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The Trump administration’s cornering the market for the only antiviral drug approved for use against COVID-19 – and boasting about it – is vulgar and insensitive. The Caribbean, though, shouldn’t only be chagrined by America’s behaviour. It should...

Some truths bear repeating. Not everything that is political corruption is a criminal offence because the politicians who make our laws choose not to criminalise all political corruption. They may choose to make stealing a few ackees a criminal...
Merlyn Hyde Riley

There is a Jamaican proverb that says, “What a joke fi yuh a death to mi”. Words cannot describe the horror, disbelief and shock I experienced when I heard Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck’s comments on Thursday, June 25, during the sitting of the...

The ‘more women in leadership’ conversation has never really grabbed me, since I have never been a big fan of deliberately and unnaturally trying to change the demographics in leadership spaces. I have always felt that the most committed and...

There is the old cliché about the United States (US) sneezing and everyone else catching its cold. These days, and in a literal sense, Jamaica’s biggest worry from America is the spread of the COVID-19 virus. And this newspaper is concerned that...

The boldness of Senator Dr Saphire Longmore was once again seen in Parliament as she confronted the issue of placing limitations on a woman’s right to report sexual harassment she experienced to a year. As I applaud the senator for taking on the...

The economic development of Jamaica is extremely important, but it has to be done in the right way and with appropriate regard to damage to the environment and the living conditions of its people. It is, therefore, critical that the instruments...

Jamaica is rightly proud of its record for press freedom, for which the international watchdog group, Reporters Without Borders, based on its 2019 review, currently ranks the island sixth of 180 countries. Indeed, when the rankings were announced...

Sexual harassment is no laughing matter. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and verbal and physical harassment of a sexual nature in the workplace or places of learning traumatise countless persons every year. Jamaica currently...

I am happy that Karl Samuda has been confirmed as minister of education. He will listen, and he knows what he does not know. Some of the surly uber-tribalists who coveted the post need time to learn humility and gain experience. My hunch is that...
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