A watershed week for Jamaica

(L) Dr Alfred Dawes
(R) Marcia Forbes

Let us remember last week as a turning point in Jamaica's history. The events that unfolded started on the weekend, when Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced that there would be no general election this year. This was a humbling moment for the ruling party; commentators offered that they w ... Read More

Government right-sizing Government right-sizing
The announcement by the Ministry of Finance about reducing staff numbers should not be a surprise to ... Read More

Why can’t we take
out these bastards? Why can't we take out these bastards?
In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Kenya, CNN Senior White House Corre ... Read More

climate-change-agenda The climate talks in Paris will fail!
AS expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate change confer ... Read More

It was a classic "hullo" from the PNP archive

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. -- Charles-Louis De Secondat Most Jamaicans know the meaning of the word "hullo". For the few who don't, "hullo" refers to a convenient and/or false explanation given especially to the unsuspecting. The "hullo" -- thought to be from the English word hollow; just a shell, no substance -- is generously used in our politics as a defence mechanism to shield embarrassment. It is a crutch for inadeq ... Read More

Let's talk about our health care problem — a party politics problem

RICHARD BLACKFORD | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

DALLEY... has a big task on his hands
as the new health minister.
O’MEALLY-NELSON...We are a nation
of complainers

This past week saw the publication of two contrasting articles on the pages of our leading newspapers regarding the health care issues affecting Jamaica and Jamaicans. Ironically, an issue that is as important as this ought to have engaged more Jamaicans and, in the process, generate a more comprehensive discussion on an issue that affects the lives of the majority of Jamaicans. Instead, the issue now feels like an ill-fitting shoe being worn in the long dance of our political "silly season", wh ... Read More

A chicken in every pot for Christmas

LANCE NEITA | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

A Jamaican Christmas is incomplete without ham, chicken, rice and peas,
drinks, decorations, and toys.

WITH the election speculation now put to rest, we are able to concentrate our minds more firmly on what to do about Christmas this year. The political tension has waned and there is less to squabble about. Just think, if elections had been called, for argument's sake, in mid-December, what would we be arguing about today? But with those arguments out of the way, Christmas can now move nicely to the top of the polls as the subject of the day. This would not be the first time that Christmas would ... 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



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