“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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I am sharing below a blog post from one of my favorite Jamaican tweeters. I edited it slightly as I was unable to re-blog it properly (I wish everyone was on WordPress!) @MizDurie responds to a remark by a leading local politician that those who comment on social media are irrelevant. Why? Because they are a) a minority  b) articulate and c) politically motivated. Our political leader prefers to work with the inarticulate majority of “ordinary Jamaicans” that shout at political meetings and vote blindly, without thinking about the issues. THEY are politically motivated of course – for the correct political party.

I joined three other tweeters on local radio this morning to discuss this with broadcast journalist Cliff Hughes. We agreed that we are not about to shut up, any time soon. We noted the inter-connectedness of social media, the rapidly increasing participation of more and more Jamaicans (everyone has…

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Muhammad, Jesus and Moses (peace be upon all of them) are three men who preached a common message. “WORSHIP ONE TRUE ALLAH ” !




Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.

The Noble Qur’an ~ Surat An-Nisa’ [4:36]

Say, “We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.

The Noble Qur’an ~ Surat ‘Ali `Imran [3:84]


Ve Allah’a ibâdet edin, hem O’na hiçbir şeyi ortak koşmayın; sonra ana-babaya, akrabâya, yetimlere, yoksullara, yakın komşuya, uzak komşuya, yakın arkadaşa, yolda kalmışa ve ellerinizin altında bulunan (kölelere ve…

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A Peaceful Protest Today – Please Spread the Word

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Here’s a message (from a woman I have had the honor of working with in women’s leadership training with WMW Jamaica) shared widely on social media, regarding a peaceful protest this afternoon in Kingston. My apologies for posting it so late. As my last blog post noted, let’s stand  up and be counted!

Friends Jamaicans. I’ve listened to enough to know its a pretty bleak future if changes are not made about how we make decisions about Jamaica’s resources. Its time that we earned a bit of self-respect as a people. No fight, no quarrel. I am inviting all of us who think this country is of worth and value to join me and other like-minded Jamaicans TOMORROW 4:00-5:30pm at the corner of Knutsford Blvd and Oxford Road to let our leaders know that the Board of the NHT needs to be dissolved and proper governance structures be put…

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Same firm, new house: Mexico leader’s conflict-of-interest storm grows | Reuters

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faced fresh questions on Wednesday about his dealings with a company at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal, after it emerged that he enjoyed rent-free use of a house belonging to the firm as a campaign office.

Already under pressure over the government’s handling of the presumed massacre of 43 students abducted by corrupt police in southwestern Mexico in September, Pena Nieto is facing his most difficult period since taking office two years ago.

On Nov. 3, the government announced a Chinese-led consortium had won a no bid contract to build a $3.75 billion high-speed rail link in central Mexico.


Three days later, the government abruptly canceled the deal, just before a report by news site Aristegui Noticias showed that a subsidiary of Grupo Higa, a company that formed part of the consortium and had won various previous contracts, owned the luxury house of first lady Angelica Rivera.

Under public pressure, Rivera said she would give up the house. But neither she nor Pena Nieto have addressed the apparent conflict of interest stemming from the government’s business with Grupo Higa.

via Same firm, new house: Mexico leader’s conflict-of-interest storm grows | Reuters.

Demanding justice for Ayotzinapa teachers

A student of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College is seen next to a bus blocking the road to Acapulco on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, during a protest in support of the 43 missing students on November 26, 2014. Following mass protests in Mexico over the apparent massacre of the 43 trainee teachers two months ago, the government will unveil measures this week designed to improve policing and fix a failing justice system, lawmakers said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Henry Romero

via Demanding justice for Ayotzinapa teachers.