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

So President Trump thinks that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel and of Israel alone, and some Christians here are seeing biblical portents in this, including the unbiblical view that before our Lord's return, a third Jewish temple must be...

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

"All of us are saying: 'Hey, United States, we don't think this is a very good idea'," said Jordan's King Abdullah II in 2002, when it became clear that President George W. Bush was going to invade Iraq. But Bush didn't listen, and it turned out to...

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

It's IMF fault. For decades, that has been the swansong of many Jamaicans. That is understandable because the society is an excuse-driven one, and its problems are the fault of someone else and never of its own making.Take the case of people being...

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

Like most Jamaicans of my vintage, I grew up in the Church. Going to 'Sunday school was as compulsory for me and my brothers and sisters as going to regular school.One of my mother's eternal wishes was that her years of sending me to church as a...

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

The breaking news of slave auctions in Libya really should not be shocking us so much. Slavery, bondage and servitude are alive and well around the world, and in some places more surprising than in the failed state of what was Libya.The territory of...

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

Not surprisingly, the botched process of procuring used cars for the police is the subject of considerable debate. The public, as it should be, is incensed that 11 months after the contract was awarded, the supplier has so far delivered a mere 30 of...

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

On October 22, I penned an article titled 'The iceberg below the gun find'. It was a chilling discussion, and not just because it was in two freezers that the contraband was found. At the Kingston Container Terminal, 19 guns, including six rifles,...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:14 AM

By 1774, it was estimated by historian Edward Long that a third of Jamaica's white population was Scottish and of whom there were more in Westmoreland than any other parish. Some came as attorneys to represent absentee plantation owners, some as...

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

Living in a democracy with the freest press in the Anglophone world is a big deal, and I don't take lightly the fact that I have a Constitution that guarantees me the right to criticise and make political utterance. It is the Constitution that...

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

It's been decades of the same merry-go-round of governments promising - but hardly delivering - to our teachers, nurses, police, and others in the public sector. As time rolls by, the ability of these groups to fight back for better wages and...

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

Everything conceivable is posted and shared on social media. It may be correct to say that this generation finds sensational content extremely attractive. The same may also be said of purely salacious content. The Happy Monday and Peaceful Tuesday...

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

This is a lightly edited address made by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips to the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica on November 28.In 2015, we were all of the view that the worst was behind us and that the programme of economic reform was...

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

The Ministry of National Security awards a contract to O'Brien's International Car Sales & Rentals Ltd on January 17, 2017. By the middle of the year, the company writes back to the ministry, seeking a three-month extension on the delivery of the vehicles...

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

It seems that the Jamaican Bar Association (JAMBAR) has suddenly discovered a yearning for transparency.So JAMBAR wrote to the PM asking for transparency in the appointment of the next chief justice. Yawn! If it wasn't so irritating, JAMBAR's letter...

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

It's the big 2017 story: The Women's Empowerment Revolution: The Anti-Sexual Harassment Edition, or addition.Some of the most powerful men in America have tumbled or suffered irreparable reputational damage one after another: Roger Ailes, Bill O'...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMKhurt Fletcher

Jamaica is a signatory to the International Labour Organization (ILO)'s decent work agenda convention that states that "decent work is employment which respects the fundamental rights of the human person as well as the rights of workers in terms of...

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

The environmental community first became aware that Special Exclusive Prospecting Licences for bauxite had been granted for large areas of Cockpit Country in 2006, although efforts to protect this important region go back much further.At the time,...

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

Mr Swan's email brought a number of pieces together, and the light came on. John Swan was an expatriate teacher from the UK during my time in high school. I have subsequently learned, specifically Irish.I had come to Morant Bay High School (MBHS) in...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One outstanding achievement of the present JLP administration is the success of the elaborate public-relations exercise and media campaign to rebrand Prime Minister Holness. Not even the PNP, it seems, remembers that it is the same Holness who...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Each year, on November 25, we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and observe the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV), culminating in Human Rights Day on December 10....

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Who fi vex, vex.I am not an ardent supporter of any party, though I must confess, like most everyone else, I lean towards one.However, I have not voted in any election for well over 20 years as in any case, my better half supports the other party,...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last week, I tried to explain why, although a National Identification System (NIDS) is desirable, its intrusive requirements were, in my opinion, unconstitutional.The sort of information required is reminiscent of a police state intending constant...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It has sort of crept up on us - the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Conference this weekend at the National Arena. But the Government of the JLP has had more than its fair share of 'distractions' to deal with.Not only has it been hit with the floods of...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This is the final of a five-part series themed 'It is a disgrace how we treat the police'.Christine Lagarde, the IMF's managing director who was recently in Jamaica, had, on a previous visit, described our country this way: "Jamaica is a country...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

This newspaper is not allowing us to forget that the National Identification System (NIDS), rushed into law by the Government side of Parliament, is to be paid for by borrowed money.The Gleaner editorial last Tuesday reminded that "the fundamental...

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