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Stories about Jamaica

17 March 2020

Cooped up? Trinidad & Tobago's Bocas LitFest has released its 2020 longlist

Self-quarantined? Dive into any of these “nine books by writers with roots in seven Caribbean territories,” which just made the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist.

14 March 2020

New COVID-19 disaster area order places a Jamaican community under quarantine, but ‘not under curfew’

As Jamaica confirms eight cases of COVID-19, the government has activated legislation which expands the authorities' powers in an effort to contain the outbreak.

6 March 2020

Kosovo politicians falsely claim Jamaica recognition. Why didn't media verify?

On February 19, Kosovar officials' tweets about Jamaica recognizing their country as a sovereign state received wide media coverage. And then Jamaica denied everything.

12 February 2020

A rash of ‘travel bans’ as the Caribbean gets serious about coronavirus

Several Caribbean territories, including Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago, have imposed travel bans to and from China.

31 January 2020

Jamaica's Accountability Meter Portal: ‘Accountability is the key to progress’

"I learned that our political leaders are more responsive than I thought and that advocacy is far more than a mere radio or TV interview."

30 January 2020

The Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal tracks government performance and gives power back to people

This groundbreaking website tracks the performance of elected representatives by giving citizens unfettered access and educating them about the way their government works.

21 January 2020

Redemption Song: My journey to marijuana activism

The Bridge

"Ganja has been a source of inspiration, meditation and medication on my journey as a mixed-race, working-class Caribbean woman trying to make a way in this capitalist world."

9 January 2020

Is the Caribbean apocalypse-proof?

Two researchers — who admit "their methodology probably isn't perfect" — suggest island nations are the best places to be in an apocalypse. But will the Global South be welcoming?

1 January 2020

Global Voices quinceañera: When the Caribbean did the right thing

In 2019, the Caribbean envisioned a more holistic brand of public education, spoke out against corruption, and experienced a resurgence of respect towards its First Peoples. Part 5 of 5.

31 December 2019

Global Voices quinceañera: How the climate crisis and other disasters affected the Caribbean in 2019

Like other Small Island Developing States, the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions when it comes to the effects of the climate crisis. Part 4 of 5.

30 December 2019

Global Voices quinceañera: The Caribbean steps out of the box

Pride parades. Cannabis legislation. £20 million in reparations. These were some of the victories in the Caribbean for 2019. Part 3 of 5.

21 December 2019

After costume controversy at Miss Universe, Jamaicans celebrate Miss World win

The furore surrounding a Miss Universe national costume that played up the horrors of slavery is assuaged by the #BlackGirlMagic of Toni-Ann Singh copping the 2019 Miss World title for...

19 December 2019

Global Voices quinceañera: Spotlight on Caribbean women's stories

From public breastfeeding to fighting period poverty, here are some of the ways Caribbean women stood up for themselves in 2019. Part 2 of 5.

13 December 2019

Anti-street harassment campaign in Trinidad & Tobago: ‘It's high time men are taught to do better’

Street harassment is all too common in Caribbean societies, but the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has begun an educational campaign to inspire behavioural change.

19 November 2019

In Jamaica, ‘road madness’ leads to increased fatalities — and call to action

Nearly every Jamaican has been affected in some way by the steadily climbing number of road traffic fatalities, but the obstacles to road safety are many — from corruption to...

24 October 2019

Kanye West's use of Jamaican symbols sparks national dialogue on ‘branding’

"Successive political administrations have never fully appreciated the economic value of the brand ‘Jamaica’ nor the symbols that [represent] that brand including its flag and its coat of arms..."

15 October 2019

Is Rihanna Barbadian or Jamaican? Jamaican Twitter claims the superstar as their own

Barbadian Twitter users poked fun at the Jamaican Dollar exchange rate, so Jamaicans did the next best thing — they claimed Rihanna.

12 October 2019

Young Jamaican senator makes ‘inappropriate’ comments in parliament about breast cancer

"How is [discussing] part of a woman's body either appropriate or relevant in a Parliamentary (or any other public/formal discourse)?"

15 September 2019

Jamaica remembers Hurricane Gilbert, but is the island prepared for a Dorian?

As the climate crisis worsens and the islands of the Caribbean often bear the brunt of the storms' wrath, the time for talk is over.

31 August 2019

As Jamaica seeks the return of Taino artefacts from Britain, relics at home may not be safe

Through the National Commission on Reparations, the Jamaican government says it's working to have world-renowned wooden Taino artefacts returned — but do the museums first need to higher standards?