The Dudus Chronicles by Hubert Neal, Jr.

The dudus chronicles shows a foreigner’s perspective on an incident that threatens to be a nine-day wonder and quickly forgotten by Jamaicans. The show chronicles such moments from the soldiers moving into Tivoli Gardens to Dudus allegedly peeing himself.

Why is Dudus called Dudus?

Ambassador Dudley Thompson in African-style shirt Why is Dudus called Dudus? And what is the right way to pronounce his name? Unfortunately the answers to these questions are to be found in the New York Post rather than any organ of the Jamaican media. People in the know here, or people with a working knowledge … Continue reading “Why is Dudus called Dudus?”

Crying out for Peace in Jamaica: The Extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke

Christopher “Dudus” Coke arrives in New York to face drug trafficking charges on Thursday June 24, 2010. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano) In Jamaica farce, intrigue and tragedy remain inextricably intertwined. The fugitive don, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, on the run since May 24th, is finally in the United States where he arrived earlier this evening (see … Continue reading “Crying out for Peace in Jamaica: The Extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke”

Sister Dudus Coke: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly….

Clovis, Jamaica Observer, June 23, 2010 “Have you caught that guy yet?” was a question frequently thrown at me in recent weeks by friends and family abroad who remembered hearing about Jamaica’s elusive don, Christopher “Dudus” Coke in the international media coverage that followed the deadly raid on his citadel in Kingston which left 74 … Continue reading “Sister Dudus Coke: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly….”

Soldiers and Police in The Hunt for Dudus

Photos above by Hubert Neal Jr. A frequently heard comment in the wake of the May 23rd assault by Jamaican security forces on Tivoli Gardens is that Jamaica Defence Force soldiers are far more civil and easy to trust than the police. The latter stand accused of shooting to kill without any consideration for whether … Continue reading “Soldiers and Police in The Hunt for Dudus”

Desperately Seeking Dudus 2: The Person behind the Persona

Las May, The Gleaner On May 8 I had occasion to talk to Tom Tavares-Finson, Chris Dudus Coke’s erstwhile lawyer (who stepped down as part of his defence team on May 18, citing conflict of interest) at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Can you talk about Dudus I asked, unable to resist my reporter’s instincts. … Continue reading “Desperately Seeking Dudus 2: The Person behind the Persona”

Desperately Seeking Dudus…Letters from the Dead

“They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel.” Dudus is far from being the Scarlet Pimpernel but the Jamaican armed forces are certainly busy seeking the mild-mannered Christopher Coke in every nook and cranny of the country. … Continue reading “Desperately Seeking Dudus…Letters from the Dead”

Headley you win, Dudus you lose…A Tale of Two Extraditions

Las May, The Gleaner, Mar 19, 2010 Remember what the donkey said?: the worl nuh level. Translation: There’s no level playing field. While the Jamaican government is catching hell from all sides for not surrendering to the US’s request to extradite Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on various charges, the most serious of which seems to be … Continue reading “Headley you win, Dudus you lose…A Tale of Two Extraditions”