The Children, Water Panic and the PM’s Hunger: Monday, July 21, 2014

I have been thinking about children this week. The innocent victims of a wave of violence and madness that has swept through the international and local news, without a care for their souls and their small precious lives. Four children killed while playing on a beach in Palestine (not to mention the many others killed, … More The Children, Water Panic and the PM’s Hunger: Monday, July 21, 2014

Marching as to War

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before. This hymn always made me feel uncomfortable as a child, although churchgoers in England used to sing it with gusto. It was written by Sabine Baring-Gould, a nineteenth-century Anglican priest who fathered fifteen children and wrote a number of books, … More Marching as to War

“Social Protests vs Moral Panics” by Annie Paul

I am going to share with you two articles from Jamaican writers that consider the current hysteria – supported and encouraged by a few members of the media – over the “gay agenda.” This started with the concerns of Christian fundamentalists over the dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain. If this had not involved homosexuality, we … More “Social Protests vs Moral Panics” by Annie Paul

A Very Hot Father’s Day: Sunday, June 15, 2014

Too hot! I checked WeatherBug on my phone yesterday and it told me it was 32 degrees Celsius, but “feels like 38.” What! It’s only June… Anyway, today was Father’s Day, and cafés and restaurants around Kingston were doing quite brisk business, I’m glad to say. Big ups to fathers everywhere! Relaxing ganja news: The big … More A Very Hot Father’s Day: Sunday, June 15, 2014

Professor Brendan Bain: Here Is Some Clarity

This week, a great deal of controversy has erupted over the termination of Professor Brendan Bain from the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART) at the University of the West Indies, after a coalition of regional civil society groups expressed their discomfort over expert testimony he gave in a Belizean court recently. Much of the discussion … More Professor Brendan Bain: Here Is Some Clarity

More LGBT Jamaicans Reporting Homophobic Violence to Police

While many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaicans continue to experience anti-gay harassment, discrimination and violence, more of them are beginning to report these incidents to the police. According to Dane Lewis, J-FLAG’s executive director, “Almost half of the sixty-three reports to the organisation from LGBT people last year were reported to the police. … More More LGBT Jamaicans Reporting Homophobic Violence to Police