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Published:Sunday | October 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had lost the July 1986 local government elections and, on October 12, the party met to review its loss.

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The People's National Party's young professional group, the Patriots, hailed it as a victory for civil society, the People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaican people in general. The PNP Youth Organisation (PNPYO) begged to differ: They saw it as a clever diversionary tactic, a smoke-and-mirrors game.

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I see that the foot-in-mouth disease has spread. Way back in April of this year when I first wrote on the now notorious Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (MPP) saga, I alerted the readers to my situation as follows...

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Based upon most of what we have read and heard from the Caribbean academic community, political and business leaders and journalists on the subject of economic globalisation ...

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Some of the most important elements of our culture and heritage tend to get overlooked or under-treated at this heritage time of the year and all through the rest of the year. Far more important than music, food and folklore wrapped in bandana is our legal and political heritage and the religious grounding which generated this heritage of Western democracy and individual freedom.

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

President Piñera of Chile advised the world at the end of the rescue mission to bring the trapped miners to the surface: "We faced this united." That was the platform on which the success of that near miraculous operation was erected.

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This is an extract from 'Jamaica Fi Real: Beauty, Vibes and Culture' by Kevin O'Brien Chang. Published by Ian Randle Publishers, available at the end of this month.

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Ministry Paper 78, for the 2010 calendar year, which has been tabled in the House of Representatives, revealed that the four regional health authorities (RHAs) were among 134 government agencies which have never submitted reports for tabling in Parliament.

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Bruce Golding has conceded to a commission of enquiry into the Golding-Coke-Brady-Manatt affair, now over a year old. We are yet to see how independent that enquiry will be. We might also wonder who he is conceding to, and why. He might be using the longstanding People's National Party (PNP) demand for a commission of enquiry to conceal the real motive.

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

United States (US) federal prosecutors have done their best to hang Buju Banton out to dry, only to succeed in hanging the jury instead. Interested onlookers should get a grasp of one abiding legal principle in order to understand fully what's happened at this farce of a trial. The fundamental forensic tenet applicable here is a trite rule laid down from Blackstone's time: "Mout' mek fi chat!"

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

September 30 saw a national strike in Spain. On the same day, unions from 30 countries across Europe organised demonstrations centred in Brussels. Some three million pensioners, youth, workers and migrants in France protested against new pension and retirement laws on October 2.

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In september 2007, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) triumphed in a contested general-election victory for the first time since 1980, and tasted real political power for the first time since 1989. You would think that droughts of such durations would make Labourites wary of falling into the same traps that kept them so long in the wilderness. But recent events make you wonder.

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Some booksellers are quite daring in their anti-literacy stance. You can't miss it. The sign conspicuously located in the periodicals and fiction section of the bookstores and pharmacies that says, 'Do Not Read', in bold, black letters. The meaning is clear - buy or leave.

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On the night of August 14, 1933, flood waters from intense rainfall over several days running overflowed the banks of the Sandy Gully network in Kingston and lower St Andrew sweeping away a number of houses with their occupants in them.

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is a statement from Baroness Catherine Ahton, the high representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) and first vice-president of the European Commission on "the World Day against the death penalty" which is being observed today, October 10.

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Whether we realise it or not, making illiteracy a thing of the past will require far more than big speeches and grand declarations about the importance of knowing how to read. It will take work.

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In my last contribution, I pointed to a story carried on the pages of noted international news publication, The Economist, on September 9, highlighting Jamaica's successes in the economy and concerning crime.

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

"The heavens declare nothing really, the firmament showeth nothing really, day unto day uttereth nothing really and night unto night showeth nothing really.

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Years ago, The Gleaner published one of my more radical pieces earning me the Church's wrath (again)..

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is clear that it is most unlikely that anything independent members of the Electoral Commission say will change Peter Espeut's declaration of shame on us.

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I write in response to a Public Affairs article in The Sunday Gleaner (September 26) contributed by Claude Clarke.

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Portia Simpson Miller says she believes in God, people, and party, in that order.

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There is a conspiracy against tolerance. Ironically, that conspiracy is often waged in the name of tolerance.

Published:Sunday | September 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

New meaning was accorded to the term 'interim' when the Electoral Advisory Committee (EAC) was established under the Representation of the People (Interim Electoral Reform) Act on September 7, 1979.The EAC was formally...

Published:Sunday | September 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The respected London-based weekly The Economist, on September 9 carried a refreshing story on two of the Jamaican Government's major successes: its coordinated and sustained assault on crime and violence, and the Jamaica Debt...

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