The Two Escobars

14 Oct

The new documentary, The Two Escobars, is a unique examination of how drug cartels infiltrated, built up, and contributed to the downfall of Colombian professional soccer.


Saturday Links

11 Sep

* I love how the Salvadoran news website El Faro experiments with multimedia coverage on Central American stories. Lo que muere en El Espino takes on the issue of the threat to nature and biodiversity in a forest reserve in San Salvador due to the construction of a highway, told through striking images of the park and interviews with the photographer and reporter. Continue reading

Música: Abrázame/Hold Yuh

13 Aug

I’ve been spinning, sharing, and singing along (loudly) to Abrázame by Los Rakas since it dropped in May. Not only does it contain the elements of a flawless 2010 summer banger–with a mix of song and rap, male and female voices, and a minimalist dancehall riddim, but it connects the dots of my latest travels. Continue reading

Cellphone Records Police Kill Subdued Man

2 Aug

On Friday a murder suspect from St. Ann was killed by the Jamaican police. The Constabulary Communication Network issued a press release stating the man, Ian “Ching Sing” Lloyd, was shot after attacking officers. So far, routine news–something you read of in the papers every other day here.

In this case, though, the shooting happened in front of a crowd of onlookers, among whom was a citizen who captured it all on a cellphone video. Continue reading

Born Fi’ Dead, the Epilogue

28 Jun

I’d love to hear what writer Laurie Gunst has to say about the recent developments in Jamaica. Her 1996 book, Born Fi’ Dead, is the definitive narrative of the creation of  Kingston garrisons, posses, and dons, from their conception by political parties to their evolution as international trafficking rings. I was rereading it when Jamaica signed an extradition warrant for Christopher “Dudus” Coke in May, and Gunst’s prose is even more insightful in light of current events. Continue reading

‘Miss Milli’ Dies Before Attaining Justice

22 Jun

The mothcr of Janice Allen, a 13-year old who was killed by the police in 2000 and who became the face of extra-judicial killings in Jamaica,  died on Sunday at age 53. Her pursuit of justice for her daughter brought the case international attention and continued until the end.

Her legal battle, while protracted, frustrating, and littered with repeated injustices, set a precedent in fighting police abuse in Jamaica.

Obituary in The Observer.

Jamaicans for Justice Press Release.

2003 UK Guardian article on police abuse in Jamaica.

Identifying the Dead in Tivoli Gardens

10 Jun