reality. You can find this article here. In the coming days, especially … More How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara

Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26

It’s fair to say that the ongoing disintegration of social and political life in Venezuela has thrown most of the countries in the English-speaking Caribbean into something of a quandary. There is no doubt that these islands (with the exception of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Montserrat) have benefited greatly from the PetroCaribe arrangement with … More Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26

Development Is About People, Not Economies: A Blog Post by Patrick Gathara

I am a big fan of Kenyan cartoonist and political commentator Patrick Gathara’s blog. I often find that his articles ring true for Jamaica, too – although Kenya of course has its own specific issues. Here’s another thought-provoking post from Mr. Gathara. You may find the link here… Last week I was invited to what was … More Development Is About People, Not Economies: A Blog Post by Patrick Gathara

E is for Elections

Originally posted on Wright Outta Nowhere:
One of only a handful of election posters during the February 2016 election. It was interesting to me when we first arrived in Jamaica in 2015 that there would soon be a general election. We arrived to a similar situation in Nepal in 2013, but the circumstances were a…