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Stories about Jamaica

4 September 2015

Why Some Consider ‘Brand Jamaica’ a Problematic Idea

"It’s a matter of some irony that despite this history of inhumane servitude...Jamaica would develop in the 21st century into a country that fetishizes brands and branding."

22 August 2015

Tourism Poster That Put Jamaica on the Map Gets New Life

What is perhaps the most famous travel poster in world history got a new wave of attention thanks to a recreation by American musician Alicia Keys.

11 August 2015

Jamaicans Stage Milestone LGBT Pride Celebration

Arguably one of the most homophobic countries in the world, Jamaica has staged its first ever—and incident-free—LGBT pride celebrations.

14 April 2015

President Obama's Visit to Jamaica Wasn't All ‘Irie’

Some Jamaicans weren't so keen to see authorities falling over themselves to make Jamaica Obama-ready.

8 March 2015

Jamaica's Marijuana Decriminalisation: Will the Rest of the Caribbean Follow Suit?

Jamaica has finally 'freed up the herb', prompting Caribbean netizens to debate which other states in the region might soon 'pass the dutchie'.

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.

8 October 2014

Jamaicans Are Now So Familiar with Chikungunya Virus They're Calling It Chik-V

The country's health ministry has faced criticism for its handling of an outbreak of Chikungunya, a virus spread by mosquitoes that causes high fever and severe joint pain.

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.

4 September 2014

The ‘Nuh Guh Deh’ Campaign Wants to Make Jamaica a Place Where Sexual Abuse of Girls Is Never Okay

Some Jamaicans, especially men, think it's acceptable for girls to be sexually initiated at a young age. The campaign will coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child.

22 August 2014

Arrests Made in Man's Fatal Beating Have Not Renewed Faith in Jamaica's Police

The case has continued to fuel protests and discussions in Jamaica, which has a history of police brutality and other similar forms of violence.

20 August 2014

Do You Have to Be Christian to Be Jamaican?

A Jamaican politician has sparked debate over his comments that "the country has moved too far from God, and has ceased pleasing God."

Lessons from Marcus Garvey, Jamaica's First National Hero

Marcus Garvey, who was born 127 years ago, was a fervent supporter of Pan-Africanism. On the anniversary of his birthday, two bloggers commemorated the leader.

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