Justice matters in Jamaica

One of our favourite American political podcasters, who focuses largely on the ex-President’s interminable legal manouevrings, intones at the end of each podcast: “Because Justice. Matters.” Emphasis on the final word. Well, so it does in Jamaica, too. Our Police Commissioner is looking increasingly haggard at each quarterly press conference, and our Prime Minister seemed … More Justice matters in Jamaica

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition

It’s 2021, and everything seems to be happening at once. It’s hard to keep up. Education, health, crime (crime!!), travel and tourism – and more – all seem to be “hot button” issues. The new year is already shaping up to be quite crowded; we need to wrap our heads around some fundamental issues, and … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition

Mercury in Retrograde, Mistakes of the Past, Modern-Day Slaves: Jamaica on Saturday, July 28, 2018

I learned this week that Mercury is in retrograde from July 26 to August 18. It’s a time when there will be a lot of disagreements and misunderstandings. We are cautioned also to keep a low profile and not make any big decisions, because they may backfire. Actually, this could explain a lot about happenings … More Mercury in Retrograde, Mistakes of the Past, Modern-Day Slaves: Jamaica on Saturday, July 28, 2018

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Prime Minister Holness Extends Condolences After Orlando – and Pledges to Fight Gun Violence at Home

The last two or three days have been horrible, at home and abroad – the kind of period where one feels the struggle against darkness and destruction is almost too much. I am feeling subdued this Sunday, and the quiet rain falling outside is in sympathy. I’m sharing Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ statement following the … More Prime Minister Holness Extends Condolences After Orlando – and Pledges to Fight Gun Violence at Home

New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016

My first news post of 2016, and nothing of great moment so far – except that Jesse and Walt are in trouble again, this time with Mexican drug dealers… Oh, sorry. We acquired Netflix recently and have become immersed in “Breaking Bad,” which if you haven’t seen it is superior television, even if emotionally draining. New … More New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

It’s been a difficult week. You know how sad news sometimes really hurts, while some indulge in the petty and the trivial? At least the gentle rains and persistent showers this week may have washed some of the pain away. Political pettiness: The debate on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) remained in the doldrums last … More The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015

Things have quietened down a little in the past few days – or are some issues just simmering under the surface? Time will tell. Anyway, the stress of drought is over and the weather has been close to perfect. Gardens are flourishing and the sunlight is softer. Long may it last. CCJ debate: The Caribbean Court … More A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015