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The politics of Bustamante and Manley

Stephen VASCIANNIE | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

Alexander Bustamante and Norman Manley, National Heroes of Jamaica, were cousins who steered Jamaica in the tumultuous years from 1938 through to Independence in 1962 (and beyond). Read More

Non-COVID-19 patients should not delay treatment because of fear

Dr Ernest Madu & Dr Paul Edwards | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

ONE of the surprising findings of the current COVID-19 pandemic has been the reduction in number of patients without COVID-19 disease presenting to hospitals and urgent care facilities worldwide. This has been noted in many countries, including our own. Read More

Has Caricom missed the boat once more?

By Frank Solomon | Friday, June, 5 2020    

If a couple of months ago someone had told you that the entire world would shut down you'd be pointing them toward the nearest mental facility. Planes and trains, groceries and pharmacies; how would we ever live without them? Read More

Media, media, on the wall

BY Joel B Liburd | Friday, June, 5 2020    

The one thing that the world probably is grateful to Donald Trump for is his spotlighting of “fake news”. However, while Trump chooses to use the phenomenon to blame for all of his misfortunes and criticisms, his opponents argue that it was media... Read More

COVID-19 and the case for Caribbean opportunity

Nyssa Pierre | Friday, June, 5 2020    

American actor Jared Leto emerged from a 12-day California meditation retreat on March 17, where he'd spent his days in total isolation with no connectivity devices. Sounds great, right? Except Leto stepped out of the zen and into the pandemic. Most of us are not that privileged, nor... Read More

Marcus, Martin, and Minneapolis: This is our cause

Hilary Beckles | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

Martin Luther King Jr, when he felt he could not breathe, came to Jamaica. When the threats to his life were constant and closing in around his neck, he took this measure to maintain his life. His visits to Jamaica's north coast filled his lungs with the freer air of... Read More

Violating Rastafari

Jahlani Niaah | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

Over the past nine decades Rastafari have endured notable abuses at the hands of the colonial and post-colonial governments. They have also been significant players within the Jamaican pre- and post-Independence projects, advancing processes of decolonisation and the... Read More

Charting the PNP's path to victory

BY ERROL W A TOWNSHEND | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

With borders closed, there are worst places, I suppose, to hide from the perils of COVID-19 for eight weeks than some small, remote district in Jamaica's hinterland. Bereft of modern hi-tech gizmos, such as reliable Internet, cellphone coverage, or cable TV reception,... Read More

Opening borders: The real test begins

Henley W Morgan | Wednesday, June, 3 2020    

Three cheers for our prime minister, Andrew Holness; our minister of finance, Nigel Clarke; our minister of health and wellness, Christopher Tufton; our chief medical officer, Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie; and those on the front line of the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read More

A day of reckoning for the USA on the race question

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 3 2020    

On Memorial Day 2020, when the American nation was remembering thousands of their fellow men and women who had died in various wars down through the years, a young black man by the name of George Floyd was detained by the police in Minneapolis. He had tendered a US$20... Read More

Is this a warm-up to the real fight?

Kahlil A Hutchinson | Wednesday, June, 3 2020    

The world is facing a global pandemic which has resulted in a global lockdown aimed at slowing the spread and flattening the curve. However, is this the only thing that the lockdown is doing? This approach has yielded many positives, as it has resulted in a decrease in... Read More

Exploring the lessons of COVID-19 — Part 3

Canute Thompson | Tuesday, June, 2 2020    

In my reflections on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic I have shared ideas on the psycho-spiritual implications, published on March 24. In that piece I called attention to the existential question of the fickleness and finiteness of human beings in the face of... Read More

If I live by the rules, I expect you to live by the rules too

Oneil Madden | Tuesday, June, 2 2020    

Growing up we would learn through social studies or civics education that “a society is a group of people with common interests who collaborate to achieve specific objectives in an organised manner”. We were often told that we should abide by the laws and... Read More

Salute the 'Caricom Three' for their sacrifice

Monday, June, 1 2020    

Here are three heroes of democracy in the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom): Cynthia Barrow-Giles (St Lucia/Barbados), John Jarvis (Antigua and Barbuda) and Sylvester King (St Vincent and the Grenadines). Their names must not be forgotten. Read More

Our wounded human family

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, June, 1 2020    

As one reporter put it, “You cannot 'unsee' ” the image of that brutal officer, with his knee on the neck of unarmed, handcuffed George Floyd; it is a sickening memory of US Memorial Day 2020 in Minneapolis. For nearly nine minutes the policeman stayed in that position, one... Read More


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