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

An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

I know. I have been rather missing in action – mainly because I have been so busy with all kinds of interesting things! But my blog has suffered. I propose to make up for it in the next few days. Since the strange and difficult period of Hurricane Matthew, I get the feeling that Jamaicans … More An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

#AtoZChallengeJamaica: Y is for Your Time Is Up

Originally posted on Jamaica: Political Economy:
When one considers politicians’ decisions that their ‘race is run’, no clear patterns emerge. Just last week, Britain held a referendum on its EU membership and the PM, who staunchly urged people to ‘remain’, quickly announced his resignation after the people voted to ‘leave’. His opposing leader also urged…

#AToZChallengeJamaica: “E” is for Excellence, Which We All Strive For

Oh, how Jamaicans love this word! To be excellent is to be better than the best. We all strive for it with all our might. Or we are supposed to, anyway. We have schools, health care centers, even churches of excellence, but the word most often applies to individuals. We give out many awards for … More #AToZChallengeJamaica: “E” is for Excellence, Which We All Strive For

Wheels Down: The President Arrives, and We Are Floored

Air Force One has landed on our little island. At 7:31 p.m. this evening President Barack Hussein Obama of the United States arrived at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport, where media representatives gathered on a platform. On Twitter, excitement had been mounting, with most of the journalists tweeting photos and comments. I thought I would … More Wheels Down: The President Arrives, and We Are Floored

Young Heroes of the Caribbean: Bringing Their Stories to Life

The English writer and colonial era thinker Rudyard Kipling once wrote: “If history were told in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” It’s often hard to imagine our National Heroes as real people – let alone as young people with dreams, aspirations – and the usual growing pains. In “Young Heroes of … More Young Heroes of the Caribbean: Bringing Their Stories to Life