Columns

No premature end to the states of public emergency

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, October, 3 2018    

It is universally acknowledged that the single most important function of any decent Government is the protection and security of its people. It can also be acknowledged that Jamaican governments since 1962 have performed dismally where this important function of the State is... Read More

Doing well by doing good

Henley Morgan | Wednesday, October, 3 2018    

American economist Milton Friedman was awarded the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is invariably referred to as the 20th century's most prominent advocate of free market capitalism and the father of modern capitalism. In addition to his research and writings in economics he left... Read More

Tear down the police force and rebuild it

By Fabian Lewis | Tuesday, October, 2 2018    

Whether it's mending a failing company, fighting corruption, tackling disease, or rebuilding a marriage, the hardest problems defy just-add-water remedies. Indeed, slapping on a band-aid when surgery is needed usually just makes things worse. — Carl... Read More

The extradition of Dudus

Allan Douglas | Monday, October, 1 2018    

I have just finished reading Dr Paul Ashley's book, Dudus: The Extradition of Jamaica's #1 Drug Don, a seven-chapter, 176-page scholarly work recording a significant event in Jamaica's history. It is very unfortunate the book will not be available for sale at bookstores or other outlets,... Read More

Protecting legacy, affirming patriotism

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, October, 1 2018    

Some 20 years ago we were gathered at the newly refurbished Len Jacobs Family Planning Clinic on East Street in downtown Kingston when I noticed that the legendary Beth Jacobs, co-founder of Famplan, operator of the clinic, was seated at the back of the room and several 'important'... Read More

'I shot the sheriff, not the deputy,' Damion

Louis E A Moyston | Monday, October, 1 2018    

As a response to article 'Euphoria, mirage and youth politics', published in The Agenda magazine of the Sunday Observer on September 23, 2018, I have been in communication with Senator Damion Crawford. Thank you, Senator, for the collaboration and discussions by way of... Read More

Planning... or just trying a t'ing?

Canute Thompson | Sunday, September, 30 2018    

The murder rate is down, and for that we should truly rejoice and be glad. In 2017 the parish of St James was the most murderous place on Earth with a rate of nearly 200 murders per 100,000 population. Since the imposition of the state of public emergency (SOE) the rate has fallen drastically... Read More

Gays are citizens too

Sir Ronald Sanders | Sunday, September, 30 2018    

A regressive 19th century law, that is a legacy of British rule, continues to exist in 10 of the 12 independent Commonwealth Caribbean states. The law, inspired by the 1553 Buggery Act in England, was imposed on all British colonies by the colonial Government in Britain in 1861. It effectively... Read More

'The rose in June is not so sweet as when two lovers’ kisses meet’

Lance Neita | Sunday, September, 30 2018    

When my mother was entering her later years we tried to get her to share her recollections of growing up in Jamaica during the early part of the last century. For some reason she was a bit reticent about telling us too much, and I knew she was holding back on some of... Read More

Revivalists' religious role in slave rebellions led to emancipation

BY SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, September, 30 2018    

Contrary to the general acceptance of the idea that slave rebellions brought about the liberation of the slaves, and while there is no intent on my part to disavow the significance of the relentless series of those slave insurrections by our ancestors for freedom, the role of tribal... Read More

ZOSO could be the beginning of the end of garrison rule

BY JASON MCKAY | Sunday, September, 30 2018    

In the late 1960s Jamaica began refining the process of gang-controlled zones with the rise of a young Claude Massop. Read More

Building societies, securing the future

Andrew Holness | Sunday, September, 30 2018    

The following is a lightly edited version of the statement made at the general debate of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2018:  Read More

Crime — The political football

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, September, 30 2018    

Your neighbour knows you are alive, but only you know how you are living. — Oromo proverb, Ethiopia  Read More

Mental health matters too

BY Amanda Quest | Friday, September, 28 2018    

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Strong women of Jamaica

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, September, 28 2018    

Our Jamaica has had among its residents some of the most interesting personalities. Some are still with us, while others have completed their journey with us. This week, I know of two women who made contributions so interesting that they should never be forgotten. Read More



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