It has not been a good week; not for the environment (permits were issued for the mining in Cockpit Country to go ahead) – or for human rights. On Wednesday, February 9, after a wait of around seven months, our Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn announced that she is recommending that no criminal … More The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica
The parish of Hanover is the smallest on the island, but has a distinct charm of its own. As the road winds along the coastline, there are lovely views of small coves, the calm waters fringed deeply with mangroves on one side. On the other side of the road are hilly pastures, some with Spanish … More Hillside destruction near Green Island, Hanover, Jamaica
I am honored and pleased to share the first part in a two-part article, submitted by my friend Professor Bernard Headley, who has remained steadfastly focused on the plight of immigrants, including deportees, over the years. This is a personal story, as they all are: stories about people, families, fathers and sons and daughters. I … More I Could Have Been Among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Part 1): A Guest Post from Professor Bernard Headley
Following on from my last post, here are some thoughts from Secretary General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, ahead of next week’s Regional Conference in Montego Bay. I shared some thoughts on the obesity/hunger issue on Gleaner Blogs yesterday. These issues are so complex and interlocking, but solutions there are…and … More Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis
Well, these are some big issues in the Latin America /Caribbean region. In fact, these are issues wrapped within issues. This major FAO Conference will be held in the Caribbean for the first time in 20 years – and for the second time in Jamaica in 50 years. You can read more at the meeting website. Here … More FAO Regional Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica: March 5 – 8, 2018
Social media is a strange and rather frightening creature at times. Quite regularly, it throws up something that terrifies and shocks Jamaicans, with no context or background of course. Just out of the blue. So again recently, a video of a woman in rural Jamaica beating her thirteen year-old daughter in rural Jamaica suddenly popped … More Mother Beats Daughter: But Can We Go To the Root of the Problem Please, Asks WROC?
I am sharing another perspective here from two activists and educators, Afifa Aza and Georgia Love. There are many societal problems, buried deep in the story of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls by senior church members (which is still unfolding). Afifa and Georgia have their own concerns, and they are asking some pointed … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church
First: I promise to bring lots of happy, hopeful news in my next post! It truly has been a tempestuous couple of weeks to start off 2017. Even the weather went a little strange; one night we had tropical storm force winds and many Jamaicans’ power went off. Half our apple tree ended up on the … More A Stormy Start to the Year: Jamaica, January 18, 2017