Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean


Well, not so much the Caribbean, you might think. However, in case we had not noticed, there have been rumblings in Dominica of late (politics and then some), and Haiti has seen a year of protests. As I noted in my previous post, “Poor People Fed Up”! There is a lot of discontent, in particular … More Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean

Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It


This article by @richardheinberg is republished from ensia.com. What do YOU think? Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It The end of growth will come one day, perhaps very soon, whether we’re ready or not. If we plan for and manage it, we could well … More Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It

The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament


Remember the “formidable team” appointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and chaired by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding to assess Jamaica’s position with regard to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)? As I noted at the launch of the CARICOM Review Commission in July 2016, the eighteen-member group consisted mostly of business people with five sixths of … More The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish (And Hope) in Jamaica


The most recent Photo Challenge was simply: “Wish.” Late last year, I attended the UN Development Programme’s Social Good Summit in Kingston. The focus was on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are all diligently working towards them, but in a sense they remain just wishes, to be fully attained at some time in the … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish (And Hope) in Jamaica

Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center


Three days ago, the Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), of which I am a proud member, spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library as part of the CIN 12th Caribbean Lecture Series. While his audience may have been largely members of the substantial Jamaican diaspora in that … More Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center

#5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”


Five per cent annual GDP growth in four years. That’s what #5in4 means. Doable? Well, let’s see now… The Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston was my favorite cinema before it closed a few years back; it had cozy comfortable seats but not many filmgoers. This evening it was the venue for a special event organized … More #5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith Reports to Upper House on Recent Travels


Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has been traveling quite a bit lately. Today she gave a thorough report  to the Upper House on what she has been doing, and what transpired from her various meetings. In particular, please note the final section, providing an update on the issue of … More Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith Reports to Upper House on Recent Travels