"Is everyone a little bit racist?"

“Is everyone a little bit racist?”

The role and responsibility of a journalist is something I think about a lot, probably too much. Especially when it comes to being a person with white skin and the accompanying privilege. And especially as social media is changing the role as we speak, to an almost unrecognizable profession that now includes “citizen journalists.”

New York Times Nicholas Kristof exemplifies, for me, some aspects…

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"UniteforChange, StrongerTogether"

“UniteforChange, StrongerTogether”

I took this picture from National Security Minister Peter Bunting’s Facebook page. Here is what he wrote to accompany it:

This gentleman walked with us for one hour on the most uneven of surfaces. One arm and one leg, yet he pushes a hand cart chipping and selling coconuts, and now seeing that his community is in crisis he has come out in solidarity. What an inspiration! PB…

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Is right to education being violated in JA?

Is right to education being violated in JA?

When people say the economy in Jamaica is improving, at least by the standards set by the IMF, I tend to ponder this in the context of the headlines. (I know you cannot conflate on-paper, economic measurements with conditions on the ground, but I always think the contrasting contexts are interesting.)

Specifically, I like to measure in terms of being a young person, whose parents pay taxes,…

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Canada ‘Dream’ Tour

Canada ‘Dream’ Tour

Kate Chappell:

Fellow Cuso International volunteer Karen Prentice recently accompanied the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica on a “Dream Tour” of Canada. Karen works as the Communications Advisor for NYOJ and spent a life-changing week with these youth from inner-city communities who have spent the past while learning how to play classical instruments. I have seen them play a concert and it was…

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Tropical wave

A tropical wave has hit the island this weekend. There were terrific thunderstorms yesterday and a downpour of rain.

Tropical wave

A tropical wave has hit the island this weekend. There were terrific thunderstorms yesterday and a downpour of rain.

ALS vs. Ferguson

I feel as though I won a gold medal today, a reward for the specific task of surviving seven hours of Jamaican bureaucracy. This spanned three offices, about a dozen forms, many lines, many helpful clerks and much hustling around the city. But I accomplished what was necessary!

In relation to yesterday’s blog post, please check out thisthoughtful article on the relation between the riots in…

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Ice Bucket Challenge, Jamaican edition: report water leaks

Ice Bucket Challenge, Jamaican edition: report water leaks

The Ice Bucket Challenge has hit Jamaica. Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna undertook it yesterday and challenged some colleagues to follow her. If you are not aware, the way it works is that someone dumps a bucket of ice water over their head and then names a couple of people who must follow suit within 24 hours. If they do…

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Floating http://wp.me/s2JSBS-floating

Chilling over the weekend. Enjoy your day. Nuff bad news going on right now, but there is always something to be grateful for.

Floating http://wp.me/s2JSBS-floating

Chilling over the weekend. Enjoy your day. Nuff bad news going on right now, but there is always something to be grateful for.

"Like a disease"

“Like a disease”

This morning after I finished my run up at the University, I hopped into a route taxi to take me home. The driver and a passenger were in the front and it was me alone in the back. As we approached a small traffic jam, the driver stopped the crawl of cars to let a woman pass in front of him.

“Let har pass,” he yelled out the window at the driver trying to proceed on the other side of the road.…

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"…we have a responsibility to prevent human suffering"

“…we have a responsibility to prevent human suffering”

Whether we are in Iraq or Rwanda, we have a responsibility to prevent human suffering; placing children at the top of that agenda should be key to this rationale.

This is a quote from an op-ed in today’s Washington Post by Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian soldier who witnessed the Rwandan genocide. He is warning of another possible genocide in Iraq. His words should carry weight, let’s hope it is…

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Ozan http://wp.me/s2JSBS-ozan

Yesterday we did a training session for some intellectually disabled youth about the importance of mentoring. This is Ozan.

Ozan http://wp.me/s2JSBS-ozan

Yesterday we did a training session for some intellectually disabled youth about the importance of mentoring. This is Ozan.

Buying Jamaican is sometimes not the best option?

Buying Jamaican is sometimes not the best option?

I try to buy local produce as much as possible as it is more cost effective and supportive of the farming industry. With fruits, this is no problem. Bananas, mangoes, naseberries, papaya and sugar cane are in abundance. For vegetables, sometimes this is a little bit more difficult. As a result, I eat a lot of pumpkin, carrot and cauliflower. Those seem to be the cheapest and most readily…

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Man threatens to jump if his song not aired on radio

Half-Way Tree came to a halt yesterday after a man climbed a broadcasting tower and threatened to jump if a local radio station did not play his music.

What it’s like to live with someone with mental illness

What it’s like to live with someone with mental illness

I wrote this several years ago, but it seems relevant today:

What is the most terrifying moment of your life? The moment that adrenaline revs your heart so that it pounds in your ears? The moment your brain is forced to confront how you feel about dying? For me, that moment occurred in the pre-dawn hours of a late spring day, a time when nature buzzes with the frenetic activity of recreating…

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Deane. Riley. Brown. Justice?

Deane. Riley. Brown. Justice?

Mario Deane. Eric Riley. Michael Brown. Three young, allegedly unarmed men, allegedly killed either by police or in police custody over the past week.

First, Mario Deane. The 31-year-old was arrested for possessing one ganja spliff near Montego Bay on August 3. Several hours after being taken into custody, he was dead as a result of a beating. Two inmates have been arrested. There is now aweb site

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