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Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Another police officer has died, allegedly by his own hands, and there is, understandably, grief among his colleagues. Whenever this happens, we usually hear an "appeal to members of the force to avail themselves of the services available to them...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The enslavement of Africans by the Western Europeans is perhaps the worst tragedy in modern history. Nothing, including the complicity of continental Africans, the horrific treatment of other enslaved Africans by their peers during slavery, or the...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Sunday, Finance Minister Nigel Clarke was on form waxing about Jamaica's outstanding economic performance. So impressive was he when speaking to an area gathering of JLP party supporters that I am sure those in the audience and those hearing...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Within the last two weeks, the issue of Africa's culpability in the historic trafficking of our enslaved ancestors has been raised in your newspaper, one by Dr Orville Taylor, the other by Dr Glenville Ashby.While Dr Taylor took it for granted that...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Tuesday, Gleaner columnist Patria-Kaye Aarons wrote a piece titled 'A Royal joke', in which she spoke of the announcement of a government investment of US$7.4-million in a floating cruise-shipping terminal at Port Royal, a village rich in its...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMCuauhtemoc Ruiz-Matus and Lucia Helena de Oliveira

The scientific evidence is compelling: Vaccines work! Their power to prevent disease has been widely proven - so much so that disability and death from diseases such as smallpox and polio are now a thing of the past. Thanks to the availability of...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Now that exams and tests, or whatever they're called nowadays, are over, it's time for our young men and women to start thinking of how they are going to make a living, aka have a career. Given that government statistics tell us that 60 per cent of...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmanda Quest

Since the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill by then Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller almost three years ago, it appears to have fallen far off the legislative agenda. Whatever the reasons for the protracted delay in the retabling and passage...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is having difficulty paying Venezuela US$120 million under the PetroCaribe agreement.Don't jump to any conclusions. This has nothing to do with the troubles at Petrojam, the oil refinery that is half-owned by Venezuela, or with the general...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 11:19 PM

It was yet another fire, this time in May Pen. A number of uninhabitable zinc structures were gutted in what was believed to be gang-related reprisals.Last week, a debate, quite agitated, occurred as councillors grappled with vexing issues: Where do...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In light of the fallout of the Petrojam scandal, one of the issues that have surfaced is using members of the diaspora to serve on government boards. This is action that Jamaicans overseas have been openly calling for as a mechanism for them to...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For most men, monogamy is as unnatural as using a condom during sexual intercourse. Primarily for health or reproductive reasons, a condom is a necessary evil that men can't wait to dump in the waste bin after usage.The truth is today's monogamy is...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In a recent article published in The Gleaner titled 'Caribbean expats mean much to Britain', Lord Tariq Ahmad, the British minister of state with responsibility for the Caribbean, Commonwealth and the United Nations, took the opportunity to...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The recent public announcement by Flair Magazine dated July 9, 2018 of the expectancy of Krystal Tomlinson and her boo, Moses 'Beenie Man" Davis, has offended the sensibilities of at least one member of society who was...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If he is honest with himself, the typical policeman is likely to tell you that he does not trust the typical inner-city citizen. The person living on the edge of the gully where stink gases become awake at night to infect cramped rooms with multiple...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For all the controversies surrounding pastors and even the Pope, there is a deep Christian principle that I believe governs and should be universally applicable to how we deal with those with whom we have disputes or those who have done us harm.The...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It matters not much to me when the coined word 'bhuttu' was first used to describe an excess of social misbehaviour. What matters is that we know what the word means.It means the man who comes home at 9 p.m. with rum on his breath and beats up his...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I do believe that Jamaicans are so tired of scandals and fiascos that after a time, they will accept any proposed solution to a deep-seated and costly problem such as Petrojam without properly thinking it through. Compounding the situation is the...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

By accident of history, July 4 is both CARICOM Day and Independence Day for the United States. It is, as well, the birth date of Norman Manley, that great Jamaican regionalist who fought so hard for the West Indies Federation - and lost.On July 4,...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Bristol, in the county of Somerset in Britain, has a long heritage of maritime enterprise. It was from here that a Venetian, John Cabot, started his voyage of exploration to the New World, becoming the first European to reach the North American...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On Thursday, May 17, PM Holness defended the plan to build a new Parliament building at the expense of Allman Town and National Heroes Park. As edited by The Gleaner then me (for word count only), he said:"Discussions about a new Parliament building...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There was I, standing uncomfortably in the long receiving line to welcome the minister, who had kept his promise, "I shall return."I was at the time working out of the Ministry of Development, Planning and Production, not for the MDPP. So you see, I...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About a week ago, someone told me that JLP Minister of Energy Andrew Wheatley was going to resign or be fired by the PM the following day. I was told that PM Andrew Holness was under pressure by Cabinet ministers and elements in the private sector...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

After a brutal and painfully long election campaign that was, in essence, armed conflict between urban and inner-city thugs allied to the JLP and the PNP, the Seaga-led JLP Oppositiondevastated the Manley-led PNP at the polls in October 1980.The...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hope is always important for a people, and so is a belief that a country is mature enough and sufficiently disposed to doing the right thing that it can claim economic independence. The idea of economic independence has been mooted by Dr Nigel...

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