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Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The name of Lowell Hawthorne has been indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of Jamaicans of all walks of life in Jamaica, the United States and the diaspora, as the young man who climbed an amazing ladder of success and conquered every business...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A disturbing legacy of the history of slavery and sugar was the publication in Britain in 1774 of a three-volume History of Jamaica by Edward Long, the great-grandson of a man who had once taken on the crown...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

November each year is recognised as Drug Awareness Month when the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) highlights its delivery of research-driven public education, prevention and treatment programmes in pursuit of its vision to reduce the use and...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin met the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Syria, allegedly to discuss a final peace settlement in the Syrian civil war. On Monday, he was in Syria to announce a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This week's hot topic is Government's 'apology' read by Andrew Holness in Parliament regarding the May 2010 'Tivoli incursion'.The Rev Ronald Thwaites, halo firmly affixed and voice at least an octave above usual, bemoaned the inadequacy of the '...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"Firemen strike ... up to the police dem too ... wooooiii ... oh oh ... ." The year was 1968 and the Ethiopians released the song Everything Crash. It was unthinkable that members of the constabulary should withdraw their labour and thus breach...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It is a great time to rerun the essence of '72 hours to a safer Jamaica', a column I first published on October 11, 2015, and from which I have subsequently drawn points in other crime columns in grim recurring commentary. You have to keep telling...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Christmas was much simpler when I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s.In the evenings, sometimes we would drive around to observe the Christmas trees in the homes. Of course, not every household could afford a Christmas tree, but whoever could...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:57 AMArnold Bertram

In 1934, Osmond Theodore Fairclough (1904-1970) returned to Jamaica, only to find that 100 years after The Emancipation Act, the racist society created by plantation slavery was alive and well. Fairclough, a black man, after graduating from Calabar...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:19 AMPaul Golding

"Jah-Jah city, Jah-Jah town, dem waan fi turn it in a cowbwoy town now ... (You look, you will know). Jah-Jah city, Jah-Jah town, dem waan fi turn it in a dead man town, y'all." (Capleton et al) This has not been a good year for the...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

By and large, cliches are lazy, mindless, foolish generalisations created as a refuge for the thoughtless.However, some cliches have worth. At the top of my very shortlist is 'a leopard never changes his spots'. If only we'd understand and accept...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

First of all, thanks to Professor Carolyn Cooper for her close attention to, and care for, the sugar industry here in Jamaica with an article addressing myself and our deputy CEO titled 'Dear George Hong Guo and Liu Chauyo' in The Sunday Gleaner...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Just over a week ago, the Redemption Song monument in Emancipation Park was painted with marine paint. This was set in motion by an attempt to resolve the issues of calcium build-up on the fingers of the bronze sculptures and on the walls of the...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Dave Myrie was the picture of sartorial elegance as he stood at the entrance to the principal's office at Kingston College (KC), one of Jamaica's most renowned and successful high schools doing what high schools ought to do: transform children/...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMHenry J. Lewis

Recently, I was on an almost 17-hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Atlanta en route to Jamaica. I decided to pass the time reading No Longer Whispering to Power, a book I had bought just a day earlier, authored by veteran South African...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

So President Trump thinks that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel and of Israel alone, and some Christians here are seeing biblical portents in this, including the unbiblical view that before our Lord's return, a third Jewish temple must be...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

"All of us are saying: 'Hey, United States, we don't think this is a very good idea'," said Jordan's King Abdullah II in 2002, when it became clear that President George W. Bush was going to invade Iraq. But Bush didn't listen, and it turned out to...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It's IMF fault. For decades, that has been the swansong of many Jamaicans. That is understandable because the society is an excuse-driven one, and its problems are the fault of someone else and never of its own making.Take the case of people being...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Like most Jamaicans of my vintage, I grew up in the Church. Going to 'Sunday school was as compulsory for me and my brothers and sisters as going to regular school.One of my mother's eternal wishes was that her years of sending me to church as a...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The breaking news of slave auctions in Libya really should not be shocking us so much. Slavery, bondage and servitude are alive and well around the world, and in some places more surprising than in the failed state of what was Libya.The territory of...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Not surprisingly, the botched process of procuring used cars for the police is the subject of considerable debate. The public, as it should be, is incensed that 11 months after the contract was awarded, the supplier has so far delivered a mere 30 of...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On October 22, I penned an article titled 'The iceberg below the gun find'. It was a chilling discussion, and not just because it was in two freezers that the contraband was found. At the Kingston Container Terminal, 19 guns, including six rifles,...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:14 AM

By 1774, it was estimated by historian Edward Long that a third of Jamaica's white population was Scottish and of whom there were more in Westmoreland than any other parish. Some came as attorneys to represent absentee plantation owners, some as...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Living in a democracy with the freest press in the Anglophone world is a big deal, and I don't take lightly the fact that I have a Constitution that guarantees me the right to criticise and make political utterance. It is the Constitution that...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It's been decades of the same merry-go-round of governments promising - but hardly delivering - to our teachers, nurses, police, and others in the public sector. As time rolls by, the ability of these groups to fight back for better wages and...

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