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The need for a comprehensive crime/policing plan

Security is a public good to be delivered by the State through its agents and institutions. It provides the means, active and passive, which serve to protect and preserve an environment that allows for the conduct of activities within the organisation or society without disruption (Post and... Read More

'Trust in God, but tie your camel'
I don't wish to sound too pessimistic, but the world is indeed heading towards another world war. The recent conflict between the US and Iran nearly triggered it. The situation is dormant for the time being, but there are tens of other conflicts and any one of those could trigger the...... Read More

A welcome Port Royal buzz
Finally, after decades of talk, we welcomed passengers on the cruise ship Marella Discovery 2, who disembarked smoothly on the Seawalk floating pier which allowed them access to our historic town of Port Royal without damaging the ecosystem in that area of the Kingston...... Read More

Be wary of those visiting with gifts ...or seeking to divide
In a little over a 20-month period our country Jamaica has played host to two successive US secretaries of state, namely former head of multinational Exxon oil company Rex Tillerson and just last week rolled out the red carpet for his successor and former head of the US's Central...... Read More

Sooner than later, Holness!

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, January, 26 2020    

It is the tasty soup that draws the table closer. — Ewe proverb, Ghana  Read More

Only Caricom countries can divide Caricom

Sir Ronald SANDERS | Sunday, January, 26 2020    

The meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the foreign ministers of seven Caribbean countries gave rise to many questions. But the US seeking to “divide Caricom” should not be one of them. External forces can try as they wish to divide the members of the... Read More

Pitkin shot it, Holness hit it, Mottley missed it!

Sunday, January, 26 2020    

What we say is important… for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. — Jim Beggs  Read More

Getting unstuck

Sunday, January, 26 2020    

The following is a lightly edited version of the speaking points of the presentation by Dr Peter Phillips, leader of the Opposition, to the Jamaica Stock Exchange 1st Regional Investment and Capital Market Conference on January 23, 2020:  Read More

How we answered anarchy

Jason McKay | Sunday, January, 26 2020    

Last week I wrote of decisions that led to our murder crisis of 2019. This week I think it is prudent to look at how we, as a nation, responded to threats and changes that occurred in our crime environment in our recent history and how effective those responses... Read More

Starting some engines that have been asleep for years

James Moss-Solomon | Sunday, January, 26 2020    

As 2020 rolls on, my success rate is still low, but I am happy to report one success that could boost our expectations for a much-improved year and timely responses. Read More

The PNP agenda and the case of two constituencies

Paul BUCHANAN | Sunday, January, 26 2020    

With monstrous pillage of the public purse coming fast, our dollar dying, and the morning news littered with stories of blood of the gunman's murder of a potential witness or an innocent child, an abused old lady or some hapless soul, too many Comrades believe their... Read More

'Big Massa passin' thru'

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, January, 24 2020    

WHILE on the road on Wednesday afternoon in my little car, I had to squeeze up to one side as diplomatic vehicles and police escorts blazed along South Camp Road towards New Kingston. Read More

Patriachy, religion, and Ja's toxic masculinity

BY Carolyn Graham | Friday, January, 24 2020    

One of my master's dissertations looked at male victims of domestic abuse. Its focus was Jamaican men. It was a qualitative study that explored, through in-depth interviews, the experiences of men who suffered abuse at the hands of their female spouses. As I recall, the literature had no... Read More

Are the roots of lottery scamming in our culture?

Donna P Hope | Thursday, January, 23 2020    

The first time I ever came in contact with any form of scamming was during one of my infrequent trips to New York, USA, in the early 1990s. Some of my friends had migrated — or run off — to the US and were figuring out their immigration status while hustling away in Brooklyn... Read More

Pompeo came to pump up votes for OAS puppet Almagro

Thursday, January, 23 2020    

Mike Pompeo, current United States secretary of state and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, made a two-day working visit to Jamaica this week to pump up votes for the re-election of Luis Almagro as general secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS) on March... Read More


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