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Viva, Fidel Castro!

Louis E A Moyston | Thursday, December, 12 2019    

On Saturday, November 30, I attended the meeting of the Jamaica Friendship Association in New Kingston. The gathering celebrated the life and times of Fidel Castro. The turnout and participation from a local Cuban solidarity group from Westmoreland was remarkable and... Read More

Is Amazon subject to our Data Protection Act?

Chukwuemeka Cameron | Wednesday, December, 11 2019    

Coming out of the first round of consultations initiated by the joint select committee appointed by Parliament to review the Data Protection Bill, @Digicel and the @JamaicaComputerSociety raised issues about the limited application of the Bill to local data controllers found in our section 3. Read More

We must close the income inequality gap

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, December, 11 2019    

In the latest report of the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index Jamaica ranked higher in the high development category. The index assesses life expectancy of the population, education, gender-related issues, and per capita income indicators. Read More

Youth standing up for human rights and sustainable development

Tuesday, December, 10 2019    

Today, December 10 2019, is recognised as International Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day marks the anniversary on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This document emphasises the relevance of human rights in our daily lives... Read More

180 years of transforming the education system

BY Yvette M Reid | Tuesday, December, 10 2019    

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Are we prepared to do what is necessary?

Al Miller | Monday, December, 9 2019    

The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr Hoover didn't know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night, anyhow. — Will... Read More

Loving ourselves as much as they love us

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, December, 9 2019    

My colleague said she was almost embarrassed at the applause she received at a conference in South Africa when she stood up to be recognised. “For Jamaica, it was louder than for the other countries,” she recalled. Read More

Foreign and local investment: Fairness for all

SIR Ronald Sanders | Sunday, December, 8 2019    

There has always been tension between encouraging foreign investment and promoting local entrepreneurship. In many countries, local businesses are expected to pay a range of domestic taxes while governments exempt foreign investors from obligation for the same taxes in... Read More

Bolivia after Morales: An 'ungovernable country' with a power vacuum

BY Marten W Brienen | Sunday, December, 8 2019    

Evo Morales is hardly Bolivia's first president to be ousted in a mass uprising. Both of his immediate predecessors — Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Carlos Mesa — resigned after waves of mass protest. So did at least seven other Bolivian presidents since... Read More

Wealth, inequality and revolt ­— A warning

PAUL GOLDING | Sunday, December, 8 2019    

Over the course of human history mankind has progressed through three stages of industrial revolution. The First Industrial Revolution (1IR) spanned 1760 to 1840 and was characterised by the steam engine. The second (2IR) started in the late 19th century, historians say... Read More

The cult of creativity — the new Utopia

EVERTON PRYCE | Sunday, December, 8 2019    

Waldane Walker's profanity-laced ending to his valedictory speech at the recent 2019 graduation exercises at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) was not merely a farrago of ignorance and downright display of what the late celebrated Caribbean... Read More

The bull sleeping in the china shop is awake

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, December, 8 2019    

Do not kill a snake and swing it around; the ones inside the holes are watching you. — Tsonga proverb, South Africa  Read More

The Baugh trial

JASON McKAY | Sunday, December, 8 2019    

The trial of three police officers for the fatal shooting of Rohan Fraser, aka Baugh, a famous gunman from the 1990s in Tivoli Gardens, was big news in its time. Read More

Another scene in The Ward's drama

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, December, 6 2019    

The grand old lady of downtown Kingston is back in the news again — the great Ward theatre continues its struggle to get back in use. A tour of the theatre led by Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams was held earlier this week at which stakeholders and interested individuals were able to... Read More

The post-slavery scam and productivity

Franklin Johnston | Friday, December, 6 2019    

There are consequences when you mess with people's heads as growth is not a product of investment only. People must have a mind to work and produce. So, Michael Lee-Chin may try “5 in 4”, but powerful, credible forces are against him. Read More


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