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Stories by Ian Boyne

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:59 AMIan Boyne

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 12:53 AMIan Boyne

There has been much focus on the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO) Bill (now law) over the past few weeks, but there is another kind of zones which might make it unnecessary for us to declare any further ZOSO after Round One. I refer to the...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:51 AMIan Boyne

The Gleaner’s focus on corruption beginning today will, predictably, concentrate on legislation, regulations, systems, processes and institutional reform. All of that is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in dealing with corruption in...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne

You are a young, ambitious person in search of prosperity. You studied hard and sacrificed a lot for your degree. You want to leave your parents' home and start one of your own. But you have been hit with a double whammy: increased rental or home-...

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne

The problem of child sexual abuse is an endemic in Jamaica. And it has been for a long time. It is just that we are more sensitive about, and morally outraged by, this issue than previous generations.It was a couple of years ago that it dawned on me...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 12:42 AMIan Boyne

Two parents abandon their three-year-old girl at home to party while she is taken away, allegedly raped and chopped to death. A woman sentenced with her common-law husband for human trafficking said her arrest saved a her life as she herself had...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 11:22 AMIan Boyne

The People’s National Party (PNP) massive has been summoned to Half-Way Tree this evening, ground zero for PNP election announcement, the party fired up by its four per cent lead over the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). The trumpet will give no...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) has reacted with alarm to the offer of help by Jamaica's gay lobby group to ease the plight of gay students in schools who are allegedly being shunned by guidance counsellors."The NPTAJ...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 10:30 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Chris Gayle’s appalling display of unprofessionalism and impropriety has provoked outlandish statements on opposite sides of the raging debate. In his machismo defence of Gayle, sportscaster and comedian Oral Tracey said on All Angles,...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has put his fingers squarely on the overarching economic challenge which faces Jamaica this year."The challenge for any Jamaican government this year is to maintain the fiscal programme and stimulate growth at the...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

EVEN COMBATANTS at war have traditionally called a ceasefire during Christmas. So powerful and passionate has been the hold of Christmas on people. But militant secularists and atheists inAmerica have no such scruples and have announced no ease-up...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

The Lady saw the LightThe crisis in decadent dancehall deepened last week. The annual showcase of vulgarity and the glorification of criminality, Sting, is providing no cover this year for today's poster boys and girls of decadence. Vybz Kartel is...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

One of the largest meetings of world leaders opened last week in Paris as nearly 200 countries began a two-week conference looking at the issue of climate change. It is an issue that cannot be overemphasised. Jamaica is among those small island developing states that are gravely affected by climate change, both in terms of our vulnerability to natural hazards and our water woes and environmental degradation....

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Irrespective of which political party wins the next election - whenever it is called - it is the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that will assume power. Despite all the prancing and tracing on the campaign trail, and the promises of Utopia being...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

The massive Sunday evening Comrade Service expected for Half-Way Tree today is off, Portia's Master not having yet made the call to her to sound the trumpet for the congregation to assemble. Instead, the Comrades who were bursting with expectancy...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

National Security Minister Peter Bunting announced his security surge last week in response to the crime surge sweeping Jamaica, with the country experiencing a 22 per cent increase in murders since the start of the year.The military will join the...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2015 | 11:13 PMIan Boyne, Contributor

The big, nasty brawl in Parliament last week over security - just the latest episode of parliamentary crassness - reflects the heat on the streets as the crime scene hots up yet again.While the politicians are content to play the blame game,...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

For St Hilda's High School, the only decent, sensible and just thing to do was to reinstate the young lady - which the board finally did last Friday after creating a big mess. Jade Bascoe was vindicated and the school did the right thing after its...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Michael Abrahams, Patrick White, Ethon Lowe, and other Jamaican non-theists are not touching some of the biggest philosophical and theological problems for Christians.Abrahams has exercised himself a lot about the alleged atrocities attributed to...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

America is increasingly secularist, with the rise of the 'nones' - those who profess no religion - being a notable phenomenon, and its standard religious fare solidly Protestant. But you would never know that from how mesmerised that country has...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Michael Abrahams has set off another firestorm of controversy and outrage over his online Monday Gleaner column, 'The God of the Bible is not merciful', in which he listed a number of charges against God.In that column, he lambastes God for...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

The stunning news of the RJR-Gleaner merger on the eve of Independence Day could be seen as fortuitous or brilliant timing, suggesting that this $1.5-billion deal actually strengthens independence. Lester Spaulding, RJR chairman and soon-to-be-head...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was on target to make the link at the United Nations (UN) Security Council between transnational crime, drug trafficking and development. Her call for multilateral debt relief in the context of discussing...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMIan Boyne, Contributor

I have always maintained that Jamaica has been too ambivalent about crime. On the one hand, we are incensed and outraged when there is an alarming increase in crime and we shout in panic for the Government to 'do something'. But when tough action or...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 11:06 PMIan Boyne

US President Barack Obama must take time to seriously reflect on that sober, well-reasoned letter sent to him by five members of Congress last week urging him to use his political clout to get the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to relax its...

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