Keep Children Safe! A Series of UNICEF Public Forums in Jamaica

Many of us are disturbed and sad at the way Jamaican children are treated – in communities, homes and often by the state itself. The month of May is Child Month in Jamaica, when there is a heightened focus on children’s rights. As a precursor to this, UNICEF Jamaica has partnered with several organizations (the … More Keep Children Safe! A Series of UNICEF Public Forums in Jamaica

The Leggo Beast

Our Education Minister, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has an interesting style of public speaking. When he wants to make an important point, he folds his hands, raises his eyes to the ceiling and holds forth, in beautiful English, with the occasional Jamaican patois word or phrase thrown in, for effect. Minister Thwaites is a lawyer and … More The Leggo Beast

African Postman: Kenyan Schoolboys Become Part of the Solution Against Rape

This is the first in my (resurrected) African Postman series. Yes, I did promise to revive it and I hope to do a weekly feature.  I posted thirty stories in the series initially, and plan to continue on a more regular basis (if you search for “African Postman” you will find my earlier stories). You will not … More African Postman: Kenyan Schoolboys Become Part of the Solution Against Rape

I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014

The Christmas traffic in Kingston has now officially reached insanity level. I am not sure what all the frenzied activity is about; downtown at least business is reportedly very slow, worse than last year. But some people still have money in their pockets uptown, and the cost of gasoline has finally dropped (albeit far too … More I Was Too Catty. Plus the Cuba Competition and What’s Up with Negril: Friday, December 19, 2014