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Published:Sunday | February 20, 2011 | 12:00 AM

When Dorothy Lightbourne declared that she heard about Manatt, Phelps & Phillips' involvement with the Government of Jamaica only when Peter Phillips made the revelation in Parliament, many were willing to believe her, even though her ignorance had a ring of incredulity to it.

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The youths have turned upon the minister with responsibility for them - and then upon each other. But why should there even be a Ministry of Youth? And, logically, where is the Ministry of Children, of the Aged, and of the age group in-between? We do have a growing child sector in government and one for gender, which really means women.

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Two trends in political studies of the past 40 years are captured by the titles, What Makes Democracies Endure and Why Men Rebel. Scholars have tried to find out how democracies emerge, survive and consolidate themselves. They had thought that there was a wave of democratic consolidation following the rebellion against military regimes from the 1970s and the fall of communism post-1990.

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Enquiry, shamquiry. That was pretty much the initial attitude of the general public towards the ongoing Manatt-Dudus commission. Not only have we grown accustomed to enquiries costing taxpayers lots of money and producing nothing of value, but the relentless press coverage of the Manatt saga over the past year left most people utterly sick of the topic.

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is not the only developing country feeling the effects of rapid globalisation in the furniture and woodworking industries. I thought it would be of interest to share the challenges of the Jamaican industry - including the issue of globalisation - and what companies here are doing to fight back.

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

When Prime Minister Bruce Golding inadvertently commented in the House of Representatives, "Give me another Greg Christie," it served to pay Contractor General Christie a supreme accolade that spoke for the feelings of a great many people who value the work of the fearless administration.

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Most developing countries, like Jamaica, are characterised as rural nations, based on the greater part of their populations living in the rural areas and who are engaged primarily in agricultural enterprises.

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The day Minister of Justice and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne takes her seat at the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry - assuming she recovers soon from her illness - this country will be totally shut down, with the largest live television...

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

In November 2010, UNAIDS released its report on the global AIDS epidemic. This very important and eye-opening report has provided the needed information for every nation to revise and reaffirm the world's commitment to conquering the scourge of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2011 | 12:00 AM

"Egypt has the clout to bestow legitimacy on any idea - and to change the direction of the region.

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Jean-Claude Duvalier is back in Haiti. The worst fear is that the Duvalierists there are trying to take advantage of the confusion and political vacuum since the unbelievably bad decision...

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2011 | 12:00 AM

A sea change in media management has just quietly taken place.

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Columnist Devon Dick, writing with a tone of absolute authority, may have unwittingly delivered half-truths that do not add up to a whole fact.

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The production and sale of furniture is among the worst hit and inactive consumer goods industries in Jamaica.

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Whenever there is an announcement by the minister of labour of an increase in the national minimum wage, it has always sparked a controversial debate about the appropriateness of the increase.

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The front-page story of The Sunday Gleaner, January 23, titled 'Boot 'Babsy': youth leaders want portfolio shifted to education ministry', is an exaggeration, but it brings to the fore a number of issues surrounding youth development.

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

I believe in heavy doses of capitalism as the foremost formula for a nation's economic strength and material development. I am also aware that it is a prescription with some dangerous side effects that can weaken the will of a people and damage their national spirit.

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Libel Reform joint select committee member Horace Chang was especially poignant in Parliament last Tuesday as the House passed the long-overdue report of the committee. "Freedom of expression is not synonymous with freedom of the press, as the press in the modern world is not free but very much part of the business elite."

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Below is an excerpted address by P.J. Patterson, CARICOM's special envoy to Haiti, to the Jamaica Stock Exchange Investments and Capital Markets Conference last Wednesday.

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

It is generally felt that the powers of a prime minister in the Westminster system are too great. Jamaica has some useful test cases of this, and they are evident right now. Mr Golding was one who thought prime ministers had too much power. So, he opted for a separation-of-powers model.

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Improving security outcomes through joined-up government solutionsYonique CampbellContributorHas the state cultivated sufficient and meaningful inter-agency strategies to address our major security threats? Security is a multifaceted challenge that cuts...

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

In the November 14-20, 2010 edition of The Sunday Herald, attorney-at-law Stokeley Marshall argued that there could be a possible legal link between whipping, obeah and duppy tourism.

Published:Sunday | January 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

When the Treaty of Chaguaramas was signed more than three decades ago to establish the CARICOM integration movement, it was a defining moment in the history of the English-speaking Caribbean. The size of the economies in the Commonwealth Caribbean is just too small for them to integrate in the global economy in any meaningful way as individual states.

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Consumers play a critical role in stimulating competition among suppliers. Unless consumers are sufficiently informed and purchase goods from only suppliers who meet their demand for high-quality, affordable products, suppliers will have insufficient incentives to compete.

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2011 | 12:00 AM

In the seven months since Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was extradited and his Tivoli stronghold dismantled, the homicide rate has plummeted by 35 per cent. No doubt, the uncompromising manner in which police now deal with persons of interest has contributed to the decline.

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