About 'face': Violence and power in today's Jamaica

“Face” is a significant topic in the study of human social interaction. The notion of “dissing and being dissed” is the local counterpart of the negative aspect of that concept. Face is very highly developed in the Jamaican psyche. The only offence more serious than... Read More

13 years and $165 billion later...

BY PAULTON FRANKSON | Monday, July, 24 2017    

The Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP) has, over a period of seven years, received an investment of some US$44 million, and has expended over $165 billion to date. The programme, which grew out of the National Task Force on Education, established in 2004,... Read More

Make Miss Lou an official National Icon

Kevin O'Brien Chang | Sunday, July, 23 2017    

In April 2003, after prompting from my good friends Tony Rebel and Yasus Afari, I wrote an article that Tony poetically titled 'Give Miss Lou the vibes while she's alive' (http://kevinobrienchang.com/articles/give-miss-lou-the-vibes-while-she%E2%80%99s-alive.html): Read More

The PM cannot be tiptoeing

Al Miller | Sunday, July, 23 2017    

What is the vision of our current prime minister? What significant impact does he want to make on Jamaica? What legacy does he desire to leave? Does anyone know? Read More

The PNP is all convenient rhetoric and fantastical chatter

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, July, 23 2017    

Proverb: Yuh shake man han, but yuh no shake him heartTranslation: You can shake a man's hand, but you cannot shake his heart. Read More

Zones of special operations

Canute Thompson | Sunday, July, 23 2017    

There is no doubt that Jamaica faces a serious crime problem, but in my view the problem is a chronic rather than an acute one. A chronic problem requires interventions that deal with root causes, not just manifestations. The zones of special operation Act (ZOSO) is a... Read More

The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations — Part 2

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, July, 23 2017    

This commentary continues the discussion on the relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations against the backdrop of a publication by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, entitled 'The relevance of US-Caribbean relations — Three views'. Read More

What a Festival!

Lance Neita | Sunday, July, 23 2017    

They call it the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), but we of the older generation still refer to it as simply, Festival. Read More

Should acid assault be a capital crime?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, July, 21 2017    

Acid is a terrorising substance more so than a knife or a gun. A blade or bullet wound will heal with little trace, but acid disfigures. Read More

The big word — Diaspora

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, July, 21 2017    

In a matter of days members of our family in 'Farrin land' will be on spot, ready to tek charge in the name of Diaspora. Few, if any, of our seniors, when they left here long time ago, reckoned that one day they would return, like other people, hoping they will be welcomed... Read More

Special zones Bill probably won't work, but...

Sashakay Fairclough | Friday, July, 21 2017    

After decades of accusations of being soft on crime, the Jamaican Government has finally decided to try something different. They realised that the age-old ideas and strategies, which were downright failures for P J Patterson's People's National Party and Bruce... Read More

Moon landing and Jamaica 48 years ago

Michael Burke | Thursday, July, 20 2017    

Exactly 48 years ago, today, three American astronauts landed on the moon. At the time, Richard Millhouse Nixon (later of Watergate infamy) was president of the USA. It is likely that the USA is planning a big celebration in 2019 for the 50th anniversary of the event. It was a historic... Read More


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