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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

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.

15 August 2017

Three Generations of Jamaican Textile Artists Reflect Strong Women's Voices

“Unresolved injustices are not acceptable […] With this exhibition, I chose to focus on creating a space for healing, of sanctuaries for those to whom justice has been unrequited.”

12 August 2017

Jamaica Police Review Absolves Officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

The Jamaican Constabulary Force's assessment of its actions during the 2010 state of emergency is being interpreted as "defensive and dismissive in a manner that is not appropriate or useful."

6 August 2017

Firing His Last Bolt — Jamaica's Superstar Sprinter Comes In Third To An Old, Unloved Rival In His Final Race

"His bronze medal proves his humanity [...] It is highly unlikely that those of us living now will ever see the likes of him again."

25 July 2017

This Jamaican Scientist's Marijuana-Based Anti-Cancer Drug Has Been Approved by the FDA

Should Dr. Lowe try to launch the drug himself if he can raise the funding? And what of the Jamaican government's role in taking the lead regarding ganja?

24 July 2017

Jamaica's First Woman Prime Minister Retires Amidst Praise, Criticism — and a Contentious Battle to Succeed Her

"Portia Simpson came to representational politics at the parliamentary level in 1976 when political tribalism and its ugly pickney, political violence, were on the upswing."

16 July 2017

Jamaican Dancehall Star's Instagram ‘Diss’ of Cultural Icon Sparks War of Words

"I feel like this discussion sparked by Ishawna's comment will morph into what aspects of culture/history we should/shouldn't celebrate."

14 July 2017

After Media Revelations, Jamaicans Ask Why Their Finance Minister Cannot Manage His Phone Bill

"@AudleyShaw not a good recommendation for your Ministerial position if you cannot manage the economics of a phone."

30 June 2017

Slimmed Down Garvey Sculpture Gets Thumbs Down From Jamaicans

Ambivalent — and often dismissive — about public statuary in general, Jamaicans turn their ire towards a bust of national hero Marcus Garvey that they say needs "more identity".

19 June 2017

One Last Bolt: Jamaicans Party at National Stadium After Usain's Last Run on Native Soil

The man who redefined athletics has run his last race on home soil; the stellar lineup of athletes reflected the growing stature of Jamaican track and field.

29 May 2017

A Jamaican Cultural Landmark Gets Some Much-Needed Tender Loving Care

"My first time putting foot inside the much touted #WardTheatre.... and immediately a sense of history dawned upon me..."

24 May 2017

New Database Aims to Track Rights Violations of Caribbean's Most Vulnerable Communities

The Caribbean has just launched its first online database aimed at tracking human rights violations and providing data to assist advocacy work.

23 May 2017

Flooding Washes Up Jamaica’s Poor Planning and Environmental Practices

Changing weather patterns, poor planning and development, inadequate drainage, and careless waste disposal converge to create disaster zones in Jamaica after just three days of heavy rains.

5 May 2017

Jamaica Furthers Its Missing Child Prevention and Recovery Efforts With Facebook Alert System

A new Facebook initiative in conjunction with the Jamaican government, the first of its kind in the region, aims to make it easier to identify and hopefully find missing children.

30 April 2017

Police Raid on Kingston Dub Club Puts Noise Pollution Issue on Replay

One of Jamaica's "music/tourism gems" gets shut down by police after neighbours complain about the noise levels. But is there a compromise to be had?

29 April 2017

Despite Some Ambivalence, the Expanded Jamaica Carnival of 2017 Was a Hit

Jamaica Carnival is still considered an import from Trinidad and Tobago, but that doesn't mean that Jamaicans haven't been embracing the festival and its economic benefits.

7 April 2017

Jamaican Prime Minister Apologizes to Rastafarian Community for 1963 Killings

On April 12, 1963, eight Rastafarians were killed in a state-sanctioned attack; over 100 more were rounded up, beaten and humiliated by having their dreadlocks forcibly cut.

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