The Caribbean is suffering from crippling government debt, endemic crime and a middle-class brain drain that have contributed to an economic meltdown of alarming proportions.
With the US becoming an absentee superpower in the Caribbean, the Chinese are moving in.
Struggling island nations of the Caribbean have petitioned for debt relief. Jamaica’s crisis is the deepest.
An economic crisis hits the Caribbean.
Peter Phillips, Jamaica's finance minister, discusses the recent economic adjustment program with Pulitzer Center grantee and Financial Times correspondent Robin Wigglesworth.
Jamaica's economy has been stagnant for three years and was forced to restructure itself for the second time in three years. Many other Caribbean countries are also suffering.
Opposition campaigns for vote of no-confidence in the finance minister.
Thanks to a long-standing campaign against Jamaica's traffic, attitudes towards road safety are improving. However, accidents still happen due to alcohol, drugs, and mobile phones.
The world's roads are still a place of carnage, with hair-raising instances of risky practices, unenforced laws and shoddy data. This quick survey of country facts also shows that progress is real.
The effort to decriminalize the anti-sodomy law in Belize faces organized resistance from religious groups.
As the world absorbs the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark rulings on gay rights Jamaican activists fight their own battle, challenging anti-sodomy laws and homophobia.
Listen to Micah Fink on the making of The Abominable Crime.
HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, a multimedia reporting project by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to explore the issues of stigma, discrimination and HIV/AIDS across disciplines that encompass public health policy, journalism, interactive web design, education, music and poetry.
When: Monday, September 22, 2008, 6 PM to 8 PM
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
Washington , DC 20009
Poet Kwame Dawes and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting introduce HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, a multimedia exploration of the epidemic's human face.
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting projects received an Honorable Mention and two Notable Entries in the annual Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.
The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism spotlight news and information providers who offer more than multimedia journalism. The awards honor novel efforts that seize and create opportunities to involve citizens in public issues and supply entry points that invite their participation or spark their imagination.
The National Press Foundation recently awarded the Palm Beach Post's Antigone Barton a fellowship to attend the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City from August 3 to August 8.
Barton, who reported on Heroes of HIV: HIV in the Caribbean for the Pulitzer Center, is among 60 NPF fellows attending the conference and its Journalist to Journalist HIV/AIDS Training session, which will train reporters on the ethical implications and requirements of HIV/AIDS reporting.
"House Call in Hell," a video examining overcrowding, poor sanitation and disease in Haiti's National Penitentiary, has been selected as one of the five short documentaries from the online Current Rocks SilverDocs contest to be screened at the 2008 SilverDocs Film Festival, hosted by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel.
The annual documentary festival honors excellence in international filmmaking and will be held at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, from June 16-23.
"Positive Outlook," a Pulitzer Center-commissioned video that follows one HIV+ campaign speaker as she tries to stamp out the stigma of the disease, aired on DePauw University's The World is Talking television program. The program aired on April 14, 2008.
Another Pulitzer Center-commissioned video, "Talking HIV in Jamaica," will air on the next The World is Talking program.
John Lundberg, the poetry columnist for the Huffington Post, featured a terrific review of Kwame's poetry and the interactive site created for Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica.
LiveHopeLove.com poet Kwame Dawes was recently awarded the National AIDS Committee Jamaica Leadership Award for his work with LiveHopeLove.com. The award, presented by the National AIDS Committee Jamaica commemorates leadership, excellence, and dedication to the field of HIV and AIDS in Jamaica. The award will be presented on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009.
The Pulitzer Center's interactive website LiveHopeLove.com was chosen as Adobe's Site of the Day for April 5, 2008. The site, designed by bluecadet Interactive, is part of the Pulitzer Center's multimedia reporting project "Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica."
This Saturday, December 1, is World AIDS Day, a moment each year for special focus on the epidemic. Two hours away from American shores people face this epidemic daily. The Dominican Republic and Haiti boast the highest rates in this hemisphere of the virus that leads to AIDS. And it is a story that has been overlooked in the American mainstream media.