Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

We have had an amazing two weeks with family, exploring various corners of the island, eating too much jerk chicken and drinking too many sodas, while dandling our small grandson on our knees. It has been quite a long break, and I won’t attempt to go back over the past two weeks or more; I … More Stepping Backward Into Coal, A Home of Their Own and Deja Vu on Drought: Monday, June 29, 2015

The U.S. Is Exporting Buggery, CHEC is in a Hurry, and We Must Endure: Friday, May 22, 2015

This week has been a hard slog, but out in the yard there are puffs of wind, and the lawn is green after several showers that all city dwellers (except the homeless) welcomed joyfully. So now we need to take a deep breath and enjoy the long weekend; Monday, May 25 is Jamaican Labour Day. … More The U.S. Is Exporting Buggery, CHEC is in a Hurry, and We Must Endure: Friday, May 22, 2015

Bauxite Mining Begins in Cockpit Country: This Is A Betrayal, Says JET; An Invasion, Says Windsor Research Centre

This is very disturbing news. Back in August 2014, a large group of concerned citizens met in Elderslie, St. Elizabeth and unanimously opposed bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country. There have been public consultations (I attended one about two years ago in Kingston), but still no decision on the issue of the boundaries of Cockpit Country. … More Bauxite Mining Begins in Cockpit Country: This Is A Betrayal, Says JET; An Invasion, Says Windsor Research Centre

Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015

It’s a new month. The bars and restaurants of Kingston were packed Saturday night with people watching the “big fight.” Certainly a good night for business, although many Jamaicans were unhappy with the outcome! Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day and I have seen scarcely anything about it in our local media; except a mention in … More Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015

The Destruction of Paradise is Ongoing

On September 1, 2014 I wrote a blog post entitled: “The Systematic Dismantling of Paradise: A Preliminary Checklist.”  Well, here is an update. Six months later, the dismantling continues, unabated. If anything, it has accelerated. Let’s start in Central America, shall we? In Nicaragua, the Hong Kong-based HKND Group (reportedly backed by the Chinese Government) … More The Destruction of Paradise is Ongoing

Taking the Samoa Pathway: Second Caribbean Green Economy Conference in Kingston, February 23 – 25, 2015

I will be writing, tweeting and reporting from this very special and important conference hosted by the Jamaican Government in Kingston this week. Below is the official press release. For more information, do contact Alison Christie Binger: Tel: 876-330-1155(cell); email: achristie@illuminartecommunications.com I DO hope that the local/Caribbean media will report on more than the Minister’s keynote speech, … More Taking the Samoa Pathway: Second Caribbean Green Economy Conference in Kingston, February 23 – 25, 2015

The Mic Grab, A Beach Victory and Trafigura Resurrected: Sunday, November 30, 2014

I am trying to stick to the same days of the week to post my news updates. It’s not working too well, so much is intervening. It’s a busy time of year, you know. However, you can expect two posts per week, no matter what. The past week has been rather intense, in terms of … More The Mic Grab, A Beach Victory and Trafigura Resurrected: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Who Is The “Articulate Minority”?

Here is an article by young Belizean journalist Kalilah Enriquez, who is currently working on Jamaican radio. She’s also a writer and a poet. You can find her blog at http://kalilahenriquez.blogspot.com. What on earth are we talking about? Well, as the ongoing controversy continues over the use of National Housing Trust funds (to which Jamaicans contribute … More Who Is The “Articulate Minority”?

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

I am sharing below a blog post from one of my favorite Jamaican tweeters. I edited it slightly as I was unable to re-blog it properly (I wish everyone was on WordPress!) @MizDurie responds to a remark by a leading local politician that those who comment on social media are irrelevant. Why? Because they are … More “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”