What it means to be homeless and LGBT in Jamaica: Solutions(?) from two wandering minds

The displacement of persons is a problem common to many countries of the world including developed nations such as Canada, France, the UK and the US. In 2005 the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing - Miloon Kothari – reported that over 100 million people were homeless worldwide.  As a small island developing state Jamaica suffers … Continue reading What it means to be homeless and LGBT in Jamaica: Solutions(?) from two wandering minds

In search of a new opium of society: Human rights

Karl Marx in his deliberations on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right opines: "Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes", that is, “religion is the opium of the people”; one hundred and sixty-nine years later Marx’s position remains the “spiritual aroma” of the society. In many nations across the globe such as Afghanistan, Jamaica and the … Continue reading In search of a new opium of society: Human rights

The Beauty and Beast of Advocacy

Interest groups or lobby groups are essential to human, social and economic development.  Oftentimes they are the informed voices of reason, diplomacy and change. Developed nations tend to have more powerful lobby groups than do developing nations, especially smaller states. Regardless of country, interest groups typically have one goal - to make the state more amenable to their … Continue reading The Beauty and Beast of Advocacy

I want a JAMAICA PRIDE: Lessons from the land of the people who speak Sesotho

 Some heterosexuals, especially anti-gay ‘first class’ citizens across the world tend to question the need for a day of PRIDE. They fail to appreciate the nuances of not being able to always publicly celebrate our queer sexuality. Having at least ONE day in which we can be free, happy and spiritually elevated in our sexuality … Continue reading I want a JAMAICA PRIDE: Lessons from the land of the people who speak Sesotho