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Published:Sunday | January 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Act I, Scene I. A mother with a young baby has just learnt that the child has sickle-cell disease, diagnosed by newborn screening.

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Like many of my friends, family members and some acquaintances, I am a typical news junkie.

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The continued debate regarding Jamaica's energy future is indeed very timely, particularly in the face of rising oil prices on the world market.

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Haiti is often called a failed state. But what if it is the international system of states that is failing Haiti and it is their failed state policies towards Haiti that are the real problem?

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

History has a way of repeating itself, as if to remind us that it is here to stay.

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Many senior public servants are hopping mad over G2K President Delano Seiveright's Sunday Gleaner article urging the prime minister to rethink civil-service appointments.

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica has one of the highest rates of police killings in the Western Hemisphere, according to an Amnesty International statement.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

As promised at the end of Part One, I will now bring the analysis to the present and provide some definite answers as to 'where have our Caribbean economists been' and why they have returned with very little of practical value to offer either the emerging modern bourgeoisie or the working class of the region.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The prophet Jeremiah, agonising over the difficulty of trying to liberate a person's mind rather than his body, asked in the 13th chapter of his book: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?" Two thousand years later, the question remains relevant; and it is made current by those unwise Jamaicans bleaching in quest of a lighter shade of skin.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

I'm back. Popular scholar and fellow columnist Kevin O'Brien Chang and Ian Randle Publishers (IRP) have just published a delightful book, Jamaica Fi Real: Beauty, Vibes and Culture.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The year 2011 may be called a make-or-break year for those countries still reeling under the lingering impact of the global economic recession which started in 2008. This recession has been rightly dubbed the worst since the Great Depression which commenced in 1929.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The story titled 'Four vying to replace PNP's Harris' in The Gleaner dated December 29, 2010 initially made very interesting reading, then ended up with some glaring errors which clearly exposed your political reporter's lack of proper research as well as a lack of general knowledge of the political history of North Trelawny.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Clovis had a cartoon on Monday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez energetically chopping away at private-sector infrastructure using an implement called 'socialism', while Brazil's just-departed President Lula was smilingly pushing a wheelbarrow titled 'Brazil's wealth' with one item included titled '20 million pulled from poverty', an obvious reflection of the latest Brazilian 'Miracle'.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Much of what we have witnessed in our politics over the last year comes down to one principle: power first. This is the fundamental principle popularly associated with Machiavellian politics.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Below are excerpts from a speech delivered by businessman Gassan Azan at a Rotary Club of Kingston meeting last week.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

In a recent Jamaica Observer editorial, "Where have our Caribbean economists been?" the writer took Caribbean economists to task for what was alleged to be a dereliction…

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The research reveals that, apart from St Vincent and the Grenadines' recent venture into that arena, no former British colony has held a referendum to sever its ties with the 19th century-created Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. That is a matter which those who advocate for that exercise to take place in Jamaica must contemplate.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

As the year ended, a number of revelations this past December exposed the dangerous course destined for Jamaica's politics over the year ahead. These revelations take us inside Jamaica's politics of violence, specifically the relationship between the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the JLP government and the infamous Shower Posse.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

We need new modes of thought for this new year. The old ways of thinking which got us in this mess are unable to get us out. One of the deficits in Jamaica today is the deficit of ideas - of alternative ways of thinking. We have lots of ideas as Jamaicans. But most of them are variations on the same bourgeois themes.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Our top athletes run faster than anybody else in the world, not just because of their excellent physical endowments and training discipline, but also because of the efficiency with which all their organs and muscles work together in a coordinated and sequenced way, to achieve the outcome of maximising speed over a given distance.

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

On Friday, December 3, a day that began like any other, I was made a criminal. After my morning routine, I headed to the FedEx office on Half-Way Tree Road, St Andrew, to post the contract for an academic article on freedom....

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

For reasons and developments that I shall discuss in this two-part series, deve-lopments in nuclear-energy technology have made it possible that it can play a central role in Jamaica's sustainable...

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

In this December 25, 2004 file photo, vendors and shoppers turned out in hundreds in downtown Kingston Christmas morning for last-minute shopping.

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

Raul Castro addressed the Cuban National Assembly on December 18. He cited the commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness" (lie). This ninth commandment is well-known. What is a politician doing quoting it...

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

For us, the people of Jamaica in this storm of troubled times, the year 2010 will surely be unforgettable in the album of our collective memory.

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