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Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Most Jamaicans grew up hearing that "what gone bad a morning cyaah come good a evening'. If this dire prediction becomes our truth, Jamaica will be headed for a premature Armageddon. Rather, as a people, we must be decisive and take corrective...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Below is a lightly edited excerpt from Prime Minister Andrew Holness' Budget Debate speech last Tuesday.As we listened to the Opposition Leader present from the stands a week ago, shouting loudly to us who are on the pitch to use the NHT money to...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Politics can be terribly unkind to those who venture into its folds and aspire to be change agents of relevance. The new entrant immediately attracts significant hate and derision from those supporting 'the other side.'Inside the party, the newcomer...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMI make these comments with 'no prejudice'. This means that although there is approval of the conduct of the prime minister in the past week, I reserve the right to criticise him later on.

I make these comments with 'no prejudice'. This means that although there is approval of the conduct of the prime minister in the past week, I reserve the right to criticise him later on...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Aye, aye, Colonel! You are a brave man. Prepare to take tactical evasive action from hostile fire coming in from a coalition of opposing forces. And prepare to return fire with all the weapons at your disposal. For we contend not only with flesh and...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Any analysis of 2018-19's Budget must be done in the context of Jamaica's current reality and recent economic history.That context begins in January 2012 when the PNP swept to power via the JLP's mangling of the Dudus-Manatt Phelps...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This is an edited extract from the opposition leader's Budget speech.The fact that Jamaica is in the grip of massive inequality, which leaves too many Jamaicans behind, is not in doubt.The citizens in one Jamaica are able to afford First-World...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To argue a case persuasively, I always tell my students to define their topic, and in the present case, definition is of particular importance. What is a father and what is a nation? Is fatherhood accomplished by generating the sperm that fertilises...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has delivered his third Budget presentation since 2016, with his usual evangelical zeal. His style makes the presentation less boring and motivates one to watch this annual ritual. As expected from a perusal of the...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The last few months, amid a flood of articles from armchair crime fighters telling us how to fight the scourge of crime in Jamaica (the same humdrum, nothing new), two topics dominated the headlines: the government-proposed National ID System and...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Some public spats are beyond parody, but Lord knows, we must still try. May I present to you, "The great colonial controversy!" In the context of Jamaican politics, where there is an inexhaustible premium for being "on the ground", "from the Mombasa...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Students' Loan Bureau has been threatening to publish name-them-and-shame-them advertisements of delinquent borrowers. MP Fitz Jackson's unnamed backers have gone ahead and published full-page advertisements of the faces of the parliamentarians...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Dr Nigel Clarke's recent election as MP has highlighted many ills inherent in Jamaica's adopted system of governance.Calm down. This is only indirectly related to Peter Bunting's intemperate remarks about Dr Clarke's education. Yes, Peter Bunting...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the politically dysfunctional times of the 1970s when the PNP and JLP were hardly pretending that they were not tribes from opposing ends aching to squeeze each other's throats, it was typical that the man who made it to the office of...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:12 AMAhmed Reid, Verene Shepherd

In a New York Times article by Stephen Castle of December 27, 2014, ironically the anniversary of the outbreak of the war led by Samuel Sharpe that hastened legislative Emancipation by the British,  we learned that after a financial crash in...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Since George Quallo resigned as Jamaica's commissioner of police in January, there has been the familiar round of speculation by the media and various individuals on who should be Mr Quallo's successor.Perhaps because of the frequency of...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

To say my recommendation that disarming the citizenry should be a vital tool in any successful crime-fighting initiative has gone over like a lead balloon would be an understatement. Readers, especially male readers, bombarded me with stories of how their guns "saved" them from criminal attack....

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The middle class has an item in its hand to chew over and wonder why those others at the bottom of society are not worrying about the same things that they are troubled by."So, what yu tink bout dis Justice Sykes ting?" said Aurora to Sandrea her...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Edward Seaga, like his great political opponent Michael Manley, has always been a polarising political figure.No sooner had his protege, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, announced that Mr Seaga was to get further special honours for his contributions...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:46 AMMartin Henry

We should let Bianca Gardener tell us why peace treaties among warring gangsters are wicked and worthless.  Ms Gardener is an eight-year-old honour-roll student at August Town Primary School. She granted The Gleaner an articulate interview...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For all of 2017, we lived with the reality of murders piled atop of murders. But if we thought that was bad, in 2018, we are already 17 per cent above where we were the same time in 2017.Is the nation yet at that critical-mass number where enough of...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Prominent political illusionist Fitz Jackson's suddenly renewed, Opposition-inspired fervour regarding the cruel imposition of exorbitant bank fees on Jamaica's most vulnerable has led to a raging Twitter war with economics lecturer Damien King.This...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The more enlightened among the supporters of Andrew Holness have a difficulty in understanding why it is taking him so long to admit his error in not appointing the chief justice permanently in the clear vacancy that exists.The judicial fraternity...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Pryce

As a developing nation, Jamaica is compelled to operate in a world dominated by the larger and more developed economies. One such consequence, fair or foul, is that standards and best practices developed by these mature economies are foisted on us...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Surfing cable television channels on a recent Saturday morning looking for a non-existent football game, I came across a documentary on Warren Buffett, the legendary founder of the exceedingly successful company, Berkshire Hathaway. Talking to a...

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