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A graceful coup?

When independence was finally wrenched from Britain in April 1980, Zimbabwe was described as the “jewel of Africa” by Tanzania’s President Julius Nyerere.Thirty-seven years later, the country is in economic ruin. Its 93-year old leader, Robert Mugabe, has been... Read More

Principle, Dr Phillips, what principle?
I favour the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. — Calvin Coolidge ... Read More

A nation ripe for change: Pick it now!
The recent by-elections held in three constituencies tragically underscore some realities with which we are living. The campaigning focused on only one of the three seats — St Mary South Eastern — not because this was the only constituency that had real...... Read More

President Putin and friends will be at the World Cup
We were wondering which teams would make it to the tape in the World Cup play-offs to qualify for a space among the final 32 teams.The absolute surprise and disappointment to many is the failure of Italy to qualify.... Read More

Towards equal rights and justice

BY STEPHEN VASCIANIE | Sunday, November, 19 2017    

The following is the edited version of a speech given by Professor Stephen Vasciannie, at the Annual Awards function of the St Ann Justices of the Peace Association at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa, Runaway Bay, recently.   Read More

The damage to Marcus Garvey's statue and what he meant to Jamaica

BY SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, November, 19 2017    

Controversy has dogged the statue of National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey from the moment it was raised and installed on the campus of The University of the West Indies, Mona. Read More

The Vietnam phenomenon and the Tivoli incursion

BY JASON McKAY | Sunday, November, 19 2017    

In the period following the end of the United States of America's involvement in the war in Vietnam, a peculiar phenomenon developed where soldiers who had served there were treated badly by the press, anti-war activists, and the public in general. Read More

What a difference Friday makes

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, November, 17 2017    

Last week, in this column, we shared the remarkable story of Senator Dr Floyd Morris, a Jamaican who became a role model for how one can overcome some of the greatest adversities. Read More

Corporal punishment, child abuse and the law

BY FRANKLIN JOHNSTON | Friday, November, 17 2017    

Jamaica is considering a law to ban corporal punishment — UN say so, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness agrees. So, from a mild slap to a back-siding with a cutlass may be criminalised. The UNICEF, Global Initiative, and UNESCO are good, but none ever raised a... Read More

Imagining the post-IMF Caribbean economy

BY SIR HILARY BECKLES | Friday, November, 17 2017    

Circumstances are rapidly maturing that are demanding our conception of the need for both a new style International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a 21st century post-IMF Caribbean economy. Read More

Before and after the machete or ZOSO

Kaysia Kerr | Thursday, November, 16 2017    

It is Friday, October 13, 2017. I enter the zone of special operations in Mt Salem, St James, with the national mandate for parenting directing each stride; making the path clear is the inherent optimism that comes with the offer to support. As I walk I greet every man,... Read More

'Big brother is watching you'

Michael Burke | Thursday, November, 16 2017    

So the Senate has passed the National Identification and Registration Bill. It is now to go back to the House of Representatives. Read More

America's suicide pact with the gun lobby

Dr Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, November, 15 2017    

The United States of America has become one of the most unsafe places in the world. This statement may grate on the nerves of those who believe in the invincibility of America or in American exceptionalism. And I will concede that it sounds incongruous against the background of the military... Read More

King Gaston Browne and his kingdom of Antigua

By Anthony DaSilva | Wednesday, November, 15 2017    

 I have waited for a while before wading into the turbulent waters of the Gaston Browne-Sandals Antigua debacle. However, I'd like to add my two cents worth as I think Sandals is a Caribbean icon that belongs to all of us. Read More

The future of my toe print is at stake!

Tuesday, November, 14 2017    

The Government of Jamaica is moving with speed to pass the National Identification and Registration Bill; however, many questions have arisen as to why the haste? Why the lack of broad-based consultation with the Church, civil society and neighbourhood groups to give information and hear the... Read More



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