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· August, 2014

Stories about Jamaica from August, 2014

In Defense of the National Gallery of Jamaica's Director

Arrests Made in Man's Fatal Beating Have Not Renewed Faith in Jamaica's Police

The case has continued to fuel protests and discussions in Jamaica, which has a history of police brutality and other similar forms of violence.

Do You Have to Be Christian to Be Jamaican?

A Jamaican politician has sparked debate over his comments that "the country has moved too far from God, and has ceased pleasing God."

Lessons from Marcus Garvey, Jamaica's First National Hero

Marcus Garvey, who was born 127 years ago, was a fervent supporter of Pan-Africanism. On the anniversary of his birthday, two bloggers commemorated the leader.

Speaking Out Against the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Caribbean

Mental illness has long been taboo in the Caribbean, but on the heels of American actor Robin Williams' untimely death, regional bloggers explain why it's important to talk about it.

National Gallery of Jamaica Director Faces Accusations of Intimidating and Bullying Employees

Blogger and cultural critic Annie Paul has criticized the management style of the gallery's Executive Director Veerle Poupeye, which she says drove two curators to leave.

Jamaica: #Ferguson & #Gaza

Defending Human Rights in Jamaica

Jamaican Women Are Speaking Out Online Against the ‘Widespread Sickness’ of Public Sexual Harassment

"Instead of falling into the trap of thinking that unwanted sexual attention is a compliment, women must fight back. We cannot passively see ourselves as victims."

Investment Deal with China Leaves Jamaicans With More Questions Than Answers

Caribbean Court of Justice Mired in Controversy

A Man's Fatal Beating Puts Police Brutality Back on the Front Burner in Jamaica

Mario Deane was beaten while in police custody for marijuana possession. This type of violence has plagued the country's political culture from as far back as the 1970s.

More Than a Half Century Later, How Should Jamaica View Its Independence Day?

The learning curve for a people who historically never had a say continues to be a steep one, especially in a climate where corruption was already entrenched.

Emancipation Day Sees New Triumph as Haitian-Born Dominican is Declared a National

Should the Caribbean ‘Free Up the Herb'? This Attorney Thinks So

As the debate on marijuana's legal status rages in the Caribbean, attorney and activist Richie Maitland argues in favor of decriminalisation.

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