Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell


“Interesting times” could also be rephrased as “dark times,” as a dear Twitter friend described the state of the world the other day. Here’s a guest blog post from my friend Wayne Campbell. You can find his blog at http://www.wayaine.blogspot.com/ and his contact details are below. Wayne is particularly focused on gender issues, and through this … More We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)


Today has been surreal. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order has created chaos, anger and pain at many airports across the United States. Here are a few of the almost nightmarish occurrences, which unraveled on Twitter this evening. It went something like this: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (of all days) Donald Trump signs an Executive Order (EO) restricting immigration … More Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Peace Can Start With The Ladies: Daniel Pearl World Music Day in Kingston


It was simply a lunchtime concert, in celebration of Daniel Pearl World Music Day. And yet, as I left the U.S. Embassy, I felt the proverbial lump in my throat. OK, so I get emotional these days. When a woman called Anna (who has what Public Affairs Officer Joshua Polacheck called a “sultry” voice) started … More Peace Can Start With The Ladies: Daniel Pearl World Music Day in Kingston

Gathara’s World: Hold our Public Officials Responsible for State Failings – Not the People


I follow a marvelous political blog called “Gathara’s World.” It is written by a writer, cartoonist and strategic communications consultant in Kenya, Patrick Gathara, and it is simply one of my favorite blogs. Now, why do I love it so much, apart from the fact that it is extremely well written and regularly focuses on … More Gathara’s World: Hold our Public Officials Responsible for State Failings – Not the People