Stories about Jamaica from November, 2010
Jamaica: U.S. Influence?
Active Voice takes on an interesting “dot connection exercise” with “the sequence of events that preceded and followed the sensational charges recently levied against JLP Deputy Leader James Robertson”.
Jamaica: Funeral of the “Cool Ruler”
Active Voice attends the funeral service for Gregory Isaacs and observes: “Considering how big Gregory was abroad it was surprising to see how small the crowd that came to send him off in Kingston was.”
Cuba: Fiber Optic Cable May Not Bring Greater Internet Access
Officials at Cuba’s Ministry of Informatics and Communications recently announced that a much-anticipated submarine fiber optic cable linking Venezuela, Cuba, and Jamaica, will be in operation by January of 2011. Although the cable’s 640 gigabytes will increase Cuba’s connectivity 3000-fold, it will not bring greater opportunities for Cuban citizens to access the Internet. Bloggers react.
Latin America: Music Blog “Club Fonograma” Reviews Latin American Music in English
Club Fonograma: We are Sudamerican Pop! is a music blog, written in English, that reviews Latin American music. Blog posts include audio or video of the band or singer being reviewed. They are on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and My Space.
Jamaica: Call to End Discrimination
Globewriter takes interest in a Jamaican mainstream media article, which calls for an end to discrimination against blacks and gays: “Even having the column published is astounding. I am not sure if it…is a sign that Jamaican society is becoming less bigoted or…simply…that the writer and the paper are fearlessly...
Jamaica: Dancehall and the Law
Reggae icon Buju Banton is finally out on bail; Girl With a Purpose calls this latest development “a small victory” and notes that “in the meantime, two infamous Jamaican Dancehall artistes…Vybz Kartel and…Mavado were listed as persons of interest” by Jamaican police.
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Not to Blame for Boycott
“We don’t care what Trade Minister Stephen Cadiz wants to say. There is no other way to look at the statement of their PM than plain out of order and highhanded”: Yardflex.com does not accept the inference that Jamaicans are to blame for instigating the boycott of T&T products.
Caribbean: Supporting the CRB
Regional litbloggers are encouraging one another to support The Caribbean Review of Books’ year-end donation drive.
Jamaica: Chevannes Passes Away
Jamaican bloggers pay tribute to the late Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Barry Chevannes.
Trinidad & Tobago: PM's Statement Causes Backlash
Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister has come under fire for her statements about hurricane relief to some of the CARICOM nations that were severely damaged by Hurricane Tomas. Bloggers throughout the Caribbean archipelago were offended by the sentiment that any release of the twin island republic's aid dollars hinged on reciprocal economic benefits.
Jamaica: Tomas On Its Way
Girl With a Purpose, along with the rest of Jamaica, is hunkering down for the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Tomas.