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Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Hardly anyone is surprised that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) declined Mr Bruce Golding's offer of resignation as its leader and as prime minister of Jamaica.That decision is not because ranking members of the ruling party...

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A vicious viral rumour - About 3:30 yesterday afternoon (Monday, May 16), a viral rumour began spreading of possible civil disruptions in the downtown Kingston area.

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party's defence of its leader is centred on defending an allegation that he lied to Parliament. But nobody has made that allegation. Certainly, I have not. It's clearly alleged that he misled Parliament which is a different spinning of webs entirely.

Published:Monday | May 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Our suspicion is that Prime Minister Bruce Golding, although badly battered and seriously compromised by the Christopher Coke extradition affair, is not going anywhere.

Published:Monday | May 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica first - It was reported recently that when Information Minister Daryl Vaz was asked whether the issue of Bruce Golding's resignation had been placed before a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) executive meeting, Vaz seemed evasive...

Published:Monday | May 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

As suspected and borne out now by the recent unravelling of events, party politics reigns supreme and governance suffers.

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It was an unflattering display on the part of Jamaica's leader of government in Gordon House last Tuesday evening. Of course, he had resolutely placed himself in a thoroughly awkward position - certainly in matters of extradition - astride two horses at the same time, that of party leader and that of prime minister.

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

While the news in Jamaica last week was dominated by the Manatt issue and will most likely continue for some time, some people might have been watching the looming financial crisis in Europe. Fear that it could become full-blown led to persisting volatility in financial markets worldwide.

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Plato's famous image of governance as the honourable command of the ship of state has absolutely no currency in Jamaica today. Thanks to the self-styled 'driver', Bruce Golding, the Jamaican state is now a crashed minibus. And all of us are accident victims.

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Mr Greg Christie has been neither shy nor apologetic about placing the full weight of his office behind ensuring that the Government's procurement rules are adhered to, the contracting process is free of corruption, and that taxpayers receive value for money spent, ostensibly, on their behalf. That has been of benefit to Jamaica.

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The proverb, 'It takes a village to raise a child', is rooted in the worldview of many cultural groups on the African continent. The Igbo and Yoruba peoples of Nigeria are reputed to have translated this belief in their communal approach to child rearing. In 1996, Hilary Clinton used this proverb to be the title of her book on the communal responsibility in the important pursuit of raising our children.

Published:Saturday | May 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica - the people of Jamaica who put the various governments in power in a "democratic" system - needs a lawyer. We, the people, need to hire a lawyer (maybe a foreign one or a foreign firm of lawyers ) to protect Jamaica from the Government's selling out of our land and resources to foreign powers such as Spain and China.

Published:Saturday | May 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It was about 4 o'clock on the morning of December 14, 1960. I was sound asleep having read a 'Biggles' book until midnight. My father kept shaking me and I eventually tumbled out of bed, rubbing my eyes and complaining, "What happen? Thief come? The house burning down?" It was nothing as drastic as that but something much more momentous.

Published:Saturday | May 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The celebration of motherhood this year maintained its usual commercial edge ensuring that florists, restaurateurs and merchants filled their coffers and that Mother's Day maintained its tradition as one of the most significant days of the year.

Published:Saturday | May 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The recent revelations in Parliament by Prime Minister Bruce Golding that he sanctioned the proposal to engage Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to negotiate with the United States State Department in the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke extradition matter is cause for serious concern and has left the Government and people of Jamaica in a very compromising position.

Published:Friday | May 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Shattered dreams - To bring closure and healing to the nation's soul, I harboured the dream that the prime minister would establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe the nation's history of political violence.

Published:Friday | May 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Supporters of the People's National Party (PNP) taste blood and are moving in for the kill! The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) hacks are turning up the volume in support of their compromised leader and party.

Published:Friday | May 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is unlikely to have escaped the attention of the leadership of the People's National Party (PNP) that, despite the deepening anger and disaffection with the Golding administration, Jamaicans are not flocking...

Published:Thursday | May 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The decision of the editor-in-chief of The Gleaner to publish boldly the daily crime statistics on the front has got tongues wagging.This activist role of The Gleaner has not gone down well with some people.

Published:Thursday | May 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The readers who responded to last week's column on the Jamaica railway had one thing in common. They all shared the same deep rooted and nostalgic memories from past association with a railroad that had become a special part of their lives.

Published:Thursday | May 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Bruce Golding, we conclude, knowingly and deliberately, misled Jamaica about his, and his government's involvement in the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips affair.

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

We hope Prime Minister Bruce Golding had time for reflection during his well-needed holiday. Perhaps, this introspection will allow him to discern the dangerous, imprudent and, on the face of it, selfish game he is playing with the fortunes of the country...

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

Among the most deeply engrained 'habits of the heart' of any nation is the tendency of its citizens to prefer either public solutions or private solutions to problems that arise in...

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

An email warning is circulating about a motorcycle gang that has been targeting persons who withdraw large sums of money from commercial banks in various parts of the capital.

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

United Kingdom oil giant BP Plc is teaching the world lessons that hundreds of scientists and one 'Inconvenient Truth' could not.Finally, we must acknowledge the reality that if we do not respect and protect our planet...

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