Earth Day 2020 in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons We Are Learning

It is the eve of Earth Day 2020 (Wednesday, April 22) and its fiftieth anniversary. Last year, I collected a bunch of inspirational quotes and did some philosophizing. 2020 is a historic occasion, which we will celebrate online while something else – something almost beyond our imagination – is unfolding in our lives. Like most periods … More Earth Day 2020 in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons We Are Learning

The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

World Press Freedom Day, May 3, never really strikes me as a “celebration.” In fact, every year it appears less and less so. Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law is this year’s UNESCO theme. It seems appropriate. The catalogue of persecution, oppression, harassment, murder and imprisonment does not cover the past … More World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

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

Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Today has been surreal. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order has created chaos, anger and pain at many airports across the United States. Here are a few of the almost nightmarish occurrences, which unraveled on Twitter this evening. It went something like this: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (of all days) Donald Trump signs an Executive Order (EO) restricting immigration … More Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)