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Why expect Vybz Kartel to be a role model?

BY Lipton Matthews | Thursday, March, 5 2020    

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Recall The Ugly American

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, March, 4 2020    

The Ugly American is the title of a best-selling iconic political satire. Published in 1958, the novel was later made into a blockbuster movie starring Marlon Brando. The geopolitical context within which the fictional story was written is worth recalling at this time when the recently appointed... Read More

Of Lenten spirituality and the coronavirus

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, March, 4 2020    

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten period has dawned this year within the context of one of the most dreaded epidemics (or pandemics) that has confronted the world in recent times. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not only infecting and killing people, but poses an... Read More

The role of the Government in the abortion debate

Kenneth Richards | Tuesday, March, 3 2020    

A Government must fulfil its legislative responsibility based on moral principles. These principles are necessary to ensure that our legislators promote laws for the common good that, in general, will safeguard public order and protect the most vulnerable. In addition, principles provide a... Read More

To notify or not notify the public

Chukwuemeka Cameron | Tuesday, March, 3 2020    

It is not reasonable for any business to ask whether they will suffer from a data breach. Empirical data suggests it is more a question of when will it happen. Read More

Celebrating Jamaica's promise

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, March, 2 2020    

There are constant reminders of the inherent promise in our beloved Jamaica, and over the past two weeks we experienced a bounty of affirmation. Our journey included the opening of the Cottage Multipurpose Centre in Woodford, St Andrew; e-Learning's 'Celebrating Our... Read More

Drop the spin and speak the truth…about babies

Philippa Davies | Monday, March, 2 2020    

On January 15, 2020 President Vladimir Putin announced new measures to increase Russia's dwindling birth rate, including maternity capital (State funding for mothers) and free school meals, adding to the tax breaks already given to families with two or more children. With births... Read More

We've watched the maturity of the suffocating monstrosity of self-interest

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, March, 1 2020    

You should not be proud of a locust's head. — Kalenjin proverb, Kenya  Read More

Our reggae 'riddim'

Al Miller | Sunday, March, 1 2020    

Our nation celebrated another Reggae Month. February was so designated in 2008. It is an important time on our calendar. We must therefore applaud our leaders, both in government and the music fraternity, for maintaining this focus. This year its observation has been exceptional, given... Read More

Peter Tosh: The man, the time, and the music

Louis Moyston | Sunday, March, 1 2020    

As we have just about closed celebrating Reggae Month a special tribute is made to Peter Tosh for his enduring campaign, nationally and internationally, for the legalisation of ganja and his effort against the miseducation of the black youth. His life oscillated between Schopenhauer's... Read More

Caricom's role as Haiti's crisis worsens

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, March, 1 2020    

On February 20 the UN Security Council received a grim report of deteriorating human rights and collapsing rule of law in Haiti. The troubling situation includes widening malnutrition, kidnappings for ransom, rapes, and gang violence. Read More

Inequality and the public transportation system

Luis Alberto Moreno | Sunday, March, 1 2020    

If one public service can be said to symbolise the frustration driving social unrest in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is public transportation. Read More

A toast to Reggae Month

Lance Neita | Sunday, March, 1 2020    

It is difficult, if not impossible to contain Reggae Month in Jamaica to just 29 days. The reggae cabinet is so full that the music, the lyrics, the rhythms, and the acts runneth over. The surplus of riches cultivated in this genre has impacted all regions of the world from across the... Read More

Saving the Jamaican iguana

Ethon Lowe | Friday, February, 28 2020    

I welcome the plan to repopulate the Jamaican iguana (Cyclura collei) on Great Goat Island as a sanctuary. This would not have been possible if a group of intrepid students and scientists — including yours truly — from the Botany, Geology and Zoology departments of The... Read More

Help or hinder… fight or flight

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, February, 28 2020    

There is something strange going on. In a time where tragedy is now a spectator sport, humankind appears to have lost a sense of self-preservation and an understanding of empathy. Read More


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