This was our recent Bloganuary post… How far back can you go in your family history? My father did a lot of delving into genealogy. He worked on it, painstakingly and diligently, without the benefit of a computer or the Internet. He dug up records and family documents and made phone calls and took copious … More How far back can you go? Some family trees have broken branches.
There has long been a public perception that Jamaica’s most vulnerable children are not being given the care and protection they need. In particular, we seem to be tolerating – or pretending we don’t know – about the predatory habits of older men towards our young girls. It is depressing, and it has been going … More Strong background checks needed for all people working with children in state care, says Jamaicans for Justice
It has been said many times before: democracy is not just about voting every few years. It is about participation. If this does not happen – if citizens’ voices are muzzled and those seeking transparency and accountability in government are accused of all kinds of dubious motives by governments and their supporters – then, democracy … More “Civic space is under threat,” says Stand Up for Jamaica
The Bloganuary prompt of a couple of days ago (I always seem to be behind) was: “What brings you joy in life?” “Joy” is a rather over-worked word these days. I used to think of this word as meaning “extreme happiness,” the kind that makes you scream and shout and shed tears of…well, joy. Now … More Joy: refreshing and real
As the 27th Conference of Parties (signatory countries) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – COP27 for short – gets under way in Egypt, another important meeting is taking place in downtown Kingston, Jamaica: Part III of the 27th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The session opened on October … More More than a glimmer of hope at deep sea mining talks in Jamaica, and perhaps a sea change in the making
It’s a given, surely, that the voice of youth must be heard, loud and clear, on all matters related to the environment and climate change. After all, they are inheriting the Planet that the older generations have made quite a mess of. I was especially pleased and proud to hear the voice of Jamaican youth … More Jamaican speaks at the launch of a Youth Alliance for a Deep Sea Mining Moratorium
“All life on Earth depends on healthy, abundant oceans.” So said Sam Waterston, Chair of Oceana, this week. And yet…the bad news keeps coming. When are our oceans going to get a break? As if the failure to sign a Global Ocean Treaty in New York this summer was not bad enough, the threat of … More What hope is there for our oceans?
There is always this tremendous forward movement from Kingston Creative. Forging ahead! Sustainability, accessibility, and visibility are critical for creative people. Here is the latest piece of the picture. Cheers to IDB Lab, the DBJ and American Friends of Jamaica for their support! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kingston Creative Launches Database of 370 Caribbean Creatives Kingston Creative has … More Kingston Creative launches the Caribbean Creative Network
One of our favourite American political podcasters, who focuses largely on the ex-President’s interminable legal manouevrings, intones at the end of each podcast: “Because Justice. Matters.” Emphasis on the final word. Well, so it does in Jamaica, too. Our Police Commissioner is looking increasingly haggard at each quarterly press conference, and our Prime Minister seemed … More Justice matters in Jamaica
“Ambition” is a lofty word. “High Ambition” is even more inspiring. However, ambitions, once set, must be achievable and, if possible, achieved. Ambition is not a “well, it would be nice if it happened” word; it is a “let’s get it done” word. A High Ambition Coalition sounds like “let’s do it, together.” Yesterday, I … More Failing ambitions in New York: Is it too late for a strong Global Ocean Treaty? Part Two