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Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In a democratic society where cut and thrust and advocacy are important, it matters who opposition spokespersons are and how carefully they are chosen. In that regard, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has provided the country with a healthy blend...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Perhaps the most important observation about Peter Phillips' historic presidential address to the annual conference of the People's National Party (PNP) was its sobriety, measured tone, and lack of demagoguery and hubris.He could have spent most of...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The US administration is now back from its summer break and Washington, DC is again humming on many policy platforms. At the embassy, much of our time was consumed over the last two months with the diaspora conferences and Independence events that...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The character and impact of a public office is often shaped by the holder of that office. Greg Christie, in his time as contractor general, is a notable example. In doing so, however, he or she must be mindful of the scope and limits of his or her...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), in response to a recent article by Yvonne McCalla Sobers, would like to clarify points that have come out of that commentary and establish the aim of their youth ganja public-education campaign.#TalkDiTruth...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

As the Government attempts to deliver on its promise of a country where we keep our doors open, I have been rubbing the Krazy Glue on my lips, thinking that it is lip balm. However, when are we going to get it that crime is not a police or military...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Two Fridays ago when 24-year-old Tremayne Brown saw a young child being washed away by the raging floodwaters rushing along in the Collie Smith Drive gully, not a moment was spared in him jumping into the unknown dangers of the quickly moving run-...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Peter Phillips could have been dealt a better hand than he has today playing his political cards at the National Arena. He could experience the rhetorical flourish of lashing a Government with inflation out of control, unemployment spiralling,...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I regard Martin Henry as one of the better commentators in your newspaper. However, in his article 'Hurricanes and climate change' (The Sunday Gleaner, September 10, 2017), he appears to have fallen into a trap set by USA right-wing think tanks...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A lot of research sits on shelves. Some of it deservingly so. But the whole point of applied research, as I used to drill into the heads of students starting their first research efforts, is to influence policy and practice.So I was delighted to...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Peter Bunting's rant about the behaviour of Chinese firms in the Jamaica economy is unsurprising. Those of us following global developments knew that it was only a matter of time before voices in Jamaica would join those from a band of countries to...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

I don't know exactly what triggered the gnawing feeling that he was on his way.But early that Sunday morning, I made sure to pick up Kingsley, a lifelong family friend and jack of all trades. I took him up to the house I had recently bought from...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:09 AM

Indians knew and used ganja for about 4,000 years before they brought the plant to Jamaica. In more than 150 years of cultivation in Jamaica, ganja has proved itself to be neither all positive nor all negative. It is neither entirely destructive nor...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It had been confidently predicted that any zone of special operations (ZOSO) would inevitably be "another Tivoli". Police and soldiers would be abusing people, kicking down their doors, ransacking their houses, killing innocent young men, and...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Three weeks ago, a poor St Catherine community was promised a back-to-school treat. Bounceabouts were set up, and school supplies were to be distributed. The aroma of well-seasoned fried chicken had started to assail the nostrils of hungry residents...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The whole country is hoping that the Zones of Special Operations Act will be effective in reducing violent crime. There is naturally some scepticism as to whether members of the 'joint force' under the 'joint command' of the Jamaica Constabulary...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Henry Lascelles began accumulating his wealth by unscrupulously exploiting his position as the Barbadian customs collector in 1715, then securing a lucrative victualling contract for supplying the Royal Navy in the Caribbean. It was only after many...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

As we come up to the September 12 anniversary of Hurricane Gilbert, large sections of the fourth most populous city in the United States, Houston, Texas, remain under water dumped there by Hurricane Harvey, the wettest storm on record.And, almost to...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On Friday, the first zone of special operations, Mount Salem, was declared by the prime minister. It was long overdue.Speaking last Thursday in the PM's absence from the country visiting Chile, the minister of justice had told a sensitisation...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On January 8, The Gleaner published my most controversial column of the year, titled 'Is Holness tough enough?' in reference to crime. The firestorm ignited was so intense that by the next day, the paper was forced to publish a front-page, lead...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

JAMAICA'S JOB market is extremely challenging for many graduates leaving universities and colleges. Gone are the days of the 1960s and '70s when students leaving the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology (UTech),...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Bible is probably the only ancient text that any Mike, Mary or Marcia waxes warm about despite stark ignorance of the book's actual texts, original languages and historical contexts (plural).The lay critic may be very educated, but (s)he and...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Hush, that sad and mournful cry you heard from a man who is supposed to occupy a post of awesome power, that of minister of finance, actually came from Audley Shaw as he was trying to mimic a mouse bartering with a few huge cats.Mr Shaw was not...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Despite my peripheral knowledge of the Bible and my deep understanding of the wrath of God in the Old Testament, I always resist the temptation to make any link between the activities of men, including governments, and the punishment that the Lord...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:16 AM

The man is president of the United States of America and he's acting like a man in a dingy corner of a ghetto lane under poor lights at 10 p.m. shooting craps.For over seven months now, voters and non-voters, excluding those who cling to the Trump...

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