Venezuela: The Church, Opposition, and Loyalty

Before a bird flies off I've counted the eggs in its belly. — Krio proverb, Sierra Leone  Read More

Alice and the Jamaican Wonderland
“CURIOUSER and curiouser,” thought Alice in Wonderland as she surveyed the strange and eccentric dream world in which she found herself after falling down a rabbit hole.... Read More

The OAS dangerously in disarray
Over the last few days there has been a serious overreach by Luis Almagro of the authority he has as secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS). If Almagro continues to exceed his authority, plainly set out in the charter of the OAS, the already fragmented organisation will...... Read More

Foreign policy principles and consistency
Criticism has been levelled at the Government for its recent vote in support of an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution to withhold recognition of the Nicolas Maduro Government. The criticism seems to be driven by a sentimental attachment to Venezuela on...... Read More

A deeper look at Montego Bay Republic and western Jamaica history

BY SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, January, 20 2019    

Without getting entangled in a complicated dissertation about the historical origins of the word 'Republic' in political science, the particular reasons for such ascription of the name to the City of Montego Bay were due mainly to (a) the cultural tradition of fierce... Read More

End of an era for 'Cowboy' Knight

BY JASON McKAY | Sunday, January, 20 2019    

April of this year will be the closing of a chapter in the life of Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick “Cowboy” Knight, with his retirement from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It also represents the end of an era in Jamaican policing. Read More

States of Emergency, ZOZOs and States of Emergency, ZOZOs and the fundamental

BY DR LLOYD BARNETT | Sunday, January, 20 2019    

JAMAICA has been grappling with a high incidence of violent crimes, especially murder and rape. Read More

Friendship vs human rights

Tess-Maria Leon | Sunday, January, 20 2019    

I was born in Venezuela and moved to Jamaica when I was three years old as my father (a Jamaican) and mother (a Venezuelan) decided to make Jamaica their home. Despite this, our family has travelled to Venezuela frequently throughout my childhood to visit family, enjoy the culture, and... Read More

Missing babies and Brexit pains

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, January, 18 2019    

The last few weeks in Jamaica the reports of babies being taken have been among the talking points on the road. Questions are being asked as to why someone would steal a baby, and whether there are other motives behind these incidents. Opinions range from whether there is a... Read More

Hear a cry of desperation from our schools

Franklin Johnston | Friday, January, 18 2019    

We are all rushing, so pause, take a deep breath and ponder some realities which should claim our compassion and action at the highest level. Here is one letter from a teacher who is laying foundations — socialising our kids in our supposedly well-funded... Read More

Judgment Cliff and earthquakes

Michael Burke | Thursday, January, 17 2019    

As you might know, this is Earthquake Awareness Week. It is now 112 years since the earthquake of 1907 devastated Kingston and other parts of Jamaica on January 14, 1907. Less known is that as a result of the same 1692 earthquake that sank most of Port Royal, the district of St David,... Read More

Can we mix Christian charity and pragmatism to create low-income housing In Jamaica?

Thursday, January, 17 2019    

“And Jesus said unto him, 'Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.'” (Luke 9: 58-62) Read More

On a point of order, Franklin Johnston

BY Stephanie Sewell | Thursday, January, 17 2019    

Dr Franklin Johnston's column of Friday, January 12, 2019, 'We need a Ministry of Schools', was an odd mishmash of pseudo-analysis with glaring misinformation. Read More

Jamaica, Petrojam and a beleaguered Venezuela

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

With his country in economic shambles and facing an uncertain political future, Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as president of Venezuela for a second term last Thursday. A significant number of countries, including Jamaica, have criticised the elections, charging that it... Read More

Outlook for Jamaica's international trade in 2019

By Elizabeth Morgan | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

The prospects for expanding exports depend significantly on the state of the economy and its trading partners. The major global economic institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Organization for... Read More


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