Jamaican Girls Who Have Lost Their Accents

Kristina Martin* is an exceptionally pretty girl with long, dark, curly hair, huge brown eyes, and sun-bronzed skin. She has just finished her final year at university and has returned to her island home of Jamaica. Sipping a beer at a bar overlooking the city harbour, Jamaica’s lush green mountains towering behind her, Kristina is…

Know Your Enemy

In the continuous struggle against gender based oppression, the media likes to present a black and white version of a story. It is far simpler, not to mention more comforting, when we can label good and evil and pit set heroes against set villains. Yet reality is far more complicated than the two warring camps of the enlightened…

The Truth about Ending Poverty

Over the past two decades, sweeping statements about our ability to end poverty have been common. Lyndon Johnson declared it in 1964. Thabo Mbeki in 2002. Tony Blair in 2005. More recently, Obama and U2 frontman Bono have attempted to inspire action by reiterating our capacity to make an impact and in April press conference,…