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Marcus, Martin, and Minneapolis: This is our cause

Martin Luther King Jr, when he felt he could not breathe, came to Jamaica. When the threats to his life were constant and closing in around his neck, he took this measure to maintain his life. His visits to Jamaica's north coast filled his lungs with the freer air of... Read More

Violating Rastafari
Over the past nine decades Rastafari have endured notable abuses at the hands of the colonial and post-colonial governments. They have also been significant players within the Jamaican pre- and post-Independence projects, advancing processes of decolonisation and the...... Read More

Charting the PNP's path to victory
With borders closed, there are worst places, I suppose, to hide from the perils of COVID-19 for eight weeks than some small, remote district in Jamaica's hinterland. Bereft of modern hi-tech gizmos, such as reliable Internet, cellphone coverage, or cable TV reception,...... Read More

Opening borders: The real test begins
Three cheers for our prime minister, Andrew Holness; our minister of finance, Nigel Clarke; our minister of health and wellness, Christopher Tufton; our chief medical officer, Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie; and those on the front line of the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

A day of reckoning for the USA on the race question

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 3 2020    

On Memorial Day 2020, when the American nation was remembering thousands of their fellow men and women who had died in various wars down through the years, a young black man by the name of George Floyd was detained by the police in Minneapolis. He had tendered a US$20... Read More

Is this a warm-up to the real fight?

Kahlil A Hutchinson | Wednesday, June, 3 2020    

The world is facing a global pandemic which has resulted in a global lockdown aimed at slowing the spread and flattening the curve. However, is this the only thing that the lockdown is doing? This approach has yielded many positives, as it has resulted in a decrease in... Read More

Exploring the lessons of COVID-19 — Part 3

Canute Thompson | Tuesday, June, 2 2020    

In my reflections on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic I have shared ideas on the psycho-spiritual implications, published on March 24. In that piece I called attention to the existential question of the fickleness and finiteness of human beings in the face of... Read More

If I live by the rules, I expect you to live by the rules too

Oneil Madden | Tuesday, June, 2 2020    

Growing up we would learn through social studies or civics education that “a society is a group of people with common interests who collaborate to achieve specific objectives in an organised manner”. We were often told that we should abide by the laws and... Read More

Salute the 'Caricom Three' for their sacrifice

Monday, June, 1 2020    

Here are three heroes of democracy in the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom): Cynthia Barrow-Giles (St Lucia/Barbados), John Jarvis (Antigua and Barbuda) and Sylvester King (St Vincent and the Grenadines). Their names must not be forgotten. Read More

Our wounded human family

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, June, 1 2020    

As one reporter put it, “You cannot 'unsee' ” the image of that brutal officer, with his knee on the neck of unarmed, handcuffed George Floyd; it is a sickening memory of US Memorial Day 2020 in Minneapolis. For nearly nine minutes the policeman stayed in that position, one... Read More

The deadly pandemic that young people can stop

Jarbas Barbosa | Monday, June, 1 2020    

Imagine a global epidemic that kills over 20 times as many people as COVID-19 has to date — every single year. Imagine its cause is not a virus but a consumer product sold legally around the world. Imagine the product's makers invest heavily to recruit new, mostly... Read More

Business unusual for BPOs in the COVID-19 aftermath

Gloria Henry | Monday, June, 1 2020    

While the world collectively prepares to reopen its doors and ports, business unusual is the new normal. Read More

Of expensive ignorance, claptrap and superstitions

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

You should keep your eye on your destination and not where you stumbled. — Yoruba proverb, Nigeria  Read More

Quality education and COVID-19

Greg-Louis Austin | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

Quality assurance in education can be a complex set of activities, including quality of applicants, quality of students, quality of academic delivery, quality of support systems, and quality of graduates. If simply examined from a system perspective we must consider the impact of our... Read More

Drastic change, faith and a future you believe in

Jason McKAY | Sunday, May, 31 2020    

In 1944 in a village in France called Oradour, 652 civilians were murdered by a German military unit in retaliation for the killing of a German soldier by the French resistance. Read More


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