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Published:Sunday | June 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

ON THURSDAY, there was a funeral for Keith Clarke, the brother of former minister of government and a regular columnist in this newspaper, Claude Clarke.

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

IF THE Tivoli Gardens insurgency did nothing else, it should have concentrated minds on the weakness of the Jamaican state and its vulnerability to open and violent challenges, including from narco-terrorists.

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

SHARP CLASHES OF opi-nion have so far characterised debate in the Lower House on the six anti-crime bills now before Parliament.

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The nation has been gripped by a national-security dilemma for so long that we tend to forget other pertinent matters which require urgent attention.

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR Sir:IN MY school days, I was taught that the Kingston Harbour was one of the most beautiful in the world.

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:THE SECURITY forces in the past few weeks have demonstrated strong resolve in facing the criminal elements who challenged the sovereignty of our Government.

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:THE SEEMINGLY harsh measures proposed to tackle criminality and gangsterism are commendable.

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I KNEW what a 'boo-boo' was long before I knew how to boo.

Published:Friday | June 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

"In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve" (attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859).JAMAICA SUFFERS from a deficit of leadership.

Published:Friday | June 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Memories can, indeed, be short and selective. But we hardly expect them to recede so rapidly and to have become so skewed that we forget or misapprehend what happened in Jamaica a fortnight ago.

Published:Friday | June 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I know not the man - My home was recently raided and searched by the security forces in their hunt for fugitive Christopher Coke.

Published:Thursday | June 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

AFTER PRIME Minister Bruce Golding's national broadcast of remorse, Dr Horace Chang, ally of Golding, stated on CVM TV's 'Direct' programme if there was a contract between Manatt, Phelps and Phillips and the Government of Jamaica, then Golding should...

Published:Thursday | June 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I SPENT the last few weeks adjusting my armchair to find the best comfort zone from which to watch the World Cup. The chair has been moved a thousand times, the TV constantly shifted to a better angle...

Published:Thursday | June 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

PROFESSOR TREVOR Munroe is entirely correct in urging the authorities to move with dispatch against the assets of Christopher Coke, the reputed crime boss whose henchmen so openly challenged the authority...

Published:Tuesday | June 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE BABEL coming out of the babble since the events of Labour Day, prescribing solutions to our political crisis, ranges from a quasi-military solution to the problem of crime and violence, to cleansing the political deck...

Published:Tuesday | June 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The authorities may have had entirely good reasons for establishing the Financial Investigation Division (FID) as part of the finance ministry rather than part of the regular police.But after nearly a decade of the FID's...

Published:Tuesday | June 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Gun amnesty - With the war against 'shottas' now in motion, I think the implementation of a gun amnesty would be a great help in getting the guns out of hiding places the security forces may never find....

Published:Monday | June 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

DR HERBERT Gayle is a social anthro-pologist at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, whose research into understanding gangs in Jamaica has won him respect globally.So when Dr Gayle analyses...

Published:Monday | June 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

PM leading gang clean-up A good leader does not necessarily lead the people where they want to go, he instead leads them where he knows they should be. The prime minister has, over the past few months, demonstrated to us that as a leader one...

Published:Monday | June 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

IT IS now time to speak the truth and apportion blame. I say speak the truth first because this requires thought, it demands guts, and it holds the answers. It will literally 'set us free'. Only after we speak the whole truth...

Published:Monday | June 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

ALLEGORICALLY, Jamaican politics is like two rival buses that sought permission to operate their respective routes independent of any external control.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

AUDLEY SHAW did not say how he arrived at the figure, but suggests that it will cost around US$1 billion for the social interventions, community rehabilitation and security enhancements to make Jamaica safe from gangs.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

ALTHOUGH THERE were obvious signs before the battle in Tivoli Gardens that gang lords were determined to meet the security forces head-on, Jamaicans at home and abroad were shocked by the scale and deadly intent of the attacks carried out by the rebels.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Two Fridays ago, as I headed out to the Calabash International Literary Festival in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, I remembered one of Rex Nettleford's stinging witticisms: "Whenever you get tired of Jamaica, just leave Kingston."

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EVENTS of Monday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 25, 2010, are of our own making. The situation in Tivoli Gardens was allowed to develop for more than 40 years. A state seemingly outside of Jamaica's laws and regulations was allowed to exist by succeeding governments. We, the people of this nation, sat by and spoke of Tivoli Gardens in hushed tones and with fear.

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