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Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Bianca is a pretty 22-year-old young woman who is as cynical about life as a slug is about table salt deliberately sprinkled on it."Free sex is rape," she said to me weeks ago, and I asked her to give me a fuller explanation. "My mother have five of...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMFairbairn Liverpool

The Independent West Indian Commission in its 1992 report, Time for Action, called on the region to be active in promoting a more appropriate system of international security. It advocated that such a system would no longer hold the region hostage...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There seems to be general consensus in policymaking circles that the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-inspired inflation targeting technique is the most suitable nominal anchor for the Jamaican economy at this time.A nominal anchor is generally...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So, now, Jamaica is said to have declared a third state of emergency (SOE).Like the first two, it has been widely welcomed as a much-needed crime-fighting tool to address the mayhem being visited upon citizens by inordinately high crime, and...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On the face of it, I like the idea of my Supreme Court justices being appointed by a process of being dragged through the legislature. Two sets of elected politicians, the Government and Opposition, have a select group of wise men and women asking...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As much as I champion the need for real Jamaican press freedom, media often leave me shaking my head.In my opinion, a pivotal event for Jamaica's future hopes took place at the National Arena on Saturday, September 15, but not one media house...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Come January next year, all those who once imported plastic items such as drinking straws, 'scandal' bags less than 2ft square, and styrofoam meal containers will have to sneak these in through Customs and run the risk of huge fines of millions of...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

An animated Dr Peter Phillips delivered some important messages to Comrades and country at his party's 80th anniversary conference last Sunday. But who's listening? Peter is no Michael for charisma and oratorical potency, but those of us old enough...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In a book written by them about them, they describe themselves as the people chosen by God. The historical occupants of Israel might not be the current residents. However, the Jamaican prime minister is exploring greater cooperation with them, thus...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Let me declare interest. I am a Baptist and a Calabar old boy. I attended that institution in the 1950s, and on leaving school became a member and secretary of the Old Boys' Association.And, oh yes, while I am at it, I should add that I was for some...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Democracy is alive when political Opposition is awake.Both national newspapers, Sunday, August 26, published an article by Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips condemning "partisan political bias"in the operations of the Public Service Commission...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is the second of a two-part series on inflation target, exchange rate, and low wages.Inflation targeting and price stability are the catchphrases that everyone might as well get familiar with. Time must be spent understanding their implications...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ten years ago this month, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection, triggering the 2008 crash and the subsequent Great Recession from which the world's economies have still not fully recovered. Will we look back on...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The rise of the Dawkins family from lowly Jamaican overseers to affluent members of the British Parliament is not unique to our history. It took three generations and greatly benefited from the marriage of Henry Dawkins to the daughter of Edward...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Climate change is the defining issue of our time - and we are at a defining moment. We face a direct existential threat. Climate change is moving faster than we are. If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:44 AM

Jamaica’s biggest cancer is the nexus between unemployment and underemployment, which is the root cause of the escalating crime rate. If we are to break this unholy umbilical linkage, we must be bold and think outside the box to create new...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:23 AMGordon Robinson

For more than 10 years I’ve used these columns to press for radical constitutional change. I’ve made it clear that I believe Jamaica is doomed unless we radically reconstruct our country to give it a chance for success. My premise...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:10 AM

As Caribbean economies reposition and restructure their operations to achieve significantly higher and more sustainable levels of economic growth, the call by policymakers and public commentators for the higher-education sector...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

T​heatre packed at launching of People’s Party’, The Daily Gleaner reported on a crowded front page on Monday morning, September 19, 1938.That was the Ward Theatre, in which the People's National Party (PNP) had been launched the day before....

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Monopoly situations are often undesirable because the monopolist has very little incentive to lower cost (and hence price) or improve quality. Competition, on the other hand, puts pressure on a firm to lower prices (or at least restrict increases)...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's not a surprise that our country is still infested with many young and not-so-young men who are prepared now and will be so prepared tomorrow to use their firepower on sections of the society.The gunfire between members of the security forces...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Economic reform is never easy. This is especially the case when the policy matters under consideration are highly technical in nature and the public space for informed and in-depth commentary is underdeveloped.Monetary policy - the process by which...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Do you have a vision for Jamaica? Or are you more concerned with either keeping or putting 'your' party in 'power'? Can you see beyond your party's prospects to catch a glimpse of Jamaica's future? If yes, what does it look like to you?If you have...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"I think I may have wasted my time in talking to him," the Jamaican professor wrote in his email to me. Later that same day as we spoke, he joked, "And I even wore a jacket and tie that day."My friend, the professor, once lectured in the maths...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the interest of bipartisan support for new policing measures, a little concession could be made to Fitz Jackson and the Opposition PNP for which he is spokesman on national (in)security.The members of the latest new branch of the Jamaica...

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