ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition

I would like us to go back to quiet, low key life on our island, where nothing much happens. The past week has not been in the least quiet or low-key. Crime and COVID-19 are running along hand in hand and picking up speed; and the Prime Minister seems to be busy with something else. … More ICYMI in Jamaica, February 23, 2021: The Martian Wind Edition

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

Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 3 – A Letter from WE-Change on #SayTheirNames

A note re: the logo on the home page: The Tambourine Army, created by the leader of WE-Change, is seeking recruits. It describes itself as “a radical movement. It is going to be one of the largest coalitions of organisations and individuals in Jamaica working to remove the scourge of sexual abuse, rape and all … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 3 – A Letter from WE-Change on #SayTheirNames

#AtoZChallengeJamaica P is for Potpourri of Problems

Originally posted on Jamaica: Political Economy:
Let me lay out some issues to consider. Prisoners & payments: Vybz Karkel, musician–in Jamaican jail for murder. Buju Banton, musician–in US jail for drugs offence. Vybz is busy releasing new music, and ‘ruling dance hall’. (He’s following in the well-trodden path of the late Tupac Shakur.) Buju just gained a master’s degree in music…

High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”

The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS opened today at the United Nations in New York. However, many global civil society organizations – including the Kingston-based Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) – are not happy with the 2016 Political Declaration, which they say does not include key at-risk populations. Here is their press release, dated today. … More High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”