Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

It’s International Human Rights Day, and it’s not just a hashtag. A lot has been going through my mind today. These are stormy times, with the wind blowing first one way and then the other. A sudden rogue wave appears and nearly knocks you off your feet. 2021 has been strangely – and perhaps surprisingly … More Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

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

Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Thursday, September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace. And here I am, “reblogging” myself. It is a seven year-old post. Yes, it’s odd, I am conceding. However, it’s for a reason: I am ashamed. I am ashamed, and embarrassed, that I wrote the blog post below, rejoicing at the release of Aung San … More Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Here are the week’s highlights, carefully selected by me! I hope you find them useful. Click on the underlined words and you will find the links to articles. Feedback is welcome! Jamaica and the Caribbean Trash Free Waters: The Trash Free Waters Initiative was launched on August 18 at the offices of the National Environment and … More Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Prizewinners

When Liu Xiaobo learnt that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, he burst into tears.  His captors, his own government, also reacted emotionally, but they were simply angry.  In 2009, Liu – a man whose gentle intelligence shines from his face – was sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state … More Prizewinners