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Stories about Jamaica

15 August 2014

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.

12 August 2014

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."

8 August 2014

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.

1 August 2014

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.

17 July 2014

Are Black Americans More Aware of Race Than Black Caribbeans?

Blogger Aidan Neal argues that black Americans are "so grossly affected by racism that they almost lay-wait offensive behavior," while race isn't a common topic of discussion in the Caribbean.

15 July 2014

Jamaica's Anti-Gay Protesters Don't Want to Be Called Homophobic

Groups protesting a possible repeal of a colonial-era anti-sodomy law have tried to distance themselves from being labeled "homophobic." Caribbean bloggers insist on calling a spade a spade.

25 June 2014

How a Protest to Reinstate a University Professor Relaunched Jamaica's Gay Rights Debate

Jamaica's moral compass is on overdrive ever since the dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain. The controversy continues to fuel the debate over gay rights in an infamously homophobic country.

17 June 2014

The Framing of Jamaica's “Gay Menace”

The dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain from his post as head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network is still fueling the debate about gay rights in Jamaica.

11 June 2014

Show Me The Money: Caribbean Discrimination Case Awardee Still Not Paid

Eight months after the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled in her favour, Shanique Myrie, who was strip-searched and denied entry to Barbados, still has not received her award.

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