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Published:Tuesday | June 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

May God have mercy on us all - I regret profoundly the loss of human life as a consequence of the impasse between the Government and the Tivoli Gardens community of west Kingston.I pray that when the dust has settled...

Published:Tuesday | June 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

JUST BECAUSE the Old Ball and Chain had a bad day...It began with no water until 7 a.m. Despite her voluminous domestic staff, Old BC's mornings have started at 5:30 washing clothes. Now, only clothes washing can defeat rising...

Published:Tuesday | June 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There are Cabinet members who represent constituencies with active criminal gangs and political thugs with, to put it politely, influence over far more votes than their own - sometimes to the benefit of ministers. Ministers, in this...

Published:Monday | May 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In the face of last week's direct challenge to the Jamaican state by terrorist militias, particularly in the west Kingston enclave of Tivoli Gardens, Prime Minister Bruce Golding is right to have put back on the legislative agenda a series of anti-crime bills ...

Published:Monday | May 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

TRUTH COMMISSION CALL - The call for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission similar to the one held in post-apartheid South Africa, has fallen on deaf ears.

Published:Monday | May 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Long before we had CD and MP3 technology for compacting, storing and retrieving music, we had vinyl records. They always had a flip side so, while side A was being played...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A few years ago, I visited the world- famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen and brought back one of the beautiful brochures for Eddie Seaga.

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Is Jamaica a failing state? Or is it merely a state that has yet to succeed? I have been thinking a lot about this question lately.

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Americans living in the Gulf States have taken a staggering blow to their economy and ecology from the BP oil rig explosion and spill, the effects of which are likely to be felt for many years.

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Edward Seaga's call for an end to the security initiative in Tivoli Gardens must be ignored, and there must be resistance to all attempts to weaken the resolve of the security forces to go after gangs and other...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Once, in a faraway land, a popular and long-serving prime minister who had led his party to many election victories decided to call it a day.

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The reputation of our security forces has taken a further battering based on their handling of some aspects of the Tivoli crisis. The most glaring has to be the way they have treated the dead, which at last count was more than 70.

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Since the prime minister's announcement that the process for the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke would take place, not only have we witnessed the physical and mental destruction of a community, but we have witnessed an intentional onslaught by the security forces on a poor, innocent and misled people.

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

During the week, I listened to the introduction of objection, to the holding of examinations during the unrest related to the state of emergency. The protagonists expressed themselves with emotion, vigour and anger, which gave the impression that enough thought had not been given to the issue.

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

When swift, decisive action is required by an individual, the British way of determining whether you are up to it is to ask, "Are you man or mouse?" The British, of course, do not know anything about the mice in Antigua where I live.

Published:Friday | May 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I titled my column last week 'Samfie politics and bounceback' and I ended with these words: "In the meantime, the garrison story come up to bump! The mother of all garrisons has barricaded itself, and will not easily give up its don.

Published:Friday | May 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It took a long time and much pressure - domestically and from the United States - to persuade Prime Minister Bruce Golding to do the right thing by going after the reputed narco-boss Christopher Coke who the Americans want...

Published:Friday | May 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A tourist's perspective - My girlfriend and I were staying for a week at the Bahia Principe resort.

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

When the dust settles on this week's operation in West Kingston to flush out reputed narco-boss Christopher Coke, there will still be a major job to be done: retrieving and rehabilitating Tivoli Gardens.For one obvious...

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

AT THIS psychological moment, Jamaica is mourning the loss of life of its citizens - whether they be gunmen or members of the security or other citizens.

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE FAMOUS quote by Edmund Burke has been playing on my mind all week: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."All the evil that is emanating from Tivoli Gardens has come about because for too...

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On Thursday last, an unnamed woman expressed solidarity with Christopher 'Dudus' Coke by stating that "Dudus next to God." This affirmation portrays how she perceived both God and Dudus.

Published:Wednesday | May 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE OPERATION by the Jamaican security forces in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens is not yet over, so there can as yet be no full assessment of its achievements.

Published:Wednesday | May 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The state of civil unrest has shocked, caused disbelief and horror among the entire citizenship of Jamaica.When will it end and what will be the human cost when the dust has settled? Renato Adams, who had said that guns were in...

Published:Tuesday | May 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Calls for Mr. Golding's resignation are not from the lack of forgiveness or even lack of understanding of the position in which he finds himself.

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