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Stories about Jamaica

7 April 2017

Jamaican Prime Minister Apologizes to Rastafarian Community for 1963 Killings

On April 12, 1963, eight Rastafarians were killed in a state-sanctioned attack; over 100 more were rounded up, beaten and humiliated by having their dreadlocks forcibly cut.

5 April 2017

If the Caribbean Wants to Grow Economically, ‘We Must Embrace the Women’s Perspective’

In an effort to “democratize finance” in the region, one Caribbean businesswoman introduces crowdfunding and urges community building for women to truly progress.

23 March 2017

Is Jamaica Preventing Cybercrime or Cyber Activism? The Tambourine Army Goes to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

"Making threats through social media is a criminal offence, but making accusations is not. In interpreting the new act, the courts must ensure [...] the right to freedom of expression.”

21 March 2017

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

5 March 2017

‘There Is a Sense of Hopelessness Among Young People’ in Jamaica

Violent crime is up in Jamaica, and youth are not exempt. How are young people coping with this new reality?

4 March 2017

As Starbucks Mulls Entry Into Jamaica, a Look at Coffee Culture (or Lack Thereof) in the Land of the Blue Mountains

Jamaica produces one of the world's highest quality coffee brands -- but does the country itself have enough of a coffee culture to support an international chain?

3 March 2017

Vybz Kartel Supporters Threaten Former Jamaican Culture Minister Over Remarks About Dancehall's Violent Lyrics

"I pray that Jamaicans who value common decency will push back against this new normal and defend Jamaica’s true culture. If we lose this battle, we will have lost Jamaica."

14 February 2017

Marcus Garvey and President Obama's Missed Opportunity

The Bridge

By refusing to pardon or highlight the accomplishments of Marcus Garvey during his tenure, President Obama missed the opportunity for "honest discussion about race and the erasure of black heroes."

13 February 2017

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Looks Back at Achievements, Challenges After 25 Years

"We're 25 years old, but we are trying to stay true to our founding principles: equality, preserving human rights and dignity."

7 February 2017

‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows

"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."

17 January 2017

Writing to ‘Dismantle the Silence’ Surrounding Sexual Exploitation of Poor Young Women in Jamaica

"...for the first time, Jamaican women see their stories of sexual assault and questions of self-worth being tackled on the page without it demonizing them or portraying them as caricatures."

29 December 2016

In the Social Media Age, How Should Jamaica’s Head of Government Communicate?

"Jamaica’s Prime Minister [uses] social media. To imply that the press is asking hard-hitting questions that only they are capable of asking, is negating the opinions of the public."

24 December 2016

2016: The Year the Caribbean Was Forced to Confront Its Attitude Towards Women

"We do not talk truthfully among ourselves about [...] harassment. Verbal innuendo and unwanted remarks are part of the culture we do not want to get rid of."

20 December 2016

Domestic-Murder Spree Clouds Christmas in Jamaica

"The system of patriarchy continues to socialize men into a false belief that they have the right to control women. Consequently, gender-based violence [...] seems almost ‘normal.'"

16 December 2016

2016 Was the Caribbean's Year of Loss

For bloggers in the Caribbean, “2016” has nearly become an obscenity. Adjectives now used to describe this "annus horribilis" include "sucky", "terrible" and "the worst".

12 December 2016

The Rape of a Teenager Raises Concerns About How Jamaican Police Respond to Gender-Based Violence

"Many girls (and boys) find themselves in cycles of sexual abuse. It is a horrendous rite of passage for many young persons in Jamaica."

3 December 2016

Dancehall Directory? A New Yellow Pages Cover Stirs Controversy in Jamaica

"When [they] attacked the Yellow Pages for their representation of this aspect of our culture, they didn’t just attack a genre of music…they attacked an identity, a way of life."

2 December 2016

Caribbean Women Take Their Power Back by Sharing Stories of Sexual Abuse Via the #LifeinLeggings Hashtag

"#LifeinLeggings is the story of women AND girl children [...] A large number of the stories are of childhood events. [...] Measure the country's level of civilization against that."

27 November 2016

Exit Castro: The Caribbean Says Goodbye to the Force Behind the Cuban Revolution

"To all the other Caribbean government heads, please take a page from his book. One of the good pages."

25 November 2016

Yet Another Report on Extrajudicial Killings Backs Up Jamaican Human Rights Defenders’ Calls for Police Reform

Amnesty International's new report explores the abuse of power by Jamaican police and the fraught, protracted path to justice for victims' families.

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