Living in the Gyre


These are treacherous times. We have to put one foot in front of the other, and try not to slip. These are anxious times. We have to close our eyes, count to ten, pray, meditate, take deep breaths. These are angry times. We have to hold onto our reason; some people have abandoned theirs, and … More Living in the Gyre

Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite


On Friday, September 20, I was at the studios of Radio Jamaica, talking about this, that and the other – and at the same time, thinking about the vastness of what was happening beyond our island, during the Global Climate Strike. I was thinking about the Save Cockpit Country gathering in Stewart Town, Trelawny. I … More Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite

Foreign Affairs Minister’s Statement in the Upper House on the OAS and Venezuela: May 26


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

National Integrity Action Makes Urgent Call for Greater Transparency and Accountability


Here is a press release dated November 3, 2014 from National Integrity Action. It is very relevant in light of Jamaica’s current economic situation and recent developments. Highlights are my own. National Integrity Action (NIA) Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe, makes urgent call for greater transparency and accountability as shortfalls continue in government tax revenue … More National Integrity Action Makes Urgent Call for Greater Transparency and Accountability

Holiday Disturbances: Jamaican Police Under Investigation


How sad that the holiday week, with its delicious refreshing showers, happy celebrations and quiet relaxation for many, should end on a bitter note. I have commented a couple of times recently on the dramatic reduction in killings involving the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). In early July the JCF reported a forty per cent reduction: … More Holiday Disturbances: Jamaican Police Under Investigation