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Stories by Michael Abrahams

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:05 AM

I must confess that I have ambivalent feelings toward Jehovah’s Witnesses. As members of a denomination, I have found them to be the most pleasant and friendly and I feel deep affection for all that I know....

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:05 AM

It was 2:30 am and I was sleeping soundly but was awakened by the familiar default ringtone of my iPhone. I glanced at the screen and, on seeing a familiar name, promptly took the call. It was Andrene*, and it was...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:05 AM

Every now and then, a celebrity is accused of sexual assault or rape, and in addition to the primary accuser, others will come forward and speak of similar assaults by the perpetrator years ago that were not...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:56 AMMichael Abrahams

As a gynaecologist, certain instruments are essential to my practice: vaginal speculums, my ultrasound machine, and my iPod. Yes. My iPod. The device is never far from me, and it contains more than 15,000 songs of different genres. In addition, all...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 7:33 PMMichael Abrahams

I absolutely enjoyed comedian Michelle Wolf’s presentation at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wolf took shots at several targets, including herself (referring to her hair, small breasts and voice), journalists and Democrats...

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 5:46 AMMichael Abrahams

April is Cancer Awareness Month, and this year the focus is on cervical cancer. Being a gynaecologist, this is right up my alley, literally and figuratively. I always get excited speaking about this type of cancer, because it is the only one that...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 9:44 PMMichael Abrahams

One day at my office, a patient visited me for her annual gynaecological examination. I discovered that she had a vaginal infection, prescribed medication for her, and advised her to abstain from sex until after the course of treatment was...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 6:01 PMMichael Abrahams

Peter Bunting and Garnett Roper’s recent remarks likening the Jamaica Labour Party’s Dr Nigel Clarke to a black Englishman aspiring to be “black royalty” have created a firestorm. They have received a deluge of scathing...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:52 AMMichael Abrahams

Father Fernando Karadima appeared to be a really cool guy. A very popular figure in Chile, he was a spiritual leader and father figure for many young men in Santiago, the nation’s capital. Based in the parish Parroquia El Bosque, he mingled...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 3:34 AMMichael Abrahams

A random act of kindness (RAOK) is a selfless act performed to help arbitrary strangers, for no reason other than to make them happier...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:25 AMMichael Abrahams

Our society is broken. Crime, violence and corruption are taking a formidable toll on us. If you are a Jamaican living in Jamaica and have never been a victim of a violent crime, it is almost a certainty that you know people who have. We complain...

Published:Monday | September 4, 2017 | 12:57 AMMichael Abrahams

On the night of July 9 last year, three-year-old Nevalesia Campbell in Orange Hill, St Ann, went missing. The gruesome discovery of the child’s body in a gully the next morning sent ripples of shock, anger and disgust across the country. She...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 12:47 AMMichael Abrahams

In 2014 when Arnaldo Brown, former minister of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in the People’s National Party (PNP) administration, racked up a million-dollar phone bill, there was a huge outcry, and rightly so. Our...

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 12:06 AMMichael Abrahams

I don’t like the word ‘promiscuous’. It sounds rather judgemental to me. I recall someone defining a promiscuous person as "someone who has more sex than me", which made me laugh, but also understand the point being made...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 12:53 AMMichael Abrahams

A female friend of mine used to tell me, many years ago, that "people do the best they know how". She would often say this during discussions about people who exhibited offensive or antisocial behaviour, and I would challenge her by...

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 12:35 AMMichael Abrahams

Women. Damn, I love them. They are the most wonderful and fascinating inhabitants of the planet.But why are women so mean to one another? James Brown sang, "It's a man's, man's, man's world," and it's true. Men are in charge of the third rock from...

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 5:10 AMMichael Abrahams

As times change, so does fashion. We had the miniskirt in the sixties, and the Afro was everywhere in the seventies, being gradually replaced in the eighties by 'big hair'. Some fashion trends seem to last, like mini skirts. I don’t think that I...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 5:21 AMMichael Abrahams

Sex is a wonderful thing, and people everywhere are doing it. For most who voluntarily engage, it is one of the most enjoyable activities on Earth, and possibly on other planets as well. There are many different types of sex and sexual activites,...

Published:Monday | April 10, 2017 | 12:40 AMMichael Abrahams

Humans have made tremendous advances during our time on the planet. We are able to converse with people in distant places on handheld devices while looking at their faces on small screens. We can travel by land, sea or air rapidly and with ease, and...

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 12:50 AMMichael Abrahams

Cervical cancer continues to be a major health issue. Worldwide, it is both the fourth-most common cause of cancer and the fourth-most common cause of death from cancer in women. But the malady is easily avoidable. The Pap smear is a test that has...

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 12:55 AMMichael Abrahams

The Tambourine Army describes itself as a “radical social-justice movement committed to uprooting the scourge of sexual violence and safeguarding the rights of women and girls”. Co-founder Latoya Nugent was arrested last week and...

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 6:17 AMMichael Abrahams

What would life be like without humour and laughter? Very boring, huh? We know that they help us to navigate our way through this cruel world by helping us to cope with stress, and that they make us feel good. But what is underappreciated is the...

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:04 AMMichael Abrahams

I have a very uneasy feeling about Donald Trump’s presidency, and the possible consequences of his actions have already begun to concern me. Trump’s mantra is ‘America First’, but he shows blatant disregard for certain...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:56 AMMichael Abrahams

The Moravian Church sex scandal has escalated a national conversation on the sexual abuse of children. The story reads like a sordid soap opera, with allegations and revelations being spat out at maddening velocity. Apart from the alleged victims...

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