By: Lina Marmolejo, Robert Pantzer and Arnaldo Posadas President Obama at El Reno prison facility, Oklahoma, Photo courtesy of the White House It was a first in US history: President Obama on July 16 visited the federal prison facility in El Reno, Oklahoma, a gesture sure to fuel talk over reforming the American justice system, especially for non-violent offenders facing … [Read more...] about And speaking of prisons, a move to reform in the Caribbean
“Wah guan Jamaica!!” President Barack Obama exclaimed as he greeted a select group of youth leaders at the University of the West Indies on April 9th. The first sitting US President to visit Jamaica since 1982 is as usual a master in charming the masses. His address at a youth forum was a part of an official working visit to the island. Nevertheless, contrary to the … [Read more...] about Obama visits Jamaica – Obamania
On February 6, music fans around the world will celebrate what would have been the 70th birthday of reggae superstar Bob Marley. Although he was felled by cancer more than three decades ago, his legacy highlights pop culture’s impact on national identities and even on economies, says Jamaican radio host and culture critic Dermot Hussey, co-author of Bob Marley: Reggae King of … [Read more...] about Reggaenomics: Bob Marley’s legacy on Jamaica’s creative economy
What do Bob Marley and climate change have in common? Never would I have thought there might be a connection between Bob Marley and climate change. “It’s all about ‘One Love,’” repeated the Honorable Minister Ian Hayles of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, when he opened the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Partnership Forum in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Obviously the … [Read more...] about Climate finance and Climate Investment Funds
The State of Statistics in the Caribbean http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4afwHDCR70 In an increasingly globalized and information-thirsty world, getting the Caribbean name known will depend on good data. We all know of the great Caribbean stars: Usain Bolt is ‘the fastest man in the world’, and Bob Marley is ‘one of the greatest lyricists ever’. These opinions … [Read more...] about Known Unknowns or Unknown Unknowns?