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Opinion polls continue to show Andrew Holness as a popular political figure. In the business of politics being liked or likeable and being popular are distinct assets to the extent that voters' decisions are informed by how much they like. So, where the popularity contest is concerned,... Read More

Rout corruption!
Another Emancipation and Independence celebration, commemorating 186 years and 58 years, respectively: Happy Anniversary Celebration...really!... Read More

The judiciary can no longer remain mute The judiciary can no longer remain mute
Recently, the Jamaican Bar Association found it necessary to remind all attorneys-at-law of the need to abide by the canons of the profession maintaining the dignity of the courts and the integrity of the administration of justice. This reminder was precipitated by certain statements...... Read More

Owen Arthur — a full Jamaican, who happened to have been born in Barbados
News of the passing of the former Barbadian Prime Minister Owen Arthur has prompted an outpouring of tributes, particularly with regard to his multifaceted contributions to the strengthening of Caribbean integration and regionalism. His body of work, by which he sought...... Read More

Hope in these testing times

Monday, August, 3 2020    

As we celebrate Emancipation and Independence in this semi-lockdown, there is a ramping up of political campaigning and purity testing by both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP). It is important to ensure that good governance is in... Read More

The old-school trap PM Holness fell into on Manley

Horace Bartilow | Monday, August, 3 2020    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness unwittingly fell into an old-school trap when he recently blamed the Michael Manley Administration's “misadventure” for wasting Jamaica's post-Independence gains made by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administrations of the... Read More

186 years later... The focus should be reparation

RALPH GONSALVES | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

The following is written on the occasion of the 186th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the Caricom member countries which had been colonised by Britain:  Read More

Advancing the legacy

Howard Gregory | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

The cycle of human life and history is characterised by various times and seasons, marked by changes in the flow of the solar system, weather, celebrations, and observances of varying personal or social significance. In recent times I have been led to... Read More

Facing reality: COVID-19, Manley, elections

GARFIELD HiGgins | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

When a lion eats a bad person and it is not killed, next it will eat a good person. — Madi proverb, Uganda/South Sudan Read More

One cut after the other Climate change killing the Caribbean

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

Amid the feverish work to cope with both the public health and economic effects of COVID-19 on their populations, Caribbean governments can be forgiven for dropping their guard against the existential dangers posed by climate change. But their guard must be raised... Read More

'This is the Negroes' Jubilee'

Lance Neita | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

Emancipation Day is rightly celebrated as one of the most important anniversaries for Jamaicans. Sadly, this year's was not our traditional “Augus'1 jubilee style” commemoration. Last year this time celebrators had settled into their north... Read More

Promising COVID-19 treatments and vaccines; light at end of the tunnel

Dr Paul Edwards & Dr Ernest Madu | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

With the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the subsequent COVID-19 disease epidemic, measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand washing have been effective in halting/slowing virus spread. In contrast to many other infectious agents, we have not had drug therapy to... Read More

Taking corruption to another level

K Churchill Neita | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

THE present wave of corruption in public office is unprecedented in modern Jamaica. However, corruption is not new to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Read More

Greatness is not generic

Jason McKay | Sunday, August, 2 2020    

I was blessed as a young man in my 20s to work with many of Jamaica's greatest attorneys in the capacities of a forensic reconstruction expert and trial investigator. Read More

Together, you can redeem the soul of our nation

John Lewis | Friday, July, 31 2020    

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people, motivated... Read More


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