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Published:Thursday | July 9, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans, on the face of it, have a paradoxical attitude towards corruption. We know it is a problem, moan a lot about it, and want it to go away. Yet, corruption, the pollsters say, has little impact on how we elect governments. Voters,...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 6:52 AM

It’s a pity that life is “so urgent”. For, were it not, suggested C.L.R. James in Beyond a Boundary, his classic study of history, race, class and colonialism in the West Indies through the lens of cricket, he would have spent a year talking to a...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Another CARICOM Day has passed. It was acknowledged to varying degrees across the region and at diplomatic missions overseas. The CARICOM secretary general, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque, made a statement on Saturday, July 4, congratulating the...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:06 AM

I remember, in the days of my youth, scoring a deciding goal shortly before the final whistle blew in a football match. My elation was short-lived as, on leaving the field, I was bombarded by supporters of the other team shouting “teef” in my...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Recently, I saw a post by one of my past students asking, what would Mrs Cooke have to say at assembly the Monday morning after the death of George Floyd. I smiled to myself and thought, “They were really listening.” As an educator, I felt it was...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:13 AM

As Jamaica prepares for its next cycle of parliamentary and local government elections, the campaign debate will, hopefully, clarify that municipal authorities are not supposed to be handmaidens of ruling-party legislators. At least local...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:11 AMImran Khan/Guest Columnist

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is currently deliberating on the most important non-case that it has ever had to hear. The leaders of Guyana’s main opposition, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), have brought an appeal to the CCJ seeking to...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:12 AM

The public has a legitimate interest in, and an absolute right to know, the substance of the ruling by the director of public prosecutions (DPP) on whether Lisa Hanna, the People’s National Party’s member of parliament (MP) for South East St Ann,...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:12 AM

Until vaccines (hopefully) offer safe, effective and long-term immunity to the SARS-CoV2 virus, we will be forced to avoid congregating, intimate greetings, unprotected outings, and we must reduce our exposure time to public spaces. We need to...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:12 AM

Recently, I found myself reflecting on the story of Abraham and Isaac, found in the Bible (Genesis 22). According to the tale, God commands Abraham to offer Isaac, his only son, as a sacrifice, a burnt offering. Abraham obeyed and took Isaac up a...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:09 AM

Face the truth. Two-thirds of those placed in high schools will wish that they had been assigned elsewhere – to what they and the society consider a ‘better’ school. Saying that a large proportion will be going to one of the six schools they...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:57 AM

Born a decade after Jamaica’s independence and having come to adulthood long after the ideological skirmishes of the 1970s, Prime Minister (PM) Andrew Holness often portrays himself as a post-independence leader who doesn’t carry the baggage of the...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:34 AM

Delroy Chuck’s major error was to apologise. Don’t ever apologise to a mob, and certainly not if what they’re accusing you of is nonsense. It won’t end well. By very definition the hive-mind of social media, once activated, intends to use you as ‘...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:34 AM

These overdue questions are being asked directly of Jamaica’s justice minister on the occasion of the 127th anniversary of the birth of the Right Excellent Norman Washington ‘N.W.’ Manley – a Rhodes scholar some six decades before him – whose...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:33 AM

The driver of the grey Mitsubishi Pajero who crushed the skull of Demar Lilly while stealing a bottle of his honey is still at large at the time of writing. But the silence is deafening so we shall move on. Dr Alfred Xuma was the first black South...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:31 AM

Former Energy Minister Andrew Wheatley is guilty of nothing! And anyone who says that he is, is just as guilty of what he is being accused of. Of course, I put my helmet on after the first stone is thrown at me for that introduction. However, we...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:30 AM

On a visit to Senegal in 2018, I got caught in a surprisingly hostile conversation about the origins of hip-hop. I’d been invited to speak at a colloquium on ‘Reclaiming Black Civilizations: Finishing the Decolonization Process.’ It was one of...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Petrojam appears to have thrown away the rule book and decided to operate like a rogue public entity. This is one of the conclusions one may arrive at even from a cursory reading of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica investigation carried out by...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:14 AM

Having looked at the agencies involved in administering the 2015 amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) and how persons can access and use ganja legally in my last column, we can now delve into how to access business opportunities in the...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:14 AM

One of my teachers, Brother Anselm, had a great sense of humour and generally liked my quips in class. However, one day, tired of my antics, he warned me, “On a tombstone in Tombstone is written, ‘He kept asking for it until he got it’.” Despite...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:29 AM

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...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:28 AM

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...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:28 AMPatricia Green/Guest Columnist

This year began with COVID-19 pandemic thrusting a ‘new normal’; the focus also has moved to Black Lives Matter (BLM) following the sad death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA. The latest action is persons of all colours and creed overthrowing...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:15 AM

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...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:00 AM

MICHAEL BELNAVIS should have long since resigned his post as chairman of the St Ann Municipal Corporation (SAMC), if not his seat for the council’s Ocho Rios division, pending the outcomes of administrative, and probably criminal, investigations...

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