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Emma Lewis

London-born, Oxford graduate, living in Kingston, Jamaica for 29 years. Writer, blogger, social media activist. A passion for human rights, the environment, climate change and issues affecting Small Island Developing States. Formerly Public Affairs Specialist at U.S. Embassy Kingston (16 years) and worked in publishing/retail book business (8 years).

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Latest posts by Emma Lewis

19 March 2018

A Respected Ceramicist and a Skilled Novelist: Jamaica Loses Two Much-Loved Creatives in Two Days

"Jamaica, we mourn the passing of sculptor Gene Pearson and writer Garfield Ellis. But we will celebrate them always."

9 March 2018

Pastor's Reduced Sentence for ‘Sex With Minors’ Casts Cloud Over International Women's Day in Jamaica

"Disgraced Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke got a slap on the wrist...He egregiously breached the trust and confidence of the people who look to him as a man of the clergy..."

8 February 2018

As the World Celebrates Bob Marley Day, Reggae is Changing and So Are Its Fans

"Consciousness and liberation are some of the messages we expect from Rasta, unfortunately, it [appears] Rasta has lost its value locally and as an agent of change in our society."

3 February 2018

It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government's Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher

"The Caribbean region has had a long history of oppressive teachings in the name of church and evangelism. We now need to facilitate healing and protection from further division [...]"

1 February 2018

Jamaicans Call for Tougher Anti-Crime Measures as Yet Another Police Commissioner Resigns

"All eyes will be on the Police Service Commission as it prepares Jamaica for an uncertain future."

20 January 2018

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

12 January 2018

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Preach Hate? An American Fundamentalist Pastor Tests Jamaica’s Limits

"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."

Post-Earthquake Tsunami Scare in the Caribbean Region Highlights a Shaky Range of Preparedness

"I want to know, now what? How will these alerts be communicated to the citizenry that's not on Social Media? This is quite sobering I tell you."

5 January 2018

Jamaican Police Under Pressure After New Year's Party Delays International Flights

"There will be calls for an inquiry. For accountability. Blame will be shifted. Promises will be made. There is one step, however, that we rarely take. Questioning the ‘WHY?’. "

2 January 2018

Despite Challenges, Jamaica’s Capital City Welcomes 2018 With a Dash of Optimism

While clouds linger, it appears that Kingston is determined to look on the sunny side of life in 2018.

19 December 2017

Jamaicans Mourn the Passing of a Media Icon Who Celebrated Achievement in the Face of Adversity

"Ian’s contribution to media is admirable and represents the power of good journalism. He distinguished himself as a fair, fearless and balanced commentator. I consider his passing a great loss."

Wildlife Sanctuary Announcement Is the Icing on the Christmas Cake for Jamaica's Environmental Campaigners

An environmentally sensitive area initially pegged to be a megaport development will now be transformed into a wildlife sanctuary intended to protect the critically endangered Jamaican Iguana.

8 December 2017

The Conviction of Another Dancehall Star Fails to Shock Crime-Weary Jamaicans

Following the incarceration of Vybz Kartel, Ninja Man is the second major dancehall artist in recent times to be convicted of murder in crime-weary Jamaica.

16 November 2017

With a Little Help From Humans, the Caribbean's Birds Are Attempting a Post-Hurricane Comeback

Wildlife suffers from the effects of natural disasters too, and after the tough 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, conservationists across the Caribbean are helping bird populations to be resilient.

14 November 2017

Jamaican Women Demand the Right to ‘Bare Arms’ at Government Offices

"There are Jamaicans who are being denied services that they are entitled to because of these dress codes [...] a serious issue to be addressed."

30 October 2017

Jamaican Prime Minister’s Barefoot Campaigning Inspires Laughs—and Questions About Infrastructure

Despite the showmanship involved in the campaigning in a key constituency in an important Jamaican by-election, netizens wonder whether anything will actually change after the votes are in.

8 October 2017

Building Journalists with Integrity and Impact: A Community Journalism Project Takes Shape in Jamaica

The Caribbean needs solid, investigative journalists. One community-based journalism project in Jamaica has taken up the training challenge.

2 October 2017

Misleading Headline Sparks Row Between Jamaica's Press Association Head and Prime Minister’s Office

How a question, a response and an inaccurate headline caused an impasse between the Jamaican government and the media, while netizens fear the underlying issue remains unaddressed.

29 September 2017

A Pro-Environmental Campaign Pushes the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Public Petition Page Into the Limelight

Cockpit Country is an ecological gem, under threat from bauxite mining. As an online petition to save the area attracts support, Jamaicans find a new way to engage their government.

5 September 2017

Jamaica’s New Anti-Crime Strategy Gets a Cautious Thumbs up, at Least for Now

Jamaicans are fed up with the rise in violent crime, prompting the government to pass legislation designating special zones in which security forces have additional powers to curb crime.

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