ICYMI in Jamaica, September 15, 2020: Sorting Out the Politicians, and More


The forces of nature have been flexing their muscles recently. During a heavy afternoon thunderstorm on Wednesday (Kingston went completely dark), two people in St. Elizabeth were killed by a lightning strike. Meanwhile, there are five – yes, five – named storms in the Atlantic basin. At the moment, Paulette, René, Sally, Teddy and Vicky … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 15, 2020: Sorting Out the Politicians, and More

Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Police Reforms and Awaits Further Details of Plans


A disturbing – almost surreal – incident took place recently that left us all shocked and deeply confused. Two civilians – including a man at a dance, whose murder apparently sparked the chain of events, and a driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time – as well as one police officer, … More Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Police Reforms and Awaits Further Details of Plans

An Important Privy Council Ruling on the Promotion of Police Personnel Allegedly Involved in Misconduct


This news received very little coverage in local media – whose recent headlines have primarily involved politics, crime and the annual school athletics battle at the National Stadium. Nevertheless, this is a very important ruling by the Privy Council (which is still Jamaica’s highest court of appeal) in support of an appeal by Jamaicans for … More An Important Privy Council Ruling on the Promotion of Police Personnel Allegedly Involved in Misconduct

Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice


Another International Day passed without much comment from anybody on the island. I should have posted this last Friday, March 15, which was the actual date of International Day Against Police Brutality. It raises awareness of an issue that persists (and in many places is actually worsening) in developing and developed countries. According to the Independent … More Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice

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

The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review


The world is an uncertain place for teenagers, at the best of times. But for a 13-year-old girl living in a rundown neighbourhood just outside Havana, Cuba, in the end days of the dictator Batista’s regime, it takes on a level of claustrophobic anxiety. Adela – named after the beloved grandmother whom she never met … More The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review

Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018


The “remnants” of a storm named Isaac descended on us, and now we have the remnants of Kirk. The rain is welcome! At the same time, we had an earthquake, widely felt in Kingston. And I am very, very late with this post – again! Forgive me but I have been intensely busy. Is tomorrow … More Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018

PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018


What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018

Caribbean Tales Film Festival: A Short Jamaican Documentary, “The Incursion”


“The Incursion,” a 24-minute documentary directed by Jamaican Sasha-Gay Lewis, has been selected for the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, which opens in Toronto next week. It will be aired alongside two shorts that I have already reviewed, as well as Kaneal Gayle’s documentary Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, on September 19th under the heading Redemption Tales. If you are … More Caribbean Tales Film Festival: A Short Jamaican Documentary, “The Incursion”

Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018


I have been a little off the radar, so this update is not a weekend one, but a post-holiday break post! In the past ten days, much has been happening – including a delicious three days at Couples Sans Souci on the north coast, an evening at the Independence Day celebrations, and more…Anyway, here goes. … More Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018