The leadership question: some thoughts from Jamaica’s Integrity Commission

When we are discussing a particularly intractable problem, and there seems to be no solution, no positive outcome – in fact, no outcome at all – we often scratch our heads and say: “Well, it’s a matter of leadership.” In other words, a lack of leadership. We cannot untangle the conundrum. We go round in … More The leadership question: some thoughts from Jamaica’s Integrity Commission

Citizens Associations call for Moratorium on High Density Developments in Low Density Communities

It has become a nightmare in many areas of uptown Kingston. Many of our old single-family homes have been torn down, to be replaced with cold, ugly high-rise apartment blocks, squeezed into small spaces. And no. This is not just about upset, better-off citizens who are seeing their once quiet, green neighborhoods transformed almost overnight … More Citizens Associations call for Moratorium on High Density Developments in Low Density Communities

Why is it taking so long to investigate the cutting of a Rastafarian’s dreadlocks by the police?

The alleged cutting of a Rastafarian woman’s dreadlocks by the police on July 22, 2021 caused a huge wave of outrage on Jamaican social media. I wrote about the case here for Global Voices. Well, once the storm of outrage had died down – and other news items and new “things to be shocked about” … More Why is it taking so long to investigate the cutting of a Rastafarian’s dreadlocks by the police?

Canada, CARIMAC Host National Cyber Security Conference Next Week

There’s a lot going on at the moment – I guess before everything goes quiet over the Christmas holiday. An important conference on Cyber Security with a lot of international speakers is coming up. This is yet another huge issue for Jamaica at the moment, with the fierce debate over the upcoming National ID System (NIDS) continuing. … More Canada, CARIMAC Host National Cyber Security Conference Next Week

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

NIA Calls on Director of Public Prosecutions to Prosecute Delinquent Candidates

Well, general elections took place on February 25, and political candidates were to have filed their information on how much they spent on their respective election campaigns not later than April 6, 2016. Now, 41 candidates have not met this deadline and are in breach of the law. How can our lawmakers be breaking their own … More NIA Calls on Director of Public Prosecutions to Prosecute Delinquent Candidates

Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change

Late last year, the non-governmental organization National Integrity Action held another membership induction ceremony at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI). It was an inspiring event; NIA is building an impressive cadre of very smart young people who are willing to step forward and advocate for transparency and accountability in governance. … More Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change

Statement of the 51% Coalition: Defending Our Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Good Governance

Following recent events related to the National Housing Trust, the 51% Coalition (Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment) issued this press release today. The Coalition is an alliance of women, women’s organizations and partners which formalizes collaboration that has been taking place over a number of years among such bodies. The 51% Coalition seeks … More Statement of the 51% Coalition: Defending Our Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Good Governance