“Civic space is under threat,” says Stand Up for Jamaica

It has been said many times before: democracy is not just about voting every few years. It is about participation. If this does not happen – if citizens’ voices are muzzled and those seeking transparency and accountability in government are accused of all kinds of dubious motives by governments and their supporters – then, democracy … More “Civic space is under threat,” says Stand Up for Jamaica

A lost treasure

“What is a treasure that’s been lost?” was the question in the Bloganuary prompt. The image that immediately came to mind was an illustration from “Treasure Island,” by the remarkable nineteenth century traveler, thinker and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Various versions of this map include an “X marks the spot,” where the treasure is likely … More A lost treasure

Has the Jamaican Government responded to the IACHR regarding human rights of citizens near bauxite mines?

I rarely “copy and paste” editorials or articles in our local newspapers, if at all. However, I see this Sunday Gleaner editorial, published on January 1, as related to a recent post – where I pointed out that, as it appears, the Jamaican Government has not yet responded to Resolution 65/22 of the Inter American … More Has the Jamaican Government responded to the IACHR regarding human rights of citizens near bauxite mines?

Happy New Year: Love, Peace, and a little bit of Hope

The evening leading up to midnight on New Year’s Eve always seems interminably long. New Year’s Eve is a time of what has been, what might be, and what is likely (or rather, not likely) to change. However, a lot of people are advising us and guiding us and urging us to “reflect and reset,” … More Happy New Year: Love, Peace, and a little bit of Hope

Full Moon: “Art is at the centre of everything,” says Jamaican artist educator Mortimer McPherson

On a humid Monday morning in late November, I found myself sitting on the verandah of a suburban home on the outskirts of Kingston, eating a most unusual snack, and engaging in conversation with Jamaican fine artist, wood turner, and art educator Mortimer McPherson. The evening before, McPherson had opened his latest solo exhibition, entitled … More Full Moon: “Art is at the centre of everything,” says Jamaican artist educator Mortimer McPherson