'Icy' days in the US

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, July, 19 2019    

Jamaica has always been a country of travellers. Our forefathers were brought here in the belly of ships as live cargo, taken from their homelands to build a part of the world they had no previous knowledge of. Throughout the 300-plus years of enslavement it was hard to put down roots. Read More

Equity and justice: The elusive crime factor

BY Andrew G Tucker | Thursday, July, 18 2019    

Jamaica has the unenviable record of being one of the most violent countries on the planet. As a relatively young country, we have mastered the art of snuffing out the lives of our denizens. Unfortunately, a large portion of our population has become totally desensitised to the senseless... Read More

The existence of God Nature's evidence — An Introduction

Clinton Chisholm | Thursday, July, 18 2019    

“The heavens declare nothing really, the firmament showeth nothing really, day unto day uttereth nothing really, and night unto night showeth nothing really. There is no speech or language from them, full stop, end of pre-scientific rubbish.” Read More

Crime and corruption the twin threats to a JLP second term

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, July, 17 2019    

The painstaking sacrifices of the Jamaican people have enabled their governors to rebuild an economy of which they can be duly proud. Once a basket case in the Caribbean and the world, Jamaica is now being touted as a poster child for economic recovery. Economic growth still remains anemic, but... Read More

Sargassum — Another 'weed' problem?

Glenn Tucker | Wednesday, July, 17 2019    

There are clear signs that I am in my dotage. Maybe this is why the statements of politicians that give others hope seem to fill me with frustration. Read More

Beware the actions of our leaders!

Al Miller | Tuesday, July, 16 2019    

Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect. — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Read More

The Caribbean and the Commonwealth at 70

BY MARCIA THOMAS | Tuesday, July, 16 2019    

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It's getting hotter still

Wayne Campbell | Monday, July, 15 2019    

Global warming isn't a prediction. It is happening. — James Hansen  Read More

Domestic workers entitled to protection under the law

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, July, 15 2019    

International Domestic Workers Day will be celebrated tomorrow, July 16. Avrie Allen-March, sociologist with the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), noted: “On this day, in 2011, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted the Domestic Workers Convention (C189). The convention lays... Read More

Use what works!

GARFIELD HIGGINS Garfield Higgins is an educator and journalist. Send comments to the Observer or | Sunday, July, 14 2019    

An old path leads to an old village. — Mandinka proverb, Gambia.  Read More

Get past mere talk on dons, garrisons

Kevin Obrien Chang | Sunday, July, 14 2019    

In most cases, the problem is not that governments are weak; it is that they are complicit, deliberately supporting criminal groups for the sake of both power and enrichment. In Bangladesh, Jamaica, and Nigeria, for example, political parties hire criminal gangs to herd their voters to the... Read More

The homicide epidemic in the Western Hemisphere

Basil Wilson | Sunday, July, 14 2019    

The Western Hemisphere has the dubious distinction of being the most violent region on the planet. The Asian region and Western Europe have much lower violent and homicide rates compared to the Western Hemisphere. This disparity may have much to do with civilisations... Read More

The new burden of diplomacy: The enemy within

SIR RONALD SANDERS Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the US, Organization of American States, and high commissioner to C | Sunday, July, 14 2019    

The mess resulting from reports that the British Ambassador to the United States Sir Kim Darroch made about US President Donald Trump and his Administration underscores the dangers of leaking confidential government documents. Read More

The shame of our silence

BY JASON McKAY | Sunday, July, 14 2019    

Martin Luther King Jr once said these words: “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Read More

We want water justice!

Franklin Johnston | Friday, July, 12 2019    

When the radio host said the National Water Commission (NWC) should lock up those who watered gardens during the drought I was amused, but angry. Why? There are avid gardeners whose sturdy trees, lush lawns, and florescent shrubbery attract rain, birds and insects vital to production, as... Read More


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