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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...

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

The man who this newspaper has chosen to call Canaan Israel in an effort to protect his identity and safety has every right to feel let down by the system.Except that to say 'system' is to suggest some...

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

Innocent until...The modern judicial system allows an accused person to publicly declare his or her innocence in a court of law, as a means of protecting that individual's rights under the Constitution.

Published:Monday | May 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Instead of going away, the issue surrounding the American law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips is becoming more and more a part of us.

Published:Monday | May 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Recently, when part of the multi-storey house under construction in King Weston (rural St.Andrew) collapsed killing the contractor and injuring four workmen, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) put a stop order on further ...

Published:Monday | May 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Should the more intense of the negotiations on the weekend in the United Kingdom result in a formal agreement, a likely coalition government formed by David Cameron's Conservatives (the Tories) and Nick Clegg's centre-left Liberal Democrats is in the...

Published:Monday | May 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

One way to pay teachers - Here is an alternative way that the Government should seriously consider in dealing with the debts they owe the teachers: Waive the income taxes that the teachers would pay from their monthly salaries...

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