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Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:15 AMMartin Henry

Burning cigarette and blazing front page headline, “Deadly Trade”. What? Did a local newspaper find the courage to describe the tobacco trade a deadly trade as its lead story of the day? The fine print disappoints. The “business...

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry

The Americas have been officially declared measles-free. The first of the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions to be designated completely free from endemic transmission of the disease.The historic announcement was made by the International...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry

Last week, the country experienced the tragedy of a mother and her two children in St Mary dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning rarely happens by accident in a warm country like Jamaica, where homes and other buildings are...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

The rush is usually in the opposite direction. There are several depopulated schools in the area. And only recently Trench Town Comprehensive and Charlie Smith Comprehensive, with which I have some acquaintance, were merged. Falling student numbers...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made some powerful utterances for justice at last Monday's swearing-in ceremony for Justice Dennis Morrison as president of the Court of Appeal.Others spoke, including the governor general, the leader of the...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

We are just a day away from the 184th anniversary of the start of the Sam Sharpe slave protest and uprising in western Jamaica on December 28, 1831, which accelerated freedom for slaves in the British Empire. That freedom came just two and a half...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

Gleaner Online columnist Michael Abrahams has quickly learned what will stir up mass public response and deliver a big bang for a little buck. And he's working the formula to the max. Religion is one of those things, especially broadsides against...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

Something is happening in the hills of East Rural St Andrew! It could be big! I hope it gets really big! And it's not Juliet Holness' late candidacy for the JLP for the constituency.I'm glad that Mrs Holness' candidacy didn't crowd out the front...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 12:01 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

It was a dark moment in Black River last Sunday night.Comrades had poured into the St Elizabeth capital, the first town in Jamaica to have electric light, in 1893, for the meeting before the Big Meeting when the date would be announced. They left...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

Today should have been the public session of the annual conference of the JLP. In an unprecedented move, the party has cancelled the conference to be out in the field campaigning to 'save' Jamaica. Some have suggested that the cancellation is more...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

The prospects of an opposition senator voting in favour of the CCJ, to clear the two-thirds majority hurdle, were already slim. With the Malahoo Forte blowout and suspension, things look even dimmer for a switch.Two things are certain for the future...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributed

Africa's role in slaveryThis is absolutely the best of times to talk about the African participation in slavery. This is absolutely the worst of times to talk about the African participation in slavery.There is strong preference for uncomfortable...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 11:03 PMMartin Henry, Contributor

We've come to another National Heritage Week with foreigners apparently more willing to invest in preserving Jamaica's cultural artefacts than we ourselves are.The massive debate over reparations and the prison gift from the visiting British Prime...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

You would have seen the ad appearing here and there: "One Nation. One Mission. We are one team working together to make Jamaica a safer place. Let's work together." A dozen agencies falling under the Ministry of National Security are featured. If...

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2015 | 11:14 PMMartin Henry, Contributor

Last Wednesday, the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) launched the just-published autobiography of Walter Adolphe Roberts, These Many Years.There was a major traffic jam going down East Street where the NLJ, attached to the history-laden Institute...

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2015 | 11:06 PMMartin Henry, Contributor

A leading newspaper, which shall remain nameless, reported the NE St Andrew MP's bold recommendation for housing development for inner-city renewal under the blaring headline, 'Buy them out! Chuck wants poorer Jamaicans removed from lands with rich...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

The Pope has written to the world about the environment, which is in deep trouble, much of it caused by human action.The Bishop of Rome is the only head of state who believes he can send with authority a letter to the whole world. His latest...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:01 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

'No-P Jamaicans', the vast majority of the country, shouldn't join the Opposition in accepting Government minister Peter Bunting's apology for his' John Crow politics' statement.The apology is not sincere. And the Opposition knows it. But the...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

Atheist-for-the-time-being and vigorous public defender of that faith in the press, Michael Dingwall, has thrown Christians a challenge: 'Christianity needs a newer testament', he wrote in The Gleaner of June 17.I am deeply irked by people who suck...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 11:05 PMMartin Henry

I was to have travelled to the Dominican Republic recently. I look a lot like the Haitians and the Dominican descendants of Haitians living there.Recently, one of our morning dailies was cheerfully reporting 'Dom Rep not 'rounding up' Haitians',...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 1:42 PMMartin Henry

Yesterday, the Great American Republic commemorated another anniversary of its Declaration of Independence, the first since it has by judicial ruling declared itself a full-fledged homosexual state. This Fourth of July is, therefore, an extremely...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

We entered the hurricane season on June 1 with most of the usual predictors forecasting a quiet season this year. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the well-named NOAA, says it will be a quieter-than-normal season. And the...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry, Contributor

As Greece advised the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it would not be able to meet its due payment and the bolivar went into free fall in Venezuela, four of the world's biggest banks were fined more than US$5 billion after pleading guilty to...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry

Tomorrow, the country marks Labour Day, the actual date of the 23rd having fallen on a weekend day this year. And workers have to have a workday holiday as part of the crumbs falling from the master's table. Most workers would prefer more money.From...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry

Even as the minister of water, land, environment and climate change, Robert Pickersgill, was dotting the 'i's and crossing the Ts for his contribution to the Sectoral Debate last week, RJR was reporting online, 'Caribbean reefs in serious decline.'"...

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