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

Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015


It’s been an interesting week. Rain has fallen. There was a holiday in the middle of it (Ash Wednesday) when we took a little pause. The weather remains “cool” by Jamaican standards, and we can’t complain. Parliament officially reopened yesterday. The annual colonial-era parade of the two parties striding down Duke Street, while their little groups … More Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crazy-Beautiful


I promised myself (and you, my dear, patient readers) at least one blog post on Brazil, after an afternoon of browsing through my somewhat inadequate but much-loved and much-played collection of Brazilian music.  But then, what happened?  The days on this often beautiful, often crazy island seem shorter, the hours wander along, and it’s nearly … More Crazy-Beautiful