Signing of the Escazú Agreement: a Big Step Forward for Environmental Justice and Transparency

Please note! As noted in my blog post of October 1, Jamaica signed, but did not ratify the Escazú Agreement, due to a “technical error” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. However, I am keeping this (now edited) blog post up, since there are useful links that you might like to … More Signing of the Escazú Agreement: a Big Step Forward for Environmental Justice and Transparency

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

NIA Statement on Prime Minister’s Appointment of an Acting Chief Justice; and the Prime Minister’s Response

This has been a funny week. The appointment of an Acting Chief Justice (and Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ remarks at his swearing in) has raised some eyebrows. The legal fraternity does not appear to be impressed, either. We are in sensitive and difficult times insofar as the National Security and Justice portfolios are concerned, and the Government seems to … More NIA Statement on Prime Minister’s Appointment of an Acting Chief Justice; and the Prime Minister’s Response

INDECOM Commissioner Addresses the Issue of INDECOM and Police Effectiveness

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Last night – January 11, 2018, in an address to the Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town, Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams spoke about the often repeated claim that the work of INDECOM has had a chilling effect on police morale and has…

Why Corruption Is a Women’s Issue: An Article by Joan Grant Cummings

A single anti-corruption body. What a marvellous concept; an idea whose time has come. It’s actually long overdue. While many government ministers have been busy with the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference – downtown Kingston was abuzz with activity this week – the long-awaited Integrity Commission Bill landed back with a thump in the Lower House of … More Why Corruption Is a Women’s Issue: An Article by Joan Grant Cummings

How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara

Kenyan blogger, cartoonist and political commentator Patrick Gathara has done it again! This, his latest blog post on Gathara’s World could apply to Jamaica, don’t you think? Or actually, many other countries. It’s election time in Kenya, and I thank Mr. Gathara for a welcome dose of reality. You can find this article here. In the coming days, especially … More How To Spot Empty Campaign Promises: By Patrick Gathara

Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 8, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Here’s an update of the week’s news and issues. I hope you find it useful! I am adding more links so you can read more about these stories. I’ve highlighted one or two “big stories” in purple. P.S. Happy Europe Day! That is actually tomorrow, … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 8, 2017

Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index

After a good rise in the rankings last year, it is disappointing to see that Jamaica has slipped in Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index. National Integrity Action (NIA) gives us a few reasons why – issues that we have certainly reported on in this blog. I will continue to be vigilant and I hope … More Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index