· February, 2012

Stories about Jamaica from February, 2012

Jamaica: Nicknames

  29 February 2012

Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac blogs about Jamaicans and their nicknames, explaining that it's an eccentricity with “meaning and real origins that mark a key characteristic of a person or their background.”

Jamaica: Inmate Beatings

  28 February 2012

Following reports that several high-profile inmates are being beaten, Active Voice wants to know “what’s going down at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre”, which seems to be “a virtual Guantanamo Bay.”

Jamaica: Gang Culture

  21 February 2012

Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac attends a symposium on gang violence in the Caribbean and comes to the conclusion that “white-collar crime is no better or worse than street crimes.”

Caribbean: We'll Always Love You, Whitney

  14 February 2012

Following the untimely death of singer Whitney Houston, a handful of Caribbean bloggers are talking about her talent, her music and her legacy. From Trinidad and Tobago, The Liming House posts a video of the singer performing “I Look to You” and says: Goodbye, Whitney. Because your voice, even when...

Caribbean: It's V-Day; Can You Feel the Love?

  14 February 2012

Love is definitely on the minds and in the hearts of Caribbean bloggers today; here's a quick look at how many of them are honouring the feeling that makes the world - and apparently the blogosphere - go round…

Jamaica: Media Mandate to Provide Info

  14 February 2012

A man dies after being shot during a robbery at an ATM; Active Voice wonders “why Jamaican media seems to be conspiring with the bank concerned to keep the exact location of the ATM a secret”, adding: “Such an omission raises serious questions about the media and exactly whose watchdogs...

Jamaica: The Marley Brand

  13 February 2012

Active Voice blogs about a public talk that Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley gave at the University of the West Indies, while Jamaica Woman Tongue repors that “Jamaicans of all social classes” attended the 12th staging of the Bob Marley Tribute Concert, ‘Trench Town Rock’.

Jamaica: Journalist “Mutty” Perkins Dies

  10 February 2012

Girl With a Purpose mourns the death of controversial Jamaican journalist and radio talk show host, Wilmott ‘Mutty’ Perkins, who passed away this morning, saying: “We hope, ‘Mutty’, that Jamaicans will truly be free to understand that Jamaica is for Jamaicans and those who love her and not for those...

Jamaica: Go Easy on the Guns

  10 February 2012

The United States is sending “a donation that comes with a message” to Jamaica, supplying the island's police force with “batons, handcuffs, pepper sprays and equipment belts for approximately 6,500 frontline officers” – which prompts Jamaica Salt to ask: “With a culture of impunity within the police…and in a country...

Jamaica: Women's Political Role

  6 February 2012

“The troubling disrespect for the ‘girls’ appointed to the Cabinet seems to confirm that the JLP is committed to the backward notion that ‘man must run tings’”: Jamaica Woman Tongue argues that “turning the size of Mrs Simpson Miller’s Cabinet into a gender issue betrays a deep-seated prejudice against women...

Jamaica: Playing with the Law

  6 February 2012

“With what passes for law and justice in this country is it any wonder that this is such a violent society?”: Active Voice explains that “a lot of the crime plaguing us is the result of people taking the law into their own hands because the extant justice system just...

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