It’s 2021, and everything seems to be happening at once. It’s hard to keep up. Education, health, crime (crime!!), travel and tourism – and more – all seem to be “hot button” issues. The new year is already shaping up to be quite crowded; we need to wrap our heads around some fundamental issues, and … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition
Jamaica’s relationship with Venezuela (generally a warm one during the Chavez era and for decades prior to that) has become increasingly difficult and complex since the political crisis there, which is as yet unresolved. There has been much controversy (and internal disagreement) among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, and Jamaica’s Opposition has spoken loudly about … More Jamaica to Temporarily Close Its Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (And Prime Minister Holness to Meet with President Trump in Florida This Week)
This morning, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith held a press briefing updating journalists on the current situation regarding the Jamaican Government’s planned repurchase of the 49 per cent shareholding in Petrojam held by Venezuela’s PDV Caribe. This move, which the Minister stressed was a purely economic one to safeguard the … More Updates From the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade On The Acquisition Of The 49% Shareholding In Petrojam Held By PDV Caribe
Jamaica (and the Caribbean’s) relationship with neighbors in Venezuela has suffered some tremors in recent years, especially since President Nicolás Maduro tightened his authoritarian grip on that country since taking up office five years ago. Nevertheless, over the decades that relationship has been consistently warm and supportive. Relations between Venezuela and the Organisation of American … More Jamaica did NOT Vote to Support Suspension of Venezuela from the Organisation of American States (0AS) – Pearnel Charles Jr.
It’s fair to say that the ongoing disintegration of social and political life in Venezuela has thrown most of the countries in the English-speaking Caribbean into something of a quandary. There is no doubt that these islands (with the exception of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Montserrat) have benefited greatly from the PetroCaribe arrangement with … More Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26
What a strange week it’s been – perhaps because I have not been feeling well. I believe I may I have had a touch of Zika (or a recurrence of chikungunya?) I get the feeling these nasty mosquito-borne diseases are overlapping. I seem to get them all! So please, people, take care out there. I … More “Taxperity,” Life on Planet Poor – and A Surprise Visitor: Saturday, May 21, 2016
This will be my very last news post of 2015! As you can see, I have posted hundreds of articles this year – although not all were written by me, because I also like to share interesting stuff that you might otherwise have missed. In the next week or two, I plan to do a … More A Bad Case of Gas, More Gun-Toters and Jamaicans Are Still Hungry: Thursday, December 31, 2015
There have been one or two surprises in the past few days: a big rain shower in Kingston, for example, and the Reggae Boyz’ 3-2 loss at home to Nicaragua in a World Cup qualifier. But it has been mostly an “I told you so” week. Predictability rules. As if we didn’t know things were … More Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015