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Jamaica has been afflicted by stony silence and 'bad lampism'

GARFIELD HIGGINS Garfield Higgins is an educator and journalist. Send comments to the Observer or higgins160@yahoo.com. | Sunday, June, 23 2019    

The pumpkin plant should not be uprooted. — Acholi/Ateso proverb, Uganda  Read More

A frightening new state of bravado among criminals

James Moss-Solomon | Sunday, June, 23 2019    

(Reprinted from the latest edition of online journal Public Opinion)  Read More

The new death squads they have given us

Jason McKay | Sunday, June, 23 2019    

Another of the alleged Clarendon death squad trials has ended in acquittals. What is left is basically one that never started off as a police shooting and the other the conviction of a narcissist who honestly needs to mount an insanity defence as part of his appeal, as he actually... Read More

Wha' sweet yuh can also sour

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, June, 21 2019    

Everybody knows the joys of mango season; from the smallest boy eating a dozen blackies with the juice staining his shirt, to the society maven using a silver spoon, with pinky finger extended, to scoop out a Bombay. Read More

Jamaican Diaspora sponsors gun crime here... not Americans!

Franklin Johnston | Friday, June, 21 2019    

There is confusion about guns and, like chronically dependent people, we “other” the problem, cite what America is not doing, and exonerate those who send the guns. Read More

The future of the PNP – A look at the party's 7 'sins'

Canute Thompson | Thursday, June, 20 2019    

In Part 1, published on June 11, 2019, I discussed that the People's National Party's (PNP) popularity has been in decline since 1997, even though it won the elections held that year. I made this argument to highlight the fact that the party which Peter Phillips inherited in 2017 was... Read More

Recruitment, education and retention

Clement Lambert | Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

Reports of extrajudicial slayings and the ensuing investigations seem to have the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a bit of a pickle. The nation seems to be further losing faith in the ability of the force to uphold the law in a professional and forthright manner. Corruption seems to be rife... Read More

Bunting's calculated risk may need divine intervention

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

NO one who has been following Jamaican politics in recent times would have been surprised at Peter Bunting's decision to challenge Dr Peter Phillips for the presidency of the People's National Party (PNP). He had made his intentions known for some time having deferred his intention to... Read More

Democrats must not make the same mistake as in 2016

Victor Dixon | Tuesday, June, 18 2019    

In 2016 the corporate media and the Democratic National Committee anointed Hillary Clinton as presidential nominee even before the primaries started. She carried a lot of baggage and in the end, although she won the popular vote, Donald Trump walked into the White House. Read More

Drug trafficking is a global problem foist upon Caribbean countries

Bocchit Edmond | Tuesday, June, 18 2019    

Violent crime is down in countries across the Caribbean. Jamaica's prime minister said that homicides fell by 22 per cent last year. Homicides in the Dominican Republic have been on a downward trend since 2011. In the Bahamas, statistics for 2018 highlight an overall... Read More

Making a case for a national e-commerce policy

BY Mazie-Grace Smith | Tuesday, June, 18 2019    

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A different kind of bauxite experience

Lance Neita | Monday, June, 17 2019    

An agriculture/education expo coming out of the bauxite industry last month was considered by some to be unique, unusual, and to others, unreal. This is because the mental image of bauxite mining conjures up pictures of holes in the ground and shipments of precious landfill being shipped... Read More

Happy Father's Day or Happy Men's Day?

BY ROMANE ELLISTON | Monday, June, 17 2019    

For the longest time in Jamaica, and the Caribbean at large, fatherhood has been marked by absenteeism. Recently, I did an interview with a group of boys ranging from ages 14 to 18 about their relationship with their fathers. Unfortunately, the stories had more... Read More

The world is crazy about K-pop and reggae

BY YOUNG GYU LEE | Monday, June, 17 2019    

In the dynamic music world, two genres have been able to withstand the test of time by maintaining their originality and popularity. These days it is truly unusual to find someone who is completely unfamiliar with k-pop and reggae music. Their recognition is reaffirmed time and time... Read More

Peter Phillips only has himself to blame

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, June, 16 2019    

A knife does not know who its master is. — Akan proverb, Ghana  Read More



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