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Jamaica's bauxite/alumina industry is once again under pressure with jitters around the status of alumina on the world market and any potential local fallout, and also the vigorous and largely misinformed lobbying that has been targeting bauxite mining said to be taking place in areas... Read More

America's home-grown terrorism
Within a 13-hour period at least 31 people were killed and a similar amount injured by two gunmen in two mass shootings in the US. One concern was that high-powered guns — AR-15s — continued to be the weapon of choice for these mass murderers. When asked to...... Read More

PNP must have swallowed the wrong pill
Do not stand in a field of thorns to remove thorns. — Bemba proverb, Zambia†... Read More

Balderdash?! Or brilliant policing?
The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. — William Shakespeare†... Read More

New political realities and the campaigns for PNP presidency

LOUIS MOYSTON | Sunday, August, 25 2019    

Popularity polls are important to check the political temperature. In the case of internal party competition, while popularity polls are useful, the sounder approach will be to employ the old party method of canvassing party supporters and delegates. Read More

What about the interests of the ordinary Venezuelan people?

SIR RONALD SANDERS | Sunday, August, 25 2019    

Michelle Bachelet is a torture survivor. She was arrested in 1975 by the late dictator Augusto Pinochet's political police and detained in the notorious Villa Grimaldi torture centre. So, she knows much about the suffering of people. Read More

As global economic picture dims, solutions seem out of reach

Sunday, August, 25 2019    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — As global leaders gather on two continents to take account of a darkening economic outlook, this is the picture they face: Read More

The birth of 'Gaza'

JASON McKAY | Sunday, August, 25 2019    

Many young people were shrieking and shouting 'Gaza' or 'Gully' about 10 years ago, as two entertainers were involved in a feud. I am not planning to discuss the feud, as I am not going to help to bring credibility to some brainless publicity stunt. Read More

Sorry and the police lorry

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, August, 23 2019    

Have you noticed that “sorry” has become a sorry word? It seems to have lost its power, or maybe we no longer understand the concept. “Seh sorry!” — Parents demand that quarelling children utter the word. It very often was delivered grudgingly, sounding like... Read More

God save the Queen, but who prospers us?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, August, 23 2019    

August 6, 2019 is done and dusted. At a function at which many said the Queen had been oppressing them the drumming was spiffy. We sang, danced, gave honours, yet the recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica/Planning Institute of Jamaica survey says poverty increased. Read More

More questions than answers on PM's integrity declaration

Canute Thompson | Thursday, August, 22 2019    

In the past two weeks since the release of Prime Minister Andrew Holness's integrity declarations there has been nothing short of uncertainty; not only about his declarations, but also about that of the Leader of the Opposition Peter Phillips. However, it appears that while some... Read More

Medical cannabis research in Jamaica ambles on

Ellen Campbell Grizzle | Thursday, August, 22 2019    

It was Professor Manley West, the godfather of medical cannabis research in Jamaica, who got the ball rolling with little fanfare or external financial support for his work. He was a quiet, amiable, yet driven person. A “steady as it goes” type of individual... Read More

Shame on all churches

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, August, 21 2019    

Nationwide Radio recently did a follow-up on a story that had gripped the nation concerning Moravian Church Pastor Rupert Clark and his sexual dalliance with underage girls in St Elizabeth. What emerged from this exposť is that little has changed in the circumstances of the victimised family. Read More

Scaled scores and PEP

BY Oswald Leon | Wednesday, August, 21 2019    

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Jamaican politics: Give me less style, more substance

Richard Blackford | Tuesday, August, 20 2019    

There is a level of contempt that has crept into our thinking that is, in my opinion, proving far more divisive and dangerous than what obtained in the 1970s when our politics functioned based on a deep ideological divide. For, at the very least, an ideological difference indicated that opposing... Read More



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