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Whither a coherent national security strategy

Canute Thompson | Tuesday, May, 2 2017    

On April 27, 2017 I received a copy of a 214-page document entitled 'Five-Pillar Strategy for Crime Prevention and Citizen Security'. I began reading through this document to see if I could find answers to pressing questions I had. I got some help, but regrettably not as much as I... Read More

Bishop not above criticism, but...

Sean Major-Campbell | Tuesday, May, 2 2017    

I write with reference to the Jamaica Observer editorial of Thursday, April 27, 2017 in which the “observation” is made, inter alia: “One of the concessions made to the churches in Jamaica is that they are able to receive... Read More

The power of vaccines in safeguarding our future

Grace Virtue | Tuesday, May, 2 2017    

The global health community, led by the World Health Organization, observed the week April 24-30 as World Immunisation Week. The goal was to raise awareness of the importance of full immunisation throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the... Read More

Ja will always have a place at Carifta Games

Basil A Ince | Monday, May, 1 2017    

 I read an interesting article by Franklin Johnston, published in the Jamaica Observer on Friday, April 21, 2017, titled 'We have outgrown Carifta Games', suggesting that because of Jamaica's domination of the Carifta Games the country should be... Read More

The slaves, not the abolitionists, freed themselves

By Ruo Myes | Monday, May, 1 2017    

Abolitionists, such as William Wilberforce among others, had no interest in the emancipation of the African slaves. Notwithstanding the fact that the abolitionists opposed the slave trade, more than any action taken by them, the vast accumulation of wealth from the... Read More

The only way is up

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, May, 1 2017    

 Someone who was down in the dumps declared to his friends that he was still optimistic “because the only way from here is up”.Last week was a blow to our national pride as we saw eight Jamaicans accused of scamming elderly Americans being led... Read More

Phillips in pursuit of cheap political points...

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, April, 30 2017    

 Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them. — Nigerian proverbThe People's National Party (PNP) is addicted to fake news. Until they admit that they have a very serious problem, Norman Manley's party will continue to drift southward.Two Friday mornings... Read More

Murmurings of the 'Paper Tigers'

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, April, 30 2017    

 (In continuing our series of serialising of sections of the book Jones Town Trench Town The Journey Back written by former Jamaica cricketer, economist and politician Paul Buchanan, today we look at some of the movements that existed and some of the people who were prominent... Read More

Robert Montague — hard to beat

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, April, 30 2017    

(Taken from the book Trench Town Jones Town The Journey Back)His energy, drive and political linkages cannot be discounted. The crown will only be worn by those that shine, and he is not unmindful of the ingredients that will make it so. Read More

The Marxist-Leninist adventure in Jamaica and Grenada

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, April, 30 2017    

  (Taken from the book Trench Town Jones Town The Journey Back)With the lessons of Garvey's non-aligned philosophy unheeded, the unfettered leftists exacerbated the socio-economic setting with explosive commitments to Marxist-Leninist... Read More

Where trust is being violated the Church must speak, Observer

Howard Gregory | Sunday, April, 30 2017    

It is perhaps fortuitous that on the day on which I am responding to the editorial of this newspaper, there is a report within the print media that Jamaica has jumped two places to eighth on the 2017 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders out of a possible 180... Read More

Jamaica 55 — Can we recapture that first fine careless rapture?

Lance Neita | Sunday, April, 30 2017    

 We are approaching the 55th celebration of our Independence, hastened and chastened by Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange's determination to outdo the 50th, which was celebrated under somebody else's watch. Political barbs are being thrown across the aisle, but here is... Read More

Ganjanomics 202 — What's the size of our markets?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, April, 28 2017    

We hear calls from the ganja lobby to speed up, for the health establishment to stand down, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness to lead the charge. Yes, Government is slow, but where exactly are we going?What can ganja do for our economy? Who are bag men, who... Read More

Is scamming coming to an end?

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, April, 28 2017    

LET'S face it, it was just a matter of time before the 'Day of Reckoning' would find our nation's name tarnished because of the scamming ting, resulting in more and more of our people getting accommodations in American prisons. Wednesday's news, here at home, rattled us like a... Read More

A 'changed' crime plan — Part 1

Donald Wray | Thursday, April, 27 2017    

The following is set of proposals that actually date as far back as 1985 and were submitted to senior officers of both the constabulary and defence forces while the writer was awaiting being called as an officer recruit in the National Reserve, and then later as a private security... Read More



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