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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 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.

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.

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