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Old Caricom vs CSME and a single market with America

Caricom is a fine neo-colonial forum which celebrates the best of British and the African diasporas. The Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) is overtly economic, excludes brown nations, taps poor black Dutch, French nations and is woefully short on finance and... Read More

Murder in the school
Imagine if you had migrated to 'the States', as we call it, taking your teenagers with you, and enrolled them in a school, which had the reputation of being one of the best in the area. Not everything is perfect, but the neighbourhood school has been noted for high quality. It provides...... Read More

To abstain: Diplomatic wisdom in the face of reality
Recently, US President Donald Trump, as is his wont, stirred controversy yet again by declaring America's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This move is largely symbolic, but symbols mean a lot to Arabs and the Arab world is livid. A vote was...... Read More

Bank fees and history repeating itself
In 2003 the newly built south coast highway became a toll road. At the time, I was at pains to point out that toll roads are nothing new in Jamaica. And I wrote it for the general knowledge of everyone. There is every justification for the present toll roads in principle (even if the...... Read More

Black Panther, the Obama portraits and black iconography

BY David Brown | Wednesday, February, 21 2018    

The images associated with the representation of blacks have varied from specific periods of history: During the transatlantic trade in Africans, which lasted from the middle of the 15th century to the end of the 19th century, blacks were represented as lower creatures,... Read More

Is the economic growth super ministry doing an effective job?

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, February, 21 2018    

One of the novel and far-reaching decisions of the Andrew Holness-led Administration when it assumed office was the appointment of the super ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. This was in fulfilment of campaign promises to place the issue of economic growth at the centre of... Read More

Soft skills and education in Jamaica

With Clement Lambert | Tuesday, February, 20 2018    

With the rapid increase of crime and violence in Jamaican schools there is commensurate rejection and neglect of soft skills that may be necessary to avert conflict and promote healthier interpersonal relationships. Read More

Too tired to serve

Henry J Lewis | Tuesday, February, 20 2018    

On December 31, 2017 Jamaica made history again — but not for positive reasons. The 10,990 -square kilometre island of wood and water, with almost 2.9 million people, closed the year with 1,616 murders. Up to February 6, 2018, 156 people were murdered, and many... Read More

Social challenges, friendship and inspiration

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, February, 19 2018    

Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our cheery office attendant, Miss M, is on two weeks' sick leave as a result of being injured in the melee following that horrible stabbing incident at the Coronation Market two Saturdays ago. For those who may not have heard, a... Read More

Have Jamaica, St Lucia and Guyana become the 'three blind mice' of Caricom?

BY David Comissiong | Monday, February, 19 2018    

The United States Department of State and the US's millionaire secretary of state, Rex Tillerson (former CEO of American multinational oil corporation Exxon Mobil) are celebrating what they pulled off after engineering the so-called “Lima Group of States” (inclusive of the... Read More

PNP back on the land issue, but we can't forget Operation 'SHAME'

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, February, 18 2018    

Naked truth needs no shift. — William Penn Read More

The chief justice affair: Who's really the boss?

Al Miller | Sunday, February, 18 2018    

Judges don't often make the headlines. More frequently their decisions are the subject of news stories — usually when there is disagreement with a decision. Some would say that it ought to be so — that the judiciary should remain a relatively silent group... Read More

Anancyism and the elusive progress or prosperity

Danny Roberts | Sunday, February, 18 2018    

Recently, Contractor General Dirk Harrison, in an address to a Rotary Club meeting, spoke about the culture of Anancyism and its effects in undermining Jamaica's progress towards sustainable economic growth. This was not the first time, and certainly won't be the last,... Read More

Firing up a furnace in an igloo — The OAS

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, February, 18 2018    

A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940s. Those old ideals were enshrined in a charter that now traps the organisation and immobilises it. Read More

The time when Backra meant 'Back Row'

BY SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, February, 18 2018    

THE activistic role of the Anglican Church, also referred to as the Church of England, as a socio-religious and political institution within the Jamaican society during the period of colonialism and slavery, in particular, has been well documented and hotly debated by scholars for... Read More



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