Columns

A time for courage and remembrance

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, September, 24 2018    

It was the day after a shooting incident in the Swallowfield area, and it had rained heavily that afternoon, but on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 guests filled the hall at Curphey Place for one of several events organised by the Royal Air Force Jamaica 580 Branch to commemorate the World... Read More

Trinidad's terrorism threat and Jamaica

Allan Douglas | Monday, September, 24 2018    

A few months ago I read an article in The Guardian entitled 'Trinidad's jihadis: How tiny nation became ISIS recruiting ground'. The article reported that more than 100 Trinidad citizens had left to join the Islamic State of Syria (ISIS), “including 70 men who planned to fight and... Read More

Euphoria, mirage and youth in politics

Louis E A Moyston, PhD | Sunday, September, 23 2018    

The Jamaica Observer editorial, 'The fickle nature of politics' (September 17, 2018) was instructive about the history of Damion Crawford in his short political career from his loss to Peter Blake in St Andrew East Rural. It speaks to those constituents... Read More

Lessons in the PNP/JLP corruption competition

Al Miller | Sunday, September, 23 2018    

It's been tit for tat in the corruption competition in recent days. 'Phillips says Holness Gov't most corrupt in independent Jamaica', declared the headline of The Sunday Gleaner of September 16, 2018. Prime Minister Andrew Holness fired back on... Read More

Phillips's desperation

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, September, 23 2018    

One with lean meat, or merely even just the skin, is better off than one with mushrooms. — Shona proverb (Zimbabwe)  Read More

No vigilante action in the Americas

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, September, 23 2018    

A furore surrounded Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), after the Associated Press (AP) reported him as encouraging military intervention in Venezuela to topple the Government of President Nicolas Maduro. Read More

A clear divide between talking business and doing business

BY SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, September, 23 2018    

The gnawing and widening gap between the economic education of the Jamaican people and their economic expectations must be closed post-haste. There is indeed the clear and growing need for this to happen in order that greater clarity in respect to the discussions and choices surrounding... Read More

The escalating US-China trade war

Sunday, September, 23 2018    

It came as no surprise. President Donald Trump had made it clear during the election campaign that he would use tariffs as a cudgel to punish China for what he insists are its unfair trade practices. He has made good on his threat. Read More

Remembering Easton Wentworth Xavier Douglas

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, September, 23 2018    

(The following is an edited version of the remembrance given by former National Coordinator of Operation Pride Paul Buchanan, delivered during the Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of former Cabinet minister and Member of Parliament Easton Wentworth Xavier Douglas who died... Read More

Abortion is the issue, but control of women's bodies still the long game

Franklin Johnston | Friday, September, 21 2018    

In the beginning man was afraid of woman. She was more perfect, could reproduce; jealousy rose and a morbid focus on her sexuality — incest, rape and more. Read More

The 'new' way of life with drugs

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, September, 21 2018    

A few days ago I was listening to a radio programme which focused on young persons and the use of drugs. I'm not talking about the kind handed over by a trained professional who has to receive doctor's authorisation as is required by the law. I'm talking about the kind still on the... Read More

'Sour Sally' and the cost of development

By M McLean | Friday, September, 21 2018    

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PNP and socialism in 80 years

Michael Burke | Thursday, September, 20 2018    

So the People's National Party (PNP) reached its 80th anniversary two days ago on September 18. Norman Washington Manley was its first president. The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union had its 80th anniversary on May 23. Both evolved out of movements for change, such as... Read More

The C'bean and Brexit: Choppy seas?

BY Elizabeth Morgan | Thursday, September, 20 2018    

I have seen an article describing Caribbean concerns about Brexit in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum as much ado about nothing. This could not be further from the truth. Brexit is a 'bread and butter' issue about jobs and growth as are all other trade issues for small, open... Read More

'Give me Jamaica or I die!'

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, September, 19 2018    

Anyone who dares to change an institution, a community, or a country to bring it out of darkness into light, to seek some higher purpose, advance some moral value, or achieve some greater good, such an individual must have uncommon courage, an iron-clad will, and a resolve as tough as... Read More



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