Stories about Jamaica from June, 2009
Jamaica: Hangings to Resume
Upon hearing news that the Jamaican government intends to resume hangings, Iriegal is both sad and fearful that the decision is the right one.
Jamaica: Bloggers on Jackson
Michael Jackson's death has Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp ruminating on the meaning of life, while Annie Paul says: “the mainstream media has limited credibility for me now [post Jackson's death] particularly in the wake of the Iraq War which they triumphantly and confidently led us into.”
Caribbean, USA: Tributes to the “King of Pop”
Despite the controversy which plagued him for the latter part of his eccentric life, the sudden and unexpected death of American-born entertainer Michael Jackson, dubbed "The King of Pop", has touched millions of people around the world - and the Caribbean is no exception. Regional bloggers pay their respects...
Jamaica, Barbados: Updates on H1N1
Yardflex.com says 19 Jamaicans have been infected with the H1N1 virus, while Barbados Underground cautions that Swine Flu can't be blamed for everything.
Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: Facebook Fiasco
Trinidadian blogger KnowProSE.com discovers that a “Jamaican politican could lose his post because of Facebook”.
Jamaica: Can the IMF Change?
“There is talk of the possibility of the current Jamaican administration returning to do business with the International Monetary Fund“: Abeng News Magazine wonders whether the IMF leopard can change its spots.
As ten police officers are forced into retirement following suspicion of their involvement in a lottery scam, Jamaica Salt says: “Instead of bringing criminal charges against them, they have been retired early in the ‘public interest’. Is it just me, or does this seem odd?”
Talking to Indian-Jamaican writer and blogger Annie Paul
An interview with Jamaica-based Indian writer and editor Annie Paul, whose blog covers art, literature, popular culture, politics, and current affairs.
Jamaica: Sportsman of the Year
Abeng News Magazine reports that Jamaica's Usain Bolt has been voted World Sportsman of the Year.
Jamaica: The Best of Caribbean Theatre
Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts the results of his poll on the Top Ten Caribbean Theatre Classics.
Jamaica: High Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Violence Rates
Adolescent pregnancy continues to be a major health problem in Jamaica, with 35 percent of Jamaican women having their first pregnancy by age 19. Most of these pregnancies are not planned. Many of these teenage girls also experience sexual violence.
Jamaica: Valuing Treasures
Jamaica's Snailwriter notices that construction on the Treasure Beach canal has stopped: “Of course, it ‘stopped’ after the National Works Agency…had finished what they intended to do in this Phase One, had packed up their bulldozers and headed off to seek other funding to complete the destruction.”
Jamaica: One Love
“For the four days that I was in Treasure Beach for Calabash 09, I saw two Jamaicas”: Litblogger Geoffrey Philp explains that he would “like to return to a place that doesn’t have 1,611 murders in one year. I don’t want two Jamaicas. I’d just like a Jamaica of One...
Jamaica, Barbados: H1N1 Cases
Jamaica's Girl With a Purpose and Barbados’ Cheese-on-bread! and Bajan Dream Diary report on the islands’ first cases of the H1N1 virus.
Jamaica, France: Extending Sympathy
Jamaican blogger Life, Unscripted, on the Rock remembers the “families and friends of all those who were aboard Air France Flight 447.”
Jamaica: Calabash & the Maroons
Litblogger Geoffrey Philp recounts his experience at Jamaica's recently-concluded Calabash Literary Festival, while Trinidadian Sharon Millar offers some insight into the Maroons of Jamaica.
Jamaica: Justice System
Jamaica Salt is “interested in looking at the whole system of justice in Jamaica – or rather the lack of it.”