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Stories about Jamaica

11 February 2015

The Caribbean Is Stuck in a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mindset

A couple of recent cases reveal that one of the most disturbing aspects of the region's complicated relationship with sex and gender is alive and well.

22 January 2015

Caribbean Perspectives on the Charlie Hebdo Free Speech vs. Intolerance Debate

Two Caribbean bloggers discuss religious fundamentalism in the context of the Charlie Hebdo attack and wonder if the tragedy can be used as an opportunity to change the idealogical narrative.

5 January 2015

Jamaica Loses a Visionary With the Passing of Artist Peter Dean Rickards

One Twitter user, mourning the artist's death, remembered him saying, "I just wanna cause enough shit to be a good bar story for a hundred years or so." Mission accomplished.

30 December 2014

Can Women Be Sexy and Hold Public Office in Jamaica?

Lisa Hanna, Jamaica's minister of youth and culture, has faced criticism for posting a photo of herself in a swimsuit and T-shirt on Instagram.

10 December 2014

Slain Photojournalist Luke Somers’ Deep Connection to Jamaica

Luke Somers, the photojournalist who was murdered by al-Qaeda in Yemen, was known and loved the world over. One Jamaican reading centre, for whom he volunteered, remembers his life.

17 November 2014

Jamaican Sexism Flexes Its Muscles as Gender Gaffes Stir Public Outrage

Most recently, the misogynistic ideas of some of Jamaica's leading men, in both the public and private sectors, has entered the public spotlight.

16 October 2014

Too Late for Jamaican Government to ‘Kiss and Make Up’ When It Comes to Chikungunya

As the prime minister admits that Chikungunya has caused a "national emergency" in Jamaica, people remain dissatisfied with the government's efforts to educate citizens and contain the disease.

4 October 2014

Battleground Instagram: the Jamaican Reggae Artiste vs. the Youth and Culture Minister

Recent online misadventures of Jamaica's state officials are an example of how social media are changing the way Caribbean politicians interact with the public.

2 October 2014

The Chikungunya Virus Brings Jamaica to Its Knees

Jamaica is confronting a dangerous health scare, as bloggers argue that social media can be used as an effective information channel to educate the public about risks.

26 September 2014

Jamaica Considers Developing Goat Islands Despite Environmental Protests

Jamaica's officials recently petitioned UNESCO, but the "lure of a $1.5 billion investment" has brought an about-face. Shackled to the IMF, the money might be too much to pass up.

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