It’s about time…

There are quite a few Caribbean people who may want to eviscerate me for this, but I am delighted that international corporations, rights groups, and others are putting pressure on conservative and regressive Caribbean governments (Jamaica and St Kitts for the moment) on human rights and animal abuses. If we want to play the capitalist game, there are capitalist consequences when those who’ve got more … Continue reading It’s about time…

Love after love | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 Painting the Spectrum: A Celebration of Love It takes a fair amount of courage to put on a film festival in the Caribbean. Resources are often limited in terms of funding, venues, and sourcing Caribbean-oriented material. Nevertheless, in the last few years, festivals have emerged in several Caribbean nations, including Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St … Continue reading Love after love | Caribbean Beat

Dolphin, not mahi-mahi

It’s traditional in the Christian/Catholic Lenten season after Carnival that fish often replaces red and other meat in the Trinbagonian diet. This often sends the price of fish up, and sometimes puts a strain on fisherman and the islands’ marine resources to keep up with the demand. For a number of environmental and ecological reasons, however, the supply of fresh fish has been less than … Continue reading Dolphin, not mahi-mahi

Whose country? The Caribbean & crime

The Economist reported this week that the Caribbean region is – according to the BBC report – the “world leader in violent crime.” And I wish to the heavens I fully understood why. So many factors – an increasing gap between rich and poor; corrupt governments, judiciaries, and police services; the drug and illegal arms trade (I won’t even contemplate the human trafficking or sex … Continue reading Whose country? The Caribbean & crime