Another International Day passed without much comment from anybody on the island. I should have posted this last Friday, March 15, which was the actual date of International Day Against Police Brutality. It raises awareness of an issue that persists (and in many places is actually worsening) in developing and developed countries. According to the Independent … More Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice
Valentine’s Day is pretty big in Jamaica. In uptown Kingston, there are brunches and concerts and special events. The town is flooded with imported roses, shiny boxes of chocolates and teddy bears with loving messages. The flower sellers on the corner near our house went into overdrive yesterday, setting out tables full of merchandise. It’s … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week
I am honored and pleased to share the first part in a two-part article, submitted by my friend Professor Bernard Headley, who has remained steadfastly focused on the plight of immigrants, including deportees, over the years. This is a personal story, as they all are: stories about people, families, fathers and sons and daughters. I … More I Could Have Been Among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Part 1): A Guest Post from Professor Bernard Headley
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
My apologies, dear readers, for neglecting this space in the last week or two. Events have overtaken me! However, I have been busy writing elsewhere. You can find me on the Gleaner’s blog pages here under Social Impact – where recently I have been writing about environmental issues in the Caribbean, and whether we are … More Soon Come!
Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018
In January, 2014, I happened to be on Orange Street just a short while after Nakiea Jackson was shot dead by the police in his cookshop. I wrote about it here. I also noted later that month: A lady whom I don’t know posted a comment yesterday on my article about the alleged police killing … More A Journey for Justice in the Americas: In Kingston Tomorrow Evening
Advocacy is not something that one necessarily makes a conscious decision to go into. For me, it was a natural thing to do since I was a young woman – although I never thought of myself as an “advocate.” However, every chance I got I found myself talking about the evils of the apartheid system … More Young Jamaicans: Time to Learn About the Power of Advocacy!
It has not been an easy week in Jamaica, I think it’s fair to say. Our island has had a bit of drama. On the plus side, the weather is gentle and warm… and I hear a pair of parrots chatting to each other in our back yard. Yes, we have urban parrots, woodpeckers, warblers … More Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018