· February, 2006

Stories about Jamaica from February, 2006

Jamaica: First Female Prime Minister

  27 February 2006

Continuing the global trend of more female heads of state, Portia Simpson-Miller won elections to become the first female party leader and Prime Minister in Jamaica's history. Although not his first choice, Leon Robinson says of Simpson-Miller: “she can cross party lines, she has a humble attitude, she's spiritual and...

Jamaica: Say no to Brokeback

  24 February 2006

“Now before you gay advocates out there start posting hateful comments, understand that Jamaica is a very conservative country,” says Leon, in defense of the anti-Brokeback Mountain outcry in Jamaica.

Caribbean: World Cup 2007 security

  24 February 2006

Barbados Free Press has it from “a confidential source” that “British and South African intelligence agencies and counter-terror units are to play major planning and operational roles in providing security for the 2007 Cricket World Cup” (which is being hosted by several Caribbean territories). The same source says, however, that...

Caribbean: Cricket shrink

  22 February 2006

Ri imagines a conversation between the West Indies cricket team's captain, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and the team's new Irish shrink.

Caribbean: Hurricane season

  21 February 2006

“My Caribbean and Florida bloggers, do you realise we are less than 16 weeks away from hurricane season”? asks Cayman Islands-based blogger Ri.

Jamaica: Police rap

  20 February 2006

Afflicted Yard links to an anti-crime rap song recorded by Jamaican Senior Superintendent of Police Renato Adams.

Caribbean: Food stories

  20 February 2006

Iriepeople.com publishes a recipe for Escovitch Fish, while Can Cook Must, Cook hunts for a good roti in London and reviews a new Caribbean cookbook.

Jamaica, Trinidad: Curry goat & oxtail

  14 February 2006

“What’s a Sunday dinner without a some Rice & Bean and Curry Goat?” asks Iriepeople.com in its brief rhapsody on the Jamaican dish, which includes a recipe. And on Saturdays in Trinidad Can Cook, Must Cook says “you'll find a lot of people making soup, usually fish broth or oxtail...

Caribbean: Racism in cricket?

  14 February 2006

Trinidadian journalist Vaneisa Baksh joins the debate on racism in cricket going on at the Cricinfo – Wicket to Wicket blog with a susbstantial article which concludes that, while racism certainly exists in the Caribbean, it rarely manifests itself these days in the context of West Indies cricket.

Cayman, Jamaica, T&T: Carnival visitors

  13 February 2006

Mad Bull is keeping a close eye on the Trinidad Carnival activities from Grand Cayman. Grenada-based Jamaican Yamfoot is going one better and actually traveling to Trinidad to partake in the festivities.

Caribbean: Cricket notes

  13 February 2006

The West Indies Cricket Blog links to an article which looks back at the history of West Indies tours to New Zealand, “including the infamous 1980 series when the umpires made more news than the players”; and to another reporting that cricket great Desmond Haynes is calling for a Caribbean...

Jamaica: Marijuana hypocrisy

  13 February 2006

Dancehall Blog links to a newspaper article reporting that legendary roots reggae artist Bunny Wailer was booed at an event recently for attempting to address the issue of “marijuana and the hypocrisy with which the plant is treated by the political leadership of the country.” The article concluded that “although...

Selections from the Caribbean blogosphere

  11 February 2006

This week the Caribbean saw presidential elections taking place in Haiti, violence erupting in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and Hosay observances in Trinidad. Here's the blogosphere's take on these events: Haiti: Presidential Elections February 7th’s presidential election in Haiti seemed at first to belong to René Préval. The New York Times...

Jamaica: Spanish Town Blues

10 February 2006

Charles Matheson reports to work at his office in the Jamaican district of Spanish Town, which erupted in violent protest on Wednesday in response to the killing of a gang leader. “The silence outside was broken by the crack of gunfire as we all scampered away from the front of...

Caribbean, South Africa: Legacy and succession

  8 February 2006

South Africa-based Caribbean blogger Crossing Worlds wonders whether the struggle begun by the architects of the independence movement is safe in the hands of the current generation. “As the US Civil Rights leaders, the black power activists and the liberation leaders begin to die, it seems even more important to...

Jamaica: Happy Birthday, Bob!

7 February 2006

Leon reminds us that Bob Marley would have celebrated his 61st birthday yesterday. Happy belated birthday, Bob, from all of us at Global Voices!