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

The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh


In my last blog post, I mentioned the case of a 64 year-old church pastor, Rupert Clarke, who was recently discovered in flagrant delicto by the police, allegedly raping a fifteen year-old girl in a parked car. Yes, I am using the word “rape” because, to me, this is statutory rape. However, the man was today charged with … More The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016


Boxing Days are designed for doing nothing much. Christmas Day itself can be quite hectic – unless you are so well off that you have servant to direct to do things for you. Today is very low key for us – apart from our three young dogs, who are non-stop hyper. It’s ten days since … More Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

The New School Year and Educational Leadership: Column by Jaevion Nelson


I spent two fascinating days last week at the JN Foundation School Leadership Summit in Kingston, with fellow bloggers Jaevion Nelson and Wayne Campbell. Jaevion writes a column in the Gleaner newspaper. I have reproduced his column here, and you can find it at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20160728/jaevion-nelson-new-school-year-and-education-leadership Renee Rattray, JN Foundation’s Director of Education, who heads their iLead program, has an … More The New School Year and Educational Leadership: Column by Jaevion Nelson

The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016


Every day is hot, dry and windy. I am waiting to hear news of bush fires in the hills, again – like last year, and the year before. The drought is hurting badly; today must have been the hottest day of the year for us – according to the Jamaica Weather website it was 37.5° … More The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016

“Informer Fi Dead”: Is It Really The Key Obstacle to Fighting Crime?


Is the allegedly widespread anti-informer mindset (described as “all pervasive” by the Director of Public Prosecutions some months ago) really the main factor in Jamaica’s inability to tackle our endless wave of crime and violence? Here is an article by Jaevion Nelson, a young human rights and development practitioner who writes a weekly column in … More “Informer Fi Dead”: Is It Really The Key Obstacle to Fighting Crime?