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Politics without principle

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

Jamaica's 18th parliamentary elections are over. Getting there was not without odd maladies, mostly COVID-19 related. But the people have spoken. Therefore, let us respect their decision and move on with the task of rebuilding a Jamaica that works — without regard to colour, creed,... Read More

Why COVID-19 vaccines need to prioritise 'superspreaders'

By Dana Goldman University of Southern California | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

Once safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available, tough choices will need to be made about who gets the first shots. Read More

Did the Tivoli operation end gang domination?

Jason McKay | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

AS a child, I heard many conversations in my home about politics and political violence. One of the discussions centred on Michael Manley and his alleged affiliation with noted criminals. The relationship with Winston “Burry Boy” Blake and George “Feather Mop”... Read More

Crime: A product of social organisation

Louis Moyston | Friday, September, 4 2020    

The problem of crime is as old as the place we know as Jamaica. Just recently I heard a young politician, in a television interview, offering some constructive ideas about treating crime. It came at a time when Prime Minister Andrew Holness raised the issue of the failure of crime plans... Read More

Why bad things happen to good people

Ethon Lowe | Friday, September, 4 2020    

The newspaper headline on Monday, July 13, 2020 read, 'Miracle baby killed in freak accident'. The grief stricken mother was barely able to speak, “She is my only child. Dem (doctors) seh mi couldn't get pregnant and mi beg god fi mi baby. And she jus get tek back jus' like... Read More

Choose ye!

Michael Aiken | Thursday, September, 3 2020    

Life is a series of choices between the bad, the good, and the best. Everything depends on which we choose. — Pastor Vance Havner  Read More

Political promises of a new Heaven and a new Earth

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, September, 2 2020    

The two major political parties have now presented their manifestos. The promises would be ringing in the ears of voters as they go to the polls tomorrow. A necessary question is how will they respond to the grandiose promises that have been made and how credible are these in light of... Read More

Where's Ja's Wilberforce, MLK?

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, September, 2 2020    

My brother, a prominent attorney in the western end of the island, told me of him visiting a near 100-year-old woman in the community in St James where our father was a renowned pastor and Member of the House of Representatives, as parliamentarians were then called. In trying to convince... Read More

A lot to be hopeful about

By Angus F Jones | Wednesday, September, 2 2020    

The world has had very little to be cheerful about over the past few months due to COVID-19 infections and death, stalled economies, and massive job losses, to name a few. However, when faced with adversity, it has always been the nature of the human spirit to rise. Read More

Promises vs Performance — Part 2 The Andrew Holness Administration 2016 to 2020

Tuesday, September, 1 2020    

In Part 1 of this two-part piece, published on Tuesday August 25, 2020, I assessed the performance of the Andrew Holness Administration in relation to economic growth, crime management, corruption, law and order, and water supply, and showed that, with the exception of partial positive... Read More

Put your X beside Jamaica

Oneil Madden | Tuesday, September, 1 2020    

With the launch of ambitious manifestos from both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People's National Party (PNP), followed by the national political debates on social issues, finance and the economy, and leadership, it is time for the majority of Jamaicans to go to the polls on... Read More

You should know better, Dr Dayton Campbell

Tuesday, September, 1 2020    

Dear Editor,The following is an open letter to the People's National Party's (PNP) Dr Dayton Campbell:  Read More

Election Day: Trust the process

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, August, 31 2020    

We are three days away from Jamaica's 18th general election and we can be proud that, since 1944, both political parties have accepted the results. The first general parliamentary election under universal adult suffrage was held on December 14, 1944 after the dissolution of the... Read More

The pandemic, the Church, and the State

Newton Dixon | Monday, August, 31 2020    

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) notes, with concern, the present upsurge in COVID-19 infections. Understandably, infections among medical and security personnel and the increasing number of public institutions and companies that have had to close on account of... Read More

Of Operation PRIDE, propaganda, underdevelopment

Paul Buchanan | Monday, August, 31 2020    

Perhaps the most destructive feature of black history is the prevailing litany of falsehoods and myths that have hindered the development of our people and the lands they inhabit. Over 250 years after the African scholar and diplomat Edward Blyden challenged the... Read More


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