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America's red and blue

BY THE LAIRD | Wednesday, January, 13 2021    

Is the United States of America on the verge of the continuation of the civil war that supposedly ended on May 9, 1865?My simple answer is yes. Read More

A social and economic storm is brewing!

Vinnette Hall | Wednesday, January, 13 2021    

WITH only just over a week into 2021 we look back on a year that saw many of us adapting, whether willingly or unwillingly, to what many phrased in 2020 as the new normal. The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought with it many challenges, yet, for those visionaries and risk-takers... Read More

Thou shalt not abort!

Oneil Madden | Tuesday, January, 12 2021    

Children are a gift from God; they are a reward from him. — Psalm 127:3 New Living Translation (NLT)  Read More

Lock down the Cannabis Licensing Authority!

Paul Burke | Tuesday, January, 12 2021    

The National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja (NALG) is recommending that the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) as is, be quickly closed down and that the present human and financial resources be used to establish a new organisation and development strategy for... Read More

The mission requires inclusivity and sustainability

Antonio Guterres | Tuesday, January, 12 2021    

The following is the presentation made on the occasion of the COP26 Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on January 11, 2021:  Read More

Butch Stewart's faith, hope and love

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, January, 11 2021    

The following was published in the Jamaica Observer on Monday, June 2, 2008 after the celebration of the Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) Group's 40th anniversary. I explored the passion and vision of Gordon “Butch” Stewart, whose legacy has created... Read More

Is Rev Al Miller still praying for Trump?

Glenn Tucker | Monday, January, 11 2021    

In the weeks following the US elections my phones were bombarded with calls asking me to read Reverend Al Miller's article in this paper. I was told it was in support of Donald Trump — praising his performance and praying for a second term for him. Read More

Gloomy bits

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

Good millet is known at the harvest. — Kpelle proverb, Liberia Read More

Siege on the Capitol!

PAUL GOLDING | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

I have had several surreal moments in my recent life. Among them are the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the USA, the first inauguration of Barack Obama as US president in 2009, the Christopher “Dudus” Coke extradition saga in 2010, the declaration of the novel... Read More

America's shattered democracy and authority

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

Recent events in Washington, DC, the rev ered capital of the United States of America, have shaken the moral authority of that country to lecture, threaten, and coerce other countries in the name of democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Read More

Lessons from America's decline

CANUTE THOMPSON | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

In a compelling book, entitled Time to start thinking: America in the age of descent, first published in 2012, Edward Luce, The Washington Post's bureau chief for the Financial Times, catalogues the steady fall of America, characterised, in part, by realities such as its addictive... Read More

Portmore 15: Parish formation in Jamaica — A short history

ANDREW WHEATLEY | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

When the colonial masters made their parish designations the arrangements were more spatial and utilitarian rather than along socio-economic, geographical, cultural or social lines. Read More

Hidden victims of the narcotics industry

Jason McKay | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

Between 50,000 and 60,000 French citizens lost their lives in aerial bombing during World War II. The bombs were largely dropped by their own allies. You may or may not have heard about it, but it was as devastating as Germany's bombing of Britain, with a similar number... Read More

Build the city on firm foundations

Duane Smith | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

THE centuries-old adage “Rome was not built in a day” is often used to plead for patience but also alludes to the time necessary for massive or great works to be accomplished. We have arrived at that point in local development where homeowners and developers stand at opposite... Read More

Surviving a heart attack in rural Jamaica on New Year's Day

Ernest Madu and Paul Edwards | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

In our prior columns, we have explored the general theme of access to good quality health care in Jamaica. We have discussed various obstacles and opportunities to improve the quality of health care delivery in Jamaica while making same equitable. Read More


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