Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica Wins Two International Muse Creative Awards


I have always enjoyed the Broadcasting Commission’s ads. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica is the regulatory body with responsibility for radio, television and cable services in Jamaica. In their ads (online and television) serious messages about the way we use media are very much out there – but always with a delightful twist of  humour. … More Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica Wins Two International Muse Creative Awards

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

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

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…

Money in Politics: “He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune,” says National Integrity Action


Do we hear murmurings of a possible election in the air? Perhaps; politicians seem to be doing a lot of weekend campaigning in various parts of the country. Be that as it may, there are a number of electoral issues that have been not so much ignored as put on one side. The Jamaican anti-corruption … More Money in Politics: “He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune,” says National Integrity Action

“Life Begins at Forty”: The EU-Jamaica Relationship, and Beyond


After a very busy day yesterday, I ended up missing the Europe Day celebrations at the residence of Ambassador Paola Amadei, who heads the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica. Europe Day is actually “Schuman Day” – May 9, 1950 – when a new direction, a vision for a peaceful, united Europe was … More “Life Begins at Forty”: The EU-Jamaica Relationship, and Beyond