Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 13, 2017


Indigenous peoples fighting climate change and the fossil fuel industry; an island up for sale; migratory birds and hurricanes; trafficking in wildlife and more in this week’s bunch of articles. Click on the highlighted links for more information! Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaicans learning about climate change in China… 35 professionals from developing countries (including Panos … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 13, 2017

International Democracy Day, September 15: How is Our Democracy Doing?


I ask this question in the headline here because I really don’t know how healthy our Jamaican democracy is – although on balance, I would say we are in reasonably good shape, compared to some other developing nations.  I would suggest that the “two C’s” – Crime and Corruption – are major threats to our … More International Democracy Day, September 15: How is Our Democracy Doing?

The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane


If there is one thing reading this book made me realize, it is that leadership is not a one-way street. It is not a question of driving full speed ahead, with the dazzling light of your vision in your eyes. Rather, it is about taking a steady drive, checking the rear view mirror; remembering that … More The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane

Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith Reports to Upper House on Recent Travels


Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has been traveling quite a bit lately. Today she gave a thorough report  to the Upper House on what she has been doing, and what transpired from her various meetings. In particular, please note the final section, providing an update on the issue of … More Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith Reports to Upper House on Recent Travels

Moving the Stones


This dropped into my inbox yesterday from a powerful women’s network that I am fortunate enough to be engaged in. This article by Honor Ford Smith really struck home with me. It is something I have often turned over in my mind. Why do so many creative Jamaicans – especially writers – leave the island … More Moving the Stones

What’s Happening in Hispaniola? Viewpoints From Grenada, Jamaica and the Bahamas


Hispaniola? Where’s that? Some may ask. Oh, it’s that huge island, nearly 30,000 square miles in size and the second largest island in the Caribbean, divided into the Creole-speaking Haiti and Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic. It is the island that Jamaicans do not visit that often, perhaps because of the language and cultural barriers; perhaps because … More What’s Happening in Hispaniola? Viewpoints From Grenada, Jamaica and the Bahamas