It's all about power; who has it, and who does not

Omar Davies, Paul Burke, Robert Pickersgill,
Portia Simpson Miller, Noel Arscott ,Arnold Bertram

Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers. -- James F Byrnes THE postponement of the local government election is no surprise to me. In an article on December 28, 2014 I wrote that sources in the PNP made it clear ... Read More

HARRISON ... accused of speaking loosely and not doing proper analysis. The contractor general is irresponsible, insensitive, mischievous
In his 2013 report to Parliament, Mr Dirk Harrison, the contractor general, made certain statements, ... Read More

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — The word ‘racism’ is painted next to a statue
memorialising the Confederacy as it's taped off and the base covered by a tarp
after police said someone spray-painted the message ‘Black Lives Matter’ on
Sunday, June 21, 2015. The vandalism comes several days after a shooting at a
historic black church. The pedestal's permanent inscription is ‘To the
Confederate Defenders of Charleston’. (PHOTO: AP) Beyond Charleston: 7 steps forward
THEY were our best, the pride of our country: The Charleston nine. They were college graduates, memb ... Read More

None but ourselves
can ‘free’ the weed None but ourselves can 'free' the weed
WITH the announcement — and then postponement — of the Ewarton Rastafarian Community/St ... Read More

Women's voices: Our children matter

MICHELLE BERNARD | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

The following is an edited version of remarks delivered by Michelle Bernard before the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston on the occasion of their 25th anniversary last month at the Jamaica Pegasus: I want to thank the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Jamaica not only for this extraordinary opportunity to speak to you today as we celebrate the club's 25th anniversary, but also, for bringing me back home to Jamaica. It's been nine, almost 10 very long years since I was last here. As my flight landed at i ... Read More

Is President Obama on the brink of greatness?

TONY MILES | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Outgoing US President Barack Obama

Ever since the beginning of time a few human beings have stood out, possessing outstanding characteristics outdoing the rest of us. By compulsion we place them in a special category reserved for their kind. Put in simple terms, we called them "great" -- those whose designated abilities are not easily replicated. In 1961 one such person, Barack Obama, was born. As if divinely orchestrated, he is of mixed racial parents -- a black father and a white mother -- at a time in the United States when b ... Read More

Same-sex marriage is official in the US

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Saturday, July 04, 2015    

The justices of the United States Supreme Court: (front row, from left) Justice Clarence Thomas,
Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G Roberts, Justice Anthony M Kennedy, Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg; and (back row, from left) Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Stephen G Breyer,
Justice Samuel Alito Jr, Justice Elena Kagan

By a five-four vote the US Supreme Court upheld marriage equality in all 50 states making up the United States of America. The Court affirms, "The right to marry is fundamental." Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, wrote among other salient points that: "They [gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law." Relying on the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, Kennedy continued, "Under the 14th Amendment's protections, couples of the same sex may not be deprived of that right and that libe ... Read More

The Commonwealth's future — Part 2

RONALD SANDERS | Saturday, July 04, 2015    

In 2009, recognising the dangers to the grouping, Commonwealth heads of government, at their meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, instructed that an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) be established to inquire into the association and provide a report to their 2011 meeting in Australia. I was a member of the Group and its rapporteur. Chaired by a former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdullah Badawi, and including experienced and knowledgeable people from Britain, Canada, Uganda, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, ... Read More

Dry-weather house

LANCE NEITA | Saturday, July 04, 2015    

Dry-weather house

Alarming reports from the Meteorological Office and the water authority last week indicate that that we are in for a long, hot season ahead. The predictions are dire as we are not likely to see enough rain or replenishment to meet our normal needs up to the end of the year. This is highly unusual. Such reports normally give us a time frame of perhaps two or three months at the most before we get the rains. Now we are being told that it's not just the heavenly showers. Water sources, river head ... Read More

A house, my kingdom for a house!

Franklin JOHNSTON | Friday, July 03, 2015    

The late

People build houses every day; large ones, small ones, all sorts, but can electoral fortunes be decided by a house? The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) may be wondering whether a house is an asset or a liability -- timing is key. Single events as a Trojan horse decide politics; as Greece drowns in debt Ekali. Athens has opulent houses with marble driveways but not "in your face" -- the masses will riot. Granny says, "There is a time to build, but if you build your kraal on a hill at election time th ... Read More

New roads: Is that enough?

Barbara GLOUDON | Friday, July 03, 2015    

It’s nice to have new roads to make travel to ‘country’ easier, but does that mean that some
accommodation cannot be made for the past? What of the distinctive features of the area?

WHEN last have you ventured out from Kingston into what some of us call "country"? Some people -- like me -- still revere that part of our environment which we associate with peace and tranquility, the memory of simpler times which we naively assumed would always be there. Time continues to change and change at a brutal pace. Worse of all, the wicked have found their way into country; defacing and disrespecting the environment as they go along. Despite our moaning and decrying, much is being d ... Read More

A matter of perspective

Dexter Wharton | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

The US Supreme Court just recently confirmed the
legality of same-sex marriage in that country.

You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time. — John Lydgate There are many Jamaicans displeased with the recent US Supreme Court ruling concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriages in the United States. And I am not speaking about Jamaicans residing in the United States alone. Jamaicans from every walk of life, from yard and abroad, have been sharing opinions on the m ... Read More

'The periphery fights back'

Michael BURKE | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

In this year, so far, there have been more race riots in the United States of America than there have been for decades. This includes the sporadic shooting in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Apart from being reminiscent of the southern USA in the 1950s and 1960s, it reminds me of the title of a chapter in Michael Manley's Book Struggle in the periphery. And that chapter is called 'The periphery fights back'. One definition of periphery is "the outer limits ... Read More

Whither Minister Hylton after the logistics hub fiasco?

Richard Blackford | Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Industry and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton.

The proposed logistics hub has, over the past months, occupied a huge proportion of media time in Jamaica and the Diaspora, and with good reason. According to the market intelligence report posted on "The construction of a platform to convert Jamaica into a global logistics hub is a cornerstone of the country's long-term growth strategy. Jamaica's location, with relation to east/west and north/south trade routes, positions it to leverage the expansion of the Panama Ca ... Read More



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