Sun | Nov 18, 2018

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Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The last time I wrote about the treaty banning 'intermediate-range' nuclear missiles was 31 years ago, and I really thought I'd never have to visit that tedious subject again. More fool me.John Bolton, the ideologically rigid and bad-tempered man...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A man I know hit someone in anger who insulted him. It cost him his job. When asked why he allowed the situation to escalate to that level, with a cold calmness, he replied, "I'm a ghetto yute. All I have in this world is my pride. And if I don't...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It was Friday afternoon, but the embassy's Visa Desk was the busiest it had been all week.As usual, thousands of pending visa applications required processing, but what was overwhelming the department was the rising number of applicants for asylum...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The concept of 'bad mind' continues to ruin Jamaican society in a way I think is lost on the majority of people. It is an interesting concept from the perspective of how it serves as motivation to some people while acting as a blight on the success...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his finance minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, have both called on Jamaicans to pursue economic independence as the central national objective. This is consistent with Norman Manley's 1968 charge to the next generation to...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 1:25 AM

During a recent ‘tracing’ from a Christian acquaintance of mine on Facebook, I was told that I was “a viper and a serpent” and that I “belong in Hell”. I replied that being one of those reptiles is awesome,...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a priority for business leaders worldwide, and small island states like Jamaica are no exception.Scholars and business leaders alike sometimes disagree on the role of business in society. However, the...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's appropriate that the health minister, Christopher Tufton, has instructed the regional health authorities to audit the management of morgues at hospitals within their jurisdictions in the wake of the findings of a collapse of systems at the...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, Parliament went through the ritual of extending a state of emergency in St James and a zone of special operations in Mt Salem. I voted in favour of the extensions, not because of any justification given by the prime minister, but out of...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Nowadays, getting around most of Kingston and St Andrew is a serious and interesting undertaking. It used to be that going from Point A to Point B was a journey; now, it's an adventure.No longer can you tell anyone that you will be where you need to...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In his last column, published by The Washington Post last Wednesday, the disappeared and almost certainly murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi lamented the near-total absence of Arab countries, except for Tunisia, in the 'free' ledger of this...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently there's been a lot of writing and tweeting about Jamaican Patois, whether it ought to be recognised as a separate language, and whether it ought to be integrated into the school system as the primary language of instruction, thereby making...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Pon October 11, 2018, Gleaner put out one article wid dis ya headline, 'PEP in the universe of Patois'. Mi wonder if di smaddy weh write dat deh article know seh di 'universe of Patois' big an broad fi true. Fi wi Jamaican...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"Zimbabwe is open for business" was President Emmerson Mnangagwa's slogan in the July election that was supposed to show that the long and destructive reign of dictator Robert Mugabe, overthrown late last year, is really now a thing of the past. The...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have never seen a dirty Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) vehicle. Of course, that does not mean that they are constantly self-cleaning, but from motorbikes to armoured cars, Willys jeeps to helicopters, Corollas to Prados, I have never laid mine eyes...

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The activism around the 'right to bare arms' has sparked a very quiet but important conversation in some circles about the issues faced by our women that get more attention.Though they are not, in anyway, opposed to women being allowed to wear a...

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The issue of schoolgirls sitting in the laps of boys as they commute to school via public transportation was recently highlighted in this newspaper.A distraught Portland mother who was forced to withdraw her child from school said she was...

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

They say that fortune favours the bold. The wealthy say that to make money, you must take risks; the greater the risk, the higher the returns on investment. Yes, it's true. Now flip the coin and discover another truth: The greater the risk, the...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), while optimistic about the efforts to reintegrate persons who may be mentally ill, is concerned that the intended move may exacerbate lethal confrontations with the police.It is accepted that...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Whatever else may be the achievements of Audley Shaw, he did a great service for Jamaica during the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) long years in Opposition when he was the party's shadow finance minister and chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Days after the celebration of National Heritage Week, it is appropriate to focus on those aspects of our culture that give us our Jamaican identity, which make us feel comfortable in our Jamaican skin. Our Jamaican language is definitely part of our...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner editorial of October 15, 2018, titled 'Tax reform back on agenda', referencing comments made by University of the West Indies economist Damien King, quoted tax revenues as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) at 24%. This is not...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Calabar Theological College celebrates 175 years, and on Sunday, Karen Kirlew, first female president of the Jamaica Baptist Union, delivered the 15th annual George Liele lecture at the famed Calabar High School Chapel to mark this historic...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, there was a landmark case in the United Kingdom (UK) under the aegis of an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO), wherein a foreign national who had reportedly spent in excess of £16 million in Harrods department store over a 10-year period was...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's a given that people are drawn to investment schemes where the risks seem low and the rewards high. It's a psychology made for shysters, who play on the presumption of people's greed.Even in legitimate operations, promoters often play to the...

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