The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

One humid afternoon just before Christmas, we drove down the hillside from the busy junction of Papine, descending into the valley of Elletson Flats, just where the hills meet the city. Smoke curled from the trees and a sound system played somewhere. A game of football was in progress in the yard of the Sir … More The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

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International Men’s Day: Some Thoughts

Today (November 19) is International Men’s Day, and fellow blogger Wayne Campbell just shared the following piece that he and colleague Kurt Hickling put together. Wayne is an educator with a particular interest in gender issues. The theme for this year is male suicide, and I have just read a short but poignant news story … More International Men’s Day: Some Thoughts

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“One Size Does Not Fit All”: Jamaica’s Statement at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS)

The Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith seems to have stirred some interest, including in the overseas media.  Here is the Explanation of Posititon, first: STATEMENT BY SENATOR THE HONOURABLE KAMINA JOHNSON SMITH, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FOREIGN TRADE  IN EXPLANATION OF VOTE ON THE ADOPTION OF THE OUTCOME DOCUMENT FOR … More “One Size Does Not Fit All”: Jamaica’s Statement at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS)

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Guest Blog Post: Matters of Life and Death – On Euthanasia, by Wayne Campbell

I am very pleased to share a post from my thoughtful fellow-blogger Wayne Campbell. Wayne won a Certificate of Merit at the Press Association of Jamaica’s Awards 2015. This is a very thought-provoking but balanced approach to an issue I confess I have never tried to tackle; although it did cross my mind when my … More Guest Blog Post: Matters of Life and Death – On Euthanasia, by Wayne Campbell

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Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights

Here is a post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. You can find the link to this article here: http://wayaine.blogspot.com/2016/02/female-genital-mutilation.html  As the World Health Organization states: “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” (See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) Here’s something I found out today: An estimated 137,000 women and girls are … More Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights

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The Enigma of the Zika Virus: A Pandora’s Box, A Smokescreen, Or What?

Nothing is quite what it seems. Since the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1, I have been wading through online articles about the Zika Virus. I am baffled, confused, alarmed and apprehensive, all at the same time. I suspect many Jamaicans are. In fact, I was even … More The Enigma of the Zika Virus: A Pandora’s Box, A Smokescreen, Or What?

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