Stories about Jamaica from September, 2007
In light of the situation in Myanmar, Montego Bay Day By Day writes: “Although this little rock called Jamaica isn't perfect, I am indeed grateful that, as of this date, we can criticize our government quite harshly without fear.”
Francis Wade makes a case for the customer service function to be outsourced in Jamaica – and Barbados and Trinidad, for that matter.
Uncommon Sense blogs about the struggle in Burma, while Montego Bay Day By Day says: “Freedom is not a thing that is earned. It is a right that is obtained at the very moment that one is deemed alive.”
Francis Wade blogs about how “life became easier when I realized that I was Jamaican, first and foremost.”
Jamaican Francis Wade wonders: “What is the cost of a promise that falls through the cracks?”
“It goes without saying that the list of writers that haven’t won will always be more impressive than those who have, but that’s matter more of volume than taste”: Marlon James puts forward his picks for this year's Nobel Prize in Literature.
Montego Bay Day By Day posts a photographic account of the moving of a “chattel house” in Jamaica.
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp wonders whether V.S Naipaul was right about book-buying in the Caribbean being considered “an extravagance” and asks his readers to weigh in on the subject.
Jamaica Citizen writes a letter to new Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
“Personally, I think our triumph in having produced two Nobel laureates in literature owes something to the barrenness of our literary tradition”: Geoffrey Philp features Jamaican author Anthony C. Winkler as he talks about why he writes.
The Brooklyn Museum blog announces the start of its inaugural public program for Infinite Island, an exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art.
“I was more interested in the ambivalence that many West Indians feel about the canefields, a reminder of more oppressive times and also a means to a livelihood”: Geoffrey Philp's Blogspot features Trinidad-born author Rabindranath Maharaj as he discusses his new novel.
“As quick as I am to congratulate Mr. Golding, I am quite disappointed in a few moves he has made, within a short space of time”: Jamaican Lifestyle has its eye on post-election politics on the island.
The Latin Americanist reports that ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries are calling on the European Union to uphold the “Sugar Protocol” agreement, which guarantees that EU states buy and import agreed quantities of sugar at certain prices.
“We're well into the 2007 hurricane season, and all I got was a lousy brochure…”: KnowProSE.com blogs about disaster preparedness in the Caribbean.
According to Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle, corporate culture is difficult to change – unless you want to make it worse!
Silicon Caribe says although “the blog as media is fledgling in the Caribbean…we’re excited to watch where it goes.”
Cuba Journal links to a Jamaican news story that confirms the island's newly elected government will continue to foster diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Marlon James blogs about what he calls his “colonisation in reverse”, and why he felt he needed to leave Jamaica: “I love my country but I’ve never missed it, perhaps because I have never forgotten the reasons I left.”
Moving Back to Jamaica asks: “What happens if the PNP is successful in its attempts to have 2 elected candidates disqualified because they are U.S. citizens? The situation…cries out for a peaceful and amicable solution.”
Following the controversy in Jamaica over the dual citizenship of certain successful electoral candidates, Caribbean Comment explores the idea of what it means to be a citizen.