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An election mandate with grave responsibilities

Raulston Nembhard | Thursday, September, 10 2020    

The people have spoken resoundingly and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has won the 18th parliamentary elections with a landslide. Various polls had suggested this landslide, but the seismic wipeout of the People's National Party (PNP) is not something that many anticipated. Only a few,... Read More

A nation's right to decide its friends

Sir Ronald Sanders | Thursday, September, 10 2020    

Nelson Mandela, in 1990, was a towering symbol of the triumph of right over wrong. Released from prison after 27 cruel years for his unrelenting stand against apartheid and the dehumanisation of the black peoples of South Africa, he was universally admired. His walk through the gate of... Read More

Be careful of saying 'Jamaica gawn green'

Dwright Wright | Wednesday, September, 9 2020    

“I will never become a member of the [Jamaica] Labour Party [JLP], but I am certain of one thing: The Labour Party will be in power for a long, long time. You have a good night!” said a diehard People's National Party (PNP) supporter at the end of that party's leadership... Read More

Strike out and shake things up, Prime Minister ...start with the Cabinet

Tuesday, September, 8 2020    

THE 2020 parliamentary elections are behind us and I am sure that many, like me, who love all politics — local and foreign — are busy with the various permutations and combinations of the soon-to-be-named Cabinet. Read More

Hail, Dr Neville Gallimore!

Errol Miller | Tuesday, September, 8 2020    

The late Dr Neville Gallimore was a physician, Member of Parliament, and minister of Government in several portfolios. I wish to pay tribute to him for his stewardship as minister of education. Read More

PM Holness is right; the task ahead is for us all

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, September, 7 2020    

THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) swept last Thursday's general election, picking up traditional People's National Party (PNP) seats in the west and the east. It is a well-earned victory, and we understand that one of Jamaica's most seasoned campaigners, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding,... Read More

The bell has rung...

By Oneil Madden | Monday, September, 7 2020    

Last Thursday, the Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caused a political pandemic across Jamaica when it massively defeated the People's National Party (PNP) in the general election, winning 48 of the 63 constituencies. Read More

JLP did better than expected, but no honeymoon

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

A sheep that wants to grow horns should ask the ram how its neck feels. — Igbo proverb, Nigeria Read More


LANCE NEITA | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

It's not the first time we have had landslide election results in Jamaica. In 1980 the ninth parliamentary election was held on October 30, 1980. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) led by Edward Seaga took 51 seats with 85 per cent of the votes, while the People's National Party (PNP), led... Read More

Politics without principle

CHRISTOPHER BURNS | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

Jamaica's 18th parliamentary elections are over. Getting there was not without odd maladies, mostly COVID-19 related. But the people have spoken. Therefore, let us respect their decision and move on with the task of rebuilding a Jamaica that works — without regard to colour, creed,... Read More

Why COVID-19 vaccines need to prioritise 'superspreaders'

By Dana Goldman University of Southern California | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

Once safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available, tough choices will need to be made about who gets the first shots. Read More

Did the Tivoli operation end gang domination?

Jason McKay | Sunday, September, 6 2020    

AS a child, I heard many conversations in my home about politics and political violence. One of the discussions centred on Michael Manley and his alleged affiliation with noted criminals. The relationship with Winston “Burry Boy” Blake and George “Feather Mop”... Read More

Crime: A product of social organisation

Louis Moyston | Friday, September, 4 2020    

The problem of crime is as old as the place we know as Jamaica. Just recently I heard a young politician, in a television interview, offering some constructive ideas about treating crime. It came at a time when Prime Minister Andrew Holness raised the issue of the failure of crime plans... Read More

Why bad things happen to good people

Ethon Lowe | Friday, September, 4 2020    

The newspaper headline on Monday, July 13, 2020 read, 'Miracle baby killed in freak accident'. The grief stricken mother was barely able to speak, “She is my only child. Dem (doctors) seh mi couldn't get pregnant and mi beg god fi mi baby. And she jus get tek back jus' like... Read More

Choose ye!

Michael Aiken | Thursday, September, 3 2020    

Life is a series of choices between the bad, the good, and the best. Everything depends on which we choose. — Pastor Vance Havner  Read More


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