· December, 2007

Stories about Jamaica from December, 2007

Jamaica: Friends for Life

  31 December 2007

“Moving home to live in Jamaica has revealed to me that American friends are for a reason, but Jamaican friends are for life”: In Francis Wade‘s experience, West Indians and North Americans approach relationships very differently.

Barbados: Homophobia

  31 December 2007

“In the Caribbean we are confused and hypocritical in our attitudes toward sex in general”: Living in Barbados blogs about the region's lack of tolerance for homosexuality.

Ethiopia: Queen of Sheba, Now Available in French

  30 December 2007

Francophone music blog Roots and Culture interviews Samuel Malher, a religious scholar from Strasbourg who has written the first unabridged French translation of the Kebra Negast, a sacred Ethiopian text. It describes the heritage of the Ethiopian monarchs, who trace their lineage to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and how the Ethiopians became God's new chosen people when the Ark of the Covenant was taken from Israel to Ethiopia.

Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica: Caribbean Christmas

  24 December 2007

“Not only do we enjoy warm weather when most of the rest of the world is cold, but we also have a way of making the season festive”: Living in Barbados offers a glimpse of Christmas in the Caribbean.

Caribbean: Christmas Traditions

  23 December 2007

All over the world, people get together with friends and family to celebrate Christmas. They exchange gifts, and invite one another to their homes for parties, lunches or dinners, signifying the trademark Christmas message of peace and goodwill. Karel McIntosh speaks to a few regional bloggers to get a glimpse into what Christmas traditions are like in the Caribbean...

Barbados, Jamaica: Navel String

  20 December 2007

“Dirt under the nails is a good thing”: Living in Barbados blogs about an interesting Jamaican tradition and the joys of being close to the earth.

Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica: Death of Traditional Media

  19 December 2007

“I think blogs…and other online mediums can and should take the place of traditional media, if only because it saves trees…but also because…I do not think that traditional journalism is doing the job anymore”: Sungoddess foresees the demise of traditional media in the Caribbean.

Caribbean: A More Violent World?

  17 December 2007

Are we living in a more violent world? Some say we are; others believe that violence is simply more widely reported. Earlier this year, the World Bank suggested that the Caribbean (as a region) may have the highest murder rate in the world - and it is having a serious effect on economic growth. More and more, Caribbean bloggers are discussing the issue - and their concerns transcend territorial boundaries, economic realities and regional politics...

Jamaica: Bought or Sold?

  17 December 2007

“When a Jamaican moves abroad…they learn the cynicism that comes with repeatedly being ‘sold”: Francis Wade relishes the freedom that has come with moving back home.

Trinidad & Tobago: More of the Same

  14 December 2007

“Does anyone actually know of any (other) company where this sort of thing happens and the persons responsible are not seriously reprimanded?” asks West Indies Cricket Blog, on hearing news of the West Indies Cricket Board‘s latest bungle.

Jamaica: Brain Drain

  13 December 2007

Francis Wade thinks that Jamaica needs “a change in priorities, and to rethink the economic effect of our brain-drain.”

Barbados, Jamaica: Road Deaths

  13 December 2007

“Jamaican males sees cars as extensions of themselves and use them to make statements…”: Living in Barbados blogs about driving habits in Jamaica.

Jamaica: Christmas Poem

  10 December 2007

“It's time; time to wash away the smoke of the year's turmoil, to put aside profits, gains, losses–the familiar ache that brings tears in the bathroom mirror–it’s time”: Geoffrey Philp posts a Christmas poem.

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