The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

It has not been a good week; not for the environment (permits were issued for the mining in Cockpit Country to go ahead) – or for human rights. On Wednesday, February 9, after a wait of around seven months, our Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn announced that she is recommending that no criminal … More The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

Jamaica’s Advocates Network points to “troubling inequalities” after DPP ruling on partying politicians

Just as Jamaicans were sitting down to enjoy their Sunday lunch, two days ago, some disturbing, but unsurprising news filtered through. The Director of Public Prosecutions announced that she had recommended to the police that no charges should be proffered against former Agriculture Minister Floyd Green and colleagues, who were enjoying champagne toasts at a … More Jamaica’s Advocates Network points to “troubling inequalities” after DPP ruling on partying politicians

Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

It’s International Human Rights Day, and it’s not just a hashtag. A lot has been going through my mind today. These are stormy times, with the wind blowing first one way and then the other. A sudden rogue wave appears and nearly knocks you off your feet. 2021 has been strangely – and perhaps surprisingly … More Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

Concentrating minds: the Caribbean at the UN in 2021 was shorter and sharper

Fast forward to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2021 – and what a difference two years can make. In my last post, I offered a critique of Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s somewhat unfocused speech at the UNGA in 2019. Well, the world has changed. Ms. Mottley’s 2021 speech hit home and gave the … More Concentrating minds: the Caribbean at the UN in 2021 was shorter and sharper

Real Leadership on International Women’s Day – Choosing to Challenge the Status Quo

Tomorrow (Monday, March 8) is International Women’s Day. So, tomorrow, women (and men, and all gender identities) are being asked to raise their right hand symbolically in a gesture to suggest that they #ChooseToChallenge inequality, discrimination, bias and stereotypes. It’s a call to action. As Joy Crawford, Executive Director of the Jamaican non-profit organization Eve … More Real Leadership on International Women’s Day – Choosing to Challenge the Status Quo

IDB Invest and JMMB Bank promote access to financing for small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica

We are constantly seeking solutions, in these uncertain times. Why are small and medium-sized enterprises missing out so badly on financing? The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has partnered with JMMB Bank (Jamaica) Limited to try to address this. IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, signed an agreement with JMMB Bank (Jamaica) Limited, which … More IDB Invest and JMMB Bank promote access to financing for small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica

The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

Writer and historian Dr. Anne C. Bailey, looking back, just decided to repost this moving article, which she first published in April, 2020 – just when the pain and loss of the COVID-19 pandemic was being felt deeply in the United States – and in particular in the state of New York, where Dr. Bailey … More The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report 2020 was just launched globally at lunchtime today (December 15). It is headlined “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.” Unfortunately there were technical problems, so we were unable to watch a live stream. The UNDP notes: An experimental global index offers a new measurement … More Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

My recent post on an Oxford University study seems to have stirred some interest (partly, I suspect, because of some Jamaican readers’ partisan political leanings!) On March 25, 2020, the University’s Blavatnik School of Governance launched its COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, (including a Stringency Index), which it describes as “the first ever tool to track and … More UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

Earth Day 2020 in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons We Are Learning

It is the eve of Earth Day 2020 (Wednesday, April 22) and its fiftieth anniversary. Last year, I collected a bunch of inspirational quotes and did some philosophizing. 2020 is a historic occasion, which we will celebrate online while something else – something almost beyond our imagination – is unfolding in our lives. Like most periods … More Earth Day 2020 in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons We Are Learning