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Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

From the September 18, 2018, issue of Business Insider comes this: "Venezuela's president feasted on expensive steak at a celebrity chef's restaurant on Monday, a scene made striking by the fact that millions of people back home are starving."...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Venezuela is in the throes of economic and political turmoil. Almost all its economic indicators are pointing in the wrong direction, with inflation, a major measure of the health of the economy, standing above one million per cent in 2018. It means...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The recent talks between Prime Minister Holness and me, as well as our respective teams, established the basis for sustained cooperation around a unified national effort in the fight against crime. This is certainly a step in the right direction on...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Now the Government has put its foot down and decided that it is going to end all 'scandals' created by petroleum products. Well, that includes the single-use plastic bags that go by the same name and are notorious for filling up our drains and also...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Two days after the Government of Jamaica announced its foregone decision to repossess Venezuela's minority shares in Petrojam, the country joined 18 of 34 OAS member states in a majority vote not to recognise the second-term Maduro government that...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Gleaner's editorial of Friday, January 11, 2019, would perhaps have done readers a better public service if the writer had attempted, ahead of the analysis presented, to get a fuller understanding of the funding policy for students up to age 18...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

For more than 10 years, I have strived mightily in these columns to convince you that in this world, nothing is as it appears.My mission has been to show you, proclamations by political, social, religious, and business leaders require careful...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

"No delay! No backing down!" The voice of Vaz, minister in charge of the environment. And very much, too, the voice of vendors. The ban on single-use plastic products rode in with the New Year, but as the minister clearly understands, it's going to...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMYvonne McCalla

Rape is a crime that is often not reported. According to police data, reported rape cases declined from 863 in 2013 to 442 in 2017. However, rape survivor silence raises questions about the data, especially where in an estimated seven out of ten...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Through the 450 systems operated by the National Water Commission (NWC), on average, 180 million gallons of water are produced each day. It costs the NWC $120 per gallon to produce water, which is then sold at $220 per gallon.Only 30 per cent of the...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is currently thrashing about in the throes of political excitement, shouting "Lock them up!" in a knee-jerk reaction to the auditor general's Petrojam report that's as short-sighted as it's wishful.The good news is that Jamaica already owns...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The world economy might be going to hell in a hand basket, but a favourable interpretation of Jamaica's economy could easily instill arrogance in some people. To these patriotic and observant Jamaicans, what is clear is that countries can't stand up...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The frenetic pace of the global news cycle with significant and disruptive important issues like Brexit, the rise of populism, privacy, immigration, the scope and impact of social media, fake news, and trade wars has resulted in the downing out of...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It's not just the Christmas break that is holding up that trumpeted meeting of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition over the parliamentary impasse on the continuation of the three states of emergency.Crime is too important an issue...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Even the most well-seasoned politician who has seen the underbelly of governmental corruption and knows of its, seemingly, systemic permanence will readily agree that corruption and failed state are partners in the same long waltz.I am not among...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We are mostly Christian and definitely Westernised, so Christmas means the same to us as it does to many others globally. Some of us may want to share more love as the intangible magic of the season pulls us into its joyous fold, but we have to...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I refer to your editorial in The Gleaner of Monday, December 17, 2018, captioned 'Bulldozing ahead with Bernard Lodge city'. This article contained a number of misunderstandings and inaccuracies, which I am obliged to bring to the attention of your...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It might sound like an oxymoron, but Christmas is about true womanhood. Yet, it has turned into a big falsehood, characterised by reindeer, snow, mistletoe, sleigh, a fat man sliding down chimneys and all other things that are alien to the average...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Twenty years on, Alice (not her real name) still feels crushed by guilt and shame. Her sons still blame her for bringing a monster into the home as their stepfather. They refuse to forgive her for allowing a predator to remain in their home after...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Like a recurring decimal, I am constantly asked why there are so few Jamaican movies and television shows being made. After the critical success of Perry Henzell's Harder They Come, most Jamaican-made movies have struggled to get past Port Royal to...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Dear Gerry,Wha 'appen, man! Long, long time! I was about to ask 'how you do?,' but the two recent articles in The Gleaner seem to suggest everyting criss! Ah glad fi yuh. And ah glad yuh decide to give us ah likkle piece of confession. Dem seh...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Precisely when John Blagrove came to Jamaica is unknown, although he was a 'regicide', a supporter of Oliver Cromwell who had designs on Spain's Caribbean and South America possessions.By 1689, he owned 700 acres in Hanover originally known as...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This year's Christmas message is a wish for peace on Earth, so there's no better place to start that effort than mediating, if possible, the gender war.Generally, we won't accept that we're all the same. Egged on by Church, we take life as a reality...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The buggery law may need to be declared unconstitutional, but not on the basis of the shoddy arguments advanced in the Gleaner editorial of November 29 ('Judicial courage and the buggery law').This editorial prompted some issues that demand clearer...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A Sunday column before Christmas has to be given free rein to capture the essence of Christmas: compassion, caring, carols, charity, and there is also family, togetherness, and excellence.You had to be there at the University Chapel, where a huge...

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