Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally


There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

Jamaicans for Justice Statement on Scheduled Ending of States of Public Emergency (Dated December 12)


Now, something else to catch up on. It’s an issue that has been gnawing away at the political landscape for the past two weeks, although many of the underlying issues have been around for much longer than that (I am thinking of the terrible conditions in our police lock-ups, for example). Since the December 11 … More Jamaicans for Justice Statement on Scheduled Ending of States of Public Emergency (Dated December 12)

Kingston Paradise: More Than Another “Ghetto Film” (Streaming This Weekend on Video on Demand)


You may have read my reviews of some Caribbean films featured in the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto, which I posted earlier this year. As I observed: “Caribbean film remains vibrant and a unique reflection of our way of life, our ideas, our thoughts, our quirks and eccentricities, our connections with each other.” This … More Kingston Paradise: More Than Another “Ghetto Film” (Streaming This Weekend on Video on Demand)

Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done


Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith


Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) responds to complaints of human rights violations. This is their work. Mr André Smith, who had filed several complaints to JFJ, INDECOM and the Police Inspectorate of the Constabulary regarding alleged harassment, unlawful detention and more, was one of two armed men who was shot dead by a licensed firearm holder … More Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith

Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018


The “remnants” of a storm named Isaac descended on us, and now we have the remnants of Kirk. The rain is welcome! At the same time, we had an earthquake, widely felt in Kingston. And I am very, very late with this post – again! Forgive me but I have been intensely busy. Is tomorrow … More Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 2: Police Harassment Leading to Suicide Attempts


Here is another case – this time of alleged harassment of a Jamaican citizen by the police – that Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has been pursuing for some time. Keep up the good work, JFJ. We must continue to be vigilant and to ask questions whenever and wherever necessary. Human rights is a very fragile … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 2: Police Harassment Leading to Suicide Attempts