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Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Beware of the half-truth! You may have got hold of the wrong half. Anyone listening to pronouncements made recently by the Ministry of Tourism would say that Jamaica is doing phenomenally well in cruise shipping. This is not so. The Government...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“It was the best of times, It was the worst of times!” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities ‘Dumpster diving’ is a sad reality for many Americans who are part of the 50 million people who are not able to find a daily meal, therefore,...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Interesting days are ahead in 2020, with Guyana scheduled to have general election on March 2. Now an oil-rich country, the stakes are high as to which party will lead the country into this new phase of its development. Most Jamaicans are also...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The lessening of tribal divisions that defined PNP and JLP politics of the 1970s has been one of the quiet success stories in Jamaica. If Pearnel Charles Sr, Speaker of the House, is to be believed, that is the only success story in our politics....

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

It’s likely that politics in general and general elections in particular will dominate early 2020 public discussion. I hope discussions are more visionary than tribal; more constructive than destructive; and oriented more towards solutions than...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

With the murder rate having gone up last year, it is evident that the country’s desperate crime-fighting efforts have not borne much fruit. Over time, with the crime situation worsening, all and sundry have posited some idea or another as the...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

“Religion is the greatest source of evil in the world. More wars have been fought and more blood has been shed in the name of God than for any other cause.” (Many sceptics, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, et al) If you are a Christian and...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Final excerpt from Conflict of Identity From the Slave Trade to Present Day – One Man’s Healing in Benin, Africa . I painstakingly explored two key areas – family-sex and religion – two of the institutions most disfigured by the past. I have...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

We can call it the paradox that is Jamaica or the little island of extremes that capture and display the best of us with the worst of us. How can that be? The Gleaner’s Thursday, December 19, 2019, front page said it all in juxtaposing the beauty...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

We’re approaching 2020 with Government’s New Year’s Resolution being to call general elections. I’m not expecting a first-quarter election. First, no responsible government should call an election shortly before Budget is due. This would be unfair...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In a few days, 2020 will come around and many Jamaicans will greet each other and give thanks that they made it to see another year. Overall, I do not think that we will change our priorities in any radical way. The elderly, and especially the...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

In my last article, the food import bill for 2018 was examined and it was established that the largest chunk of imports represented food products of animal origin – some 30 per cent. It was further established that the case for replacing our beef...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The following is an edited version of a presentation made at the Association of Fraud Examiners (Jamaica Chapter) on November 15, 2019, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. T HE WORLD SITUATION: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), in...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

“I want you to know that I am a man Who fight for the right, not for the wrong… Helping the weak against the strong… And … If you trouble this man It will bring a bam bam … Bam bam, what a bam bam!” – Toots...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

As we rapidly approach Jesus’ official birthday, Christians are filled with warm sentiments expressed by Herald Angels upon His birth “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14). Some insert the word ‘all’...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Were I a lawyer operating in Jamaica, at some stage, I would have to face up to the convenient similarities I could claim to myself and a small but busy wholesale establishment located on the edge of an inner-city pocket. Like the wholesale...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is a country where our primary concern is to make “money jingle in our pockets” rather than create a foundation of real wealth to maintain a stable economic base. We have become lost in the euphoria of the booming stock market, which is...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

We already have everyday fake news in Jamaican homes – “the dog ate my homework”, “I forgot it was our wedding anniversary again”, “no, you said you would pay the JPS bill” – and so on. Then there are the national fake news rumours like – “the...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

As at December 10, 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has not been functioning as we know it because of the absence of a quorum of judges due to the United States’ blocking of appointments of appellate body members. The US’s...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

As we close the second decade of the 21st century and move to plan for the third decade of this long century, we need to use the time not only to celebrate but to define some key priorities that will guide us over the coming decade. Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The sore matter of the size of Jamaica’s food import bill, which, in 2018, stood at US$902.3 million, has been the subject of much public discourse in recent time, particularly within the context of planned diversion of A-class agricultural lands...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Excerpts from Conflict of Identity: From the Slave Trade to Present Day – One Man’s Healing in Benin, Africa The Plantation syndrome is not unlike Stockholm syndrome – a term that was used by psychiatrist Nils Bejerot after a bank robbery and...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Thanks to the reader who took the time to respond to my article in The Sunday Gleaner of December 1, 2019. In the article, I looked at possible reasons for the decline in voter turnout over the years as well as possible options to address the...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

On Monday, December 9, 2019, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which is the economic regulator for the National Water Commission (NWC), announced increases in the rates to be paid by NWC customers based on an application submitted to them...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephen Scale - Guest Columnist

School has just ended. A seven-year-old boy is standing on his school compound when an unmanned garbage truck runs into a nearby taxi then overturns and crushes him to death. In November, a university student is viciously murdered while making his...

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