Reported Beatings of Men in Police Custody – JFJ Calls For Urgent Protective Measures


With rising crime rates and increased physical and psychological pressure on the police as well as ordinary citizens, it really is a difficult period for Jamaica. All the more reason for us to keep a close watch on human rights issues, which cannot be brushed aside simply because of our worsening security situation. Now Jamaicans for … More Reported Beatings of Men in Police Custody – JFJ Calls For Urgent Protective Measures

The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016


After an unpleasantly dry and hot month, the rain arrived in Kingston yesterday, and there’s the promise of more rain, perhaps. The past few days have been quite dramatic , although not always the kind of drama you really welcome. But, there it is. Innocent baby: I apologize, but I have to start on this tragic … More The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016


Happy Independence Day to all who are celebrating! It’s very quiet in Kingston, but no doubt a few parties will break out later on. I was happy to attend a “Rae Town Oldies” party at the residence of the Spanish Chargée d’Affaires two days ago, which was huge fun (and, of course wonderful oldies in … More The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

Sterile Mosquitoes On the Way, LNG Power, Questions About Conch: Jamaica on Saturday, May 7, 2016


It’s hard to believe that the month of May has begun and is well under way. In just a few weeks, the dreaded hurricane season will be here. For the last two years Jamaica has been fortunate – untouched by storms. How long will our luck hold out, I wonder? Thanks, Mr. Mosquito! The aedes aegypti … More Sterile Mosquitoes On the Way, LNG Power, Questions About Conch: Jamaica on Saturday, May 7, 2016

Growing Bigger, A Strange MoBay Story, and No More “Demon” Talk! Jamaica on Sunday, May 1, 2016


It’s been a very busy week for me, with lots of good things happening – as always. But the undercurrent of crime (murders) is very disturbing. I just heard the news of the deaths of two American missionaries. It is becoming increasingly hard for the average Jamaican to deal with all this loss. Personally, I … More Growing Bigger, A Strange MoBay Story, and No More “Demon” Talk! Jamaica on Sunday, May 1, 2016

“Sick” Police, Ugly Classism and The Onion Makes Jack Warner Cry: Tuesday, June 2, 2015


This is going to be short and sweet, as time is pressing. Times are hard, but at least the weather is kind to us; we have had delicious showers and sunny interludes, and I can spend some time in the garden without burning up. Thank you, O Rain God! Running out of patience: We knew this … More “Sick” Police, Ugly Classism and The Onion Makes Jack Warner Cry: Tuesday, June 2, 2015