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Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Today, I will have to write about two rather different things, although they are related in a perverse sort of way, the failure of our politics to use self-government and Independence to build a prosperous and peaceful society, which was perfectly...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has, with the Jamaica Debt Exchange Programme (JDX) pulled off a tremendous feat which, until it actually happened, had seemed unimaginable.

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It has been reported in the media that Jamaica's letter of intent to the International Monetary Fund indicates a policy shift with regard to the payment of external examination fees for secondary students.

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

That disgraced cop arrested for allegedly trading arms with criminals has not just incalculably deepened pubic mistrust and apprehension of the police.

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In 1974, Cheryl Payer wrote what must still be considered the classic on International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditionalities, titled The Debt Trap: The International Monetary Fund and the Third World.

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is being advocated, with great strength, that the programme that will now drive our economic fortunes, and which has been outlined by the Government during the last few weeks, represents a position that admits of no alternative.

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

He is being deified in death but when that intellectual tornado named Rex Nettleford raged among us, many of those now granting him almost-worshipful glory stoutly refused to listen to him.

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica has had a long history of very able and sometimes excellent finance ministers - the best the region has produced. They go back to Donald Sangster, Noel Nethersole, Vernon Arnett, David Coore, Edward Seaga and Omar Davies.

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

My colleagues Peter Espeut, Howard Thompson, Michael Franklin and Cynthia Cooke have been contributing to the debate on the critique of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams by Education Minister Andrew...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In later years' Rex Nettleford would often say that he and his generation were in the departure lounge.

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Great Debate has come and gone.

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

As I sat in Gordon House last Tuesday night listening as the Prime Minister made his contribution to the debate on the Government's economic strategies, .. R. Anne Shirley

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica has become too much of a coarse, vulgar and rambunctious place.

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The parliamentary debate on the economy has come late.

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The tragic natural events which altered the present and future reality of Haiti will forever be engraved in the memories of millions of world citizens who watched the 'CNN-ised' version of the aftermath of the tragedy.

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

Prime Minister Bruce Golding told Guyanese journalist Ricky Singh, "there is hardly a functioning government in Haiti." After 2006, Haiti did improve from being a failed state to a fragile state. By mid-2009, reports on its political stability, executive-legislative relations, technical competence and national security were becoming more positive.

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

Years ago, when crime was getting out of hand and the government of the day launched a Home Guard programme to help deal with it, the then prime minister, Michael Manley, volunteered to serve and set an example. The police high command quietly talked him out of it. The prime minister on the streets would have been a security nightmare.

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

The Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX) has been floated. Already bolstered by the broad support of bankers and security dealers, there is now an open 'invitation' to the body of domestic holders of Government of Jamaica debt to participate.

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

We can now end the debate about the debate - or non-debate. The People's National Party (PNP) has decisively lost that round in the media and in the court of public opinion. How will the party fare on Tuesday when the real debate, for which it can no longer plead insufficient preparation time, begins?

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

American author John Maxwell in his book on the laws of leadership placed the 1976 victory of Jimmy Carter as president of the United States in context. He argues that it was the forces of change and Carter's relative 'unknownness' that brought him to power, rather than his appeal.

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

It's hard to write about Jamaica's financial problems after seeing the devastation in Haiti. Tens of thousands crushed under rubble, the injured and maimed with no medical care, the rest without food or water, and we claim to have worries?

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

The Bruce Golding government last week unveiled one of the boldest, most hopeful and far-reaching attempts to deal with Jamaica's seemingly intractable debt albatross.

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

Lower interest rates have been announced in a dramatic fashion. Jamaican bond holders with total value of $772 billion have been presented with 'an offer which they cannot refuse' - swap excessively high interest-bearing Government of Jamaica (GOJ) local bonds for new bonds issued by the Government at much lower interest rates.

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

The Government of Jamaica has acted on its own in submitting a letter of intent (LOI) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to explain its medium-term economic plan in return for an IMF loan.

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

I am so utterly proud of my country at this moment. In true Jamaican fashion, we have rallied to the assistance of stricken Haiti. Our prime minister has laid down his debt-management broadcast script to personally lead Jamaica's first response team to our earthquake-ravaged Caribbean sister.

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