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Jamaica’s two big political machines are about to embark on a spending binge in support of their general election campaigns. Between them, if circumstances require it, and they have the money, the outlay, legally, could be as much as J$3.15 billion...
Dr Keith Rowley

The view (often expressed) that in Jamaica we have no problems with race prejudice, but only class prejudice, is naïve and false. We sociologists – whose business is to study race and class issues – know better. The recent furore over the...
Denise Antonio, UNDP Resident Representative in Jamaica.

A 19th-century tradition of packing stones into wire baskets, then stacking these baskets into unsteady hillsides has been routinely proven to stabilise landslide-prone areas, saving lives, livelihoods and housing stock right here in 21st century...

It is almost a cliché for pundits to declare an election to be the most consequential in a country’s history. Usually, it is hyperbole. We will not make that claim about the general election that is soon to be held in Jamaica. It is beyond doubt,...

The Caribbean countries have an unusual place in international trade. Collectively, they have a sizeable GDP and population similar to some developed economies. Judging their strength by their average income, they fall in the middle of the scale...

Crime and corruption became entrenched in Jamaica in the 1970s, when both parties were involved in creating garrisons, arming their followers and directing violence. The homicide rate in Jamaica, which was close to the world average at the time of...

Geography, historic relations and the reality of American power – military and economic – and old-fashioned good sense require that Jamaica pays attention to the geopolitical concerns of the United States. It doesn’t mean, though, that we should...

For the last few decades, Caribbean nurses have been migrating to developed countries (mainly United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom) to pursue a more desirable way of life, in the hope that they will achieve better salaries, improvement in...

I was intrigued by a Washington Post article written by Kate Chappell and titled ‘Jamaica’s high court rules school can ban dreadlocks’. The matter had been going on in Jamaica for a couple of years, but now the article was telling the world that...

Two years ago, less one month, I moved a motion for the House of Representatives to “examine the present and future viability of the cane and sugar industry in Jamaica”. The Government, who sets the agenda for Parliament, has not found time for us...
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