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Stories about Jamaica

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.

23 November 2016

Despite Challenges, Volunteerism is Giving Young Jamaicans Hope

"Volunteers make our communities safer; they stand up for human rights and lobby for positive change [...] Their collective efforts can make Jamaica a more vibrant, healthy country."

10 November 2016

The Caribbean Considers a World Where Donald Trump Is President

"If you thought Trump was more dangerous than Hillary you know little to nothing about world events. Hillary lost because [...] people were tired of the status quo [...]"

5 November 2016

Jamaica Plans to Give a Historical Pardon to National Heroes and Freedom Fighters

Jamaicans applaud draft legislation aimed at expunging the criminal records of freedom fighters and other national heroes, saying the move is long overdue.

31 October 2016

Caribbean Bloggers Week 2016 Seeks to Amplify the Region's Online Voices

Caribbean bloggers are out there, and they do have voices that deserve recognition.

14 October 2016

From London to Kingston, British-Jamaican Artist Mike Stanley Speaks the Language of Paint

"The environment affects you. [...] This annual trip, from Jamaica to the UK, made me recognize the huge difference in the light. The way you see color changes."

8 October 2016

Jamaica Escaped the Wrath of Matthew — But Hurricane Preparedness Is a Tricky Business

Caribbean nations still grapple with how best to prepare for the potential disaster they face each hurricane season -- Jamaican netizens observed a few hiccups in preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

2 October 2016

Jamaicans Get Fired Up About the U.S. Presidential Contest and a Popular Singer's Shock Endorsement

"After all that brouhaha, all the rage — it is time now to forgive the woman. For all the good she has done and sung, we owe her that…"

3 September 2016

After Two Decades, Jamaican Author Finally Unveils Book Dedicated to Marcus Garvey

Why should we still care about civil rights leader Marcus Garvey? Florida-based Jamaican author Geoffrey Philp explains Garvey's relevance, and why black lives have always mattered, through his new novel.

30 August 2016

Unbothered by Tabloid Scandals, Jamaicans Stay Devoted to Superstar Sprinter Usain Bolt

Saucy photos that would possibly force most politicians from office can't dent the love Jamaica feels for iconic sprinter Usain Bolt.

22 August 2016

A Jamaican Company's Offensive Olympic Tweet Offers a Lesson in Social Media Responsibility

A derogatory tweet about Omar McLeod after his gold-medal win in hurdles could have cost one Jamaican company "way more brand equity and real loss of dollars".

18 August 2016

The Crocodile's Got to Go? A Jamaican Bishop Blames the Country's Coat of Arms for Crime

"We have a coat of arms that has a crocodile sitting on top of it...Why should we have a crocodile sitting on top of us as a nation?"

6 August 2016

On the Eve of Independence Celebrations, Jamaicans Delight in the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony

From Rio's green theme to the pomp and circumstance of the Parade of Nations, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games inspired a sense of national pride for Jamaicans.

5 August 2016

Jamaicans Are Excited About Their Athletes and a Little Nervous About Rio

"Why the so-called developed countries don't stop hating on #Brazil and allow the rest of us to enjoy the @Olympics? Goodness gracious!"

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