Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index

National Integrity Action (NIA) held a virtual press briefing this morning, to announce Jamaica’s latest rating on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The island is ranked at 69th out of 179, alongside Tunisia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Hungary, and Romania. Six CARICOM countries are ranked higher than us: that is, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the … More Treading Water: Jamaica’s Ranking on the 2020 Corruption Perception Index

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition

This year is going to be warming up, according to my friends who do weather. It seems to be warming up in more ways than one. Our yard is turning into a dust bowl. We have had no rain since Christmas in Kingston. Other things are warming up too – the gently rising COVID-19 cases … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 26, 2021: The Mystery Plane Edition

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

The JCF and Accountability: A Policeman Speaks Out; and Three Opportunities For Change

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Listen to Nationwide News Network’s special report “Hidden Culture”. It is narrated by Nationwide’s Marjorie Gordon and centres on an interview with a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It is a chilling account of the ways in which extrajudicial killings are carried out and…

An Enhancement, Two Actors in Hollywood, and a Cleaner Cay: Jamaica Weekly Review, Friday February 9, 2018

Whatever happened to January? Meanwhile, the issues pile up in Jamaica, with politics high on the agenda and all sorts of complexities in between. Phew! Agriculture: Juliet Holness, M.P., is forging ahead with her AgriHope programme, launched in July 2016, and inviting farmers who are interested to visit the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office at 197 … More An Enhancement, Two Actors in Hollywood, and a Cleaner Cay: Jamaica Weekly Review, Friday February 9, 2018

The Retiring Mr. Quallo, Tracking the Facilitators, and Ms. Jones in Town: Jamaica Weekly Review, Wednesday January 31, 2018

Now, where were we? Today is the last day of January, and somehow I feel we are “back to square one.” Not a happy feeling. By the way, I will be posting a bunch of environment and climate change stories shortly, so these are not included here. Caribbean: There is a lot of activism at the … More The Retiring Mr. Quallo, Tracking the Facilitators, and Ms. Jones in Town: Jamaica Weekly Review, Wednesday January 31, 2018

The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017

National Integrity Action (NIA) celebrated its sixth anniversary today (Saturday, December 9) – UN International Anti-Corruption Day. Around 1,500 Jamaicans (mostly young people) from across the island joined the Integrity Gathering in downtown Kingston. NIA founder and CEO Professor Trevor Munroe hearkened back to a meeting six years ago at the University of the West Indies (UWI), … More The Integrity Gathering: International Anti-Corruption Day 2017

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017

Today is National Heroes Day and #BigUpJamaica Day (a nice initiative of Fi Wi Jamaica). This review is in a somewhat different (and hopefully more concise) format, so I hope it’s easier to get through. I’ve divided it up into topics (some may overlap, I realise). Click on the highlighted sections for more information… And … More A Doctor’s Dilemma, “Worsening” Corruption and Too Many Bus Drivers: Jamaica, Monday October 16, 2017

Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations

The Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) did the right thing – after more than a gentle nudge from the Prime Minister, it appears – by resigning yesterday (August 2) in the wake of ongoing major concerns over the issuance of gun licenses to suspected criminals. I wrote about several of these issues in … More Decisive Action Required Beyond Firearm Licensing Authority Board Resignations