The climate talks in Paris will fail!


AS expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, starting November 30, 2015, which could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to two degrees Celsius, I would like to explain why these expectations are misplac ... Read More

It was a classic "hullo" from the PNP archive
The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founde ... Read More

DALLEY... has a big task on his hands
as the new health minister.
O’MEALLY-NELSON...We are a nation
of complainers Let's talk about our health care problem — a party politics problem
This past week saw the publication of two contrasting articles on the pages of our leading newspaper ... Read More

A Jamaican Christmas is incomplete without ham, chicken, rice and peas,
drinks, decorations, and toys. A chicken in every pot for Christmas
WITH the election speculation now put to rest, we are able to concentrate our minds more firmly on w ... Read More

PNP succumbs to its own misalignment of message, purpose, process and plans

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

The ‘postponement’ of the general election has triggered all sorts of political spelling and guessing, assumptions, explanations,
and prognostications, but none as great as the unusual and sudden chasm of incongruence between rational thinking and
application of common sense.

THERE has been something quite odd about reactions from some political pundits and self-acclaimed political analysts to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's recently announced plans to delay calling a general election until after the upcoming Christmas holidays, and certainly not before the publication of the new voters' list on November 30, 2015. Understandably, the announcement has triggered all sorts of political "spelling and guessing", assumptions, explanations, and prognostications, but ... Read More

The Democrats' obstacles en route to the White House

TONY MILES | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

CLINTON... unless by divine
intervention, should be the nominee

ACCURATELY predicting the outcome of an election fraught with multiple unpredictabilities, 300-odd days away, could be as difficult as catching flies during a desert sandstorm. But engaging in analysis, with no unforeseen circumstances intervening, is definitely achievable. However, one must accept the following: voting trends, voter apathy, mood of the electorate, level of competition, candidates' perceived knowledge of the issues based on voters' expectations, the incumbency factor. One must t ... Read More

How America gets hijacked from within

TARIQ A AL MAEENA | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

EARLIER this month, author Glenn Greenwald disclosed a series of e-mail from a pro-Hillary Clinton think tank that highlighted the censorship of their staff members on issues related to Israel. Writing for The Intercept, Greenwald reveals how the Center for American Progress (CAP), a powerful Democratic group, goes to great lengths to appease the Zionist lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other notable pro-Zionist Americans. He provides examples of how the staff at ... Read More

Challenges of a new kinda world

Barbara GLOUDON | Friday, November 27, 2015    

The world now knows of the terrorists who try to proselytise young people into
adopting the new beliefs based on theology far more dangerous than anything
seen before. As a society, we can well do with more discussion whether we are
preparing to understand a new and dangerous world.

ANOTHER French friend of mine, reflecting on recent events, shared with me her understanding of the why and wherefore young people, not only in France, but other sections of Europe and elsewhere, can be lured into becoming messengers of death and destruction. Speaking from knowledge of the society in which she lived for many years before coming here, my friend shared knowledge of the 1960s in France, a time when youth were lured by leftist propaganda, built on Marxism and/or Maoism. Today, a ne ... Read More

Whom do you trust more?

Franklin JOHNSTON | Friday, November 27, 2015    

Who do you trust with the economy, Audley Shaw(left) or Peter Phillips?

Some say the unannounced election date has been twice postponed. Quite amazing for a secret only one person knows, and peeps say there was a third. The first unknown date was the leader's birth date; then that of the late "maximum leader"; then the 13th, my own date. I missed fame by a whisker — rats! Peeps say the 'Holness Model' is not viable, as faiths which do not respect Christmas may be unelectable. Harsh but logical as they also say America will not see a Jewish or Adventist presid ... Read More

Time Jamaicans think logically

Michael BURKE | Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Today, political parties need not convince the electorate if they are best organised to get its supporters on the voters’ list and to get them to vote on election day.

SO the general election will not be held this year. However, it is a pity that in Jamaica politics is really a game. The two major political parties pack the voters' lists with their own supporters in an exercise that is referred to as canvassing. The party workers then get those 'canvassed' to vote on election day, along party lines, instead of making up their own minds independently on the issues. Because of this, politicians need not be logical and consistent in their campaigning. And, becau ... Read More

Islam: Why should I care?

Clinton CHISHOLM | Thursday, November 26, 2015    

A screenshot of a YouTube
which showed the beheading
of American journalist James
Foley by ISIS. Other such
videos have also emerged.

TUESDAY, August 19, 2014 a video on YouTube showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS. Steven Sotloff, another American journalist, was also beheaded by ISIS, confirmation of which came the morning of September 3, 2014. Each man had been held for upwards of a year. Numerous people in different parts of the world, especially in Africa, have been brutally killed by assorted groups claiming allegiance to Islam. The very recent atrocities in France have fuelled the puzzlement ... Read More

Buckley missed the mark

Kamina JOHNSON | Thursday, November 26, 2015    

The minister of
education stated that
auxiliary fees were
mandatory, but then said
that children should not be
refused entry to schools
— a mixed message

THE statement of Byron Buckley, the head of public relations for the Ministry of Education, published by the Observer on Monday, November 23, 2015 was fascinating. In summary, despite its headline, the statement confirmed some of what was stated in my article, and simply didn't address other elements. In fact, it leaves one fundamental question to be asked: On what was I wrong? That seemed to have been left out. Given the importance of the issues -- children's access to school and funding -- a ... Read More

ISIS — A growing global threat

Raulston NEMBHARD | Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

SINCE the dawn of the 21st century, the entire world has been exposed to a frightening level of violence not seen towards the end of the 20th. There is no doubt that the 20th century was a bloody century culminating in World War II (WWII). Since that war, there have been flare-ups around the world, such as the genocide in the former Yugoslavia and the ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, but there has not been any that amounted to a real global threat. With the terror attack on America on September 11, ... Read More

IDEVAW message from The Institute for Gender & Development Studies, University of the West Indies

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

The main gates to the UWI Mona campus on Mona Road (file photo)

Today the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) joins the international community in the observance of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). Declared as an International Day of Observance by the United Nations in 1999, IDEVAW commemorates the November 25, 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, who bravely challenged systemic violence in the Dominican Republic. November 25 also launches 16 Days of Activism, which culminates on Inter ... Read More



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