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Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:22 AM

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana came to stay in Jamaica for the weekend. He was entertained at the Seville Great House by the sounds of the Maroon drums and the abeng. He told us that Ghana had named 2019 the ‘Year of Return’ and that Jamaica and...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:21 AM

In 1994 when Eddie Seaga as JLP opposition leader and MP for Kingston Western handed over to then Commissioner of Police Trevor McMillan a list of 13 ‘trouble makers’ in the Tivoli and Denham Town division, nothing was, basically, done to change...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:19 AM

My humble apologies to Mikael Phillips. It appears, contrary to my assertions on Tuesday, that the word ‘reluctancy’ does exist in some language texts such as the Free Dictionary (whatever that is) and the Collins English Dictionary published by...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:18 AMDiane Austin-Broos - Guest Columnist

I write in response to the article by Orville Brown (9/05/19) regarding Edward Seaga, Wills O. Isaacs and garrison political violence in Kingston. My prime concern is to set the record straight regarding Wills Isaacs. He was not the instigator of...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Let us cut to the chase: special economic zones (SEZs) are not for everyone. This was firmly established in my previous article: ‘Is The SEZ For You?’ Answering this question, as you came to learn, was beyond a mere cost-benefit analysis. The key...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:13 AM

William Shakespeare wrote: “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Jamaicans translated that to say: “Belief kills and belief cures.” Simply put, what you believe creates your reality. In Jamaica, race and religion have always...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:13 AM

The week of June 17, 2019, witnessed the eighth assembly of the Jamaica Diaspora conference. According to the reports in our local newspapers, many conference attendees expressed concerns about the conference being one of “much talk, policy...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:13 AM

In 2006, on the eve of the vote in a special election to decide the new People’s National Party (PNP) president and prime minister, outgoing PNP president PJ Patterson said that Portia Simpson Miller was not just the hope of the PNP, but “the only...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Philosophers know that everything in this world is relative. Especially “reality”! This is why, for me, the world’s greatest scientific “discovery” is Einstein’s theory of relativity expressed by the simple equation: E = mc2. In that equation, “E”...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:21 AM

I have watched and listened to the debates raging on social media and in real life over the legacy of Edward Seaga. Even in death, this giant of a man polarises his country. Some camps have sought to paint Mr Seaga as the father of political...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Ah-ha. So you were anticipating some titillating pornography. Sorry to disappoint you, but the phrase referred to the beginning (I think) of what was to be my life-long excursion into creative writing, or writing creatively. B (Be) U (Undressed)...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:21 AM

“Alice: Which way should I go? Cat: That depends on where you are going. Alice: I don’t know. Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” – Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll In the last column, we discussed the country case study...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Eddie Seaga decimated the People’s National Party (PNP) in the 1980 general elections. When the bell sounded for the count, on October 30, 1980, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had overperformed in voter turnout. Jamaican elections between 1967 and...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Readers should know it’s my opinion that there’s no democracy in Jamaican politics. I’ve tried to point out that we’ve no say in government’s composition or modus operandi despite the sham called “elections”. In a March 3, 2019, column headlined ‘...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:19 AM

It doesn’t take a long reach into levity to declare that Father’s Day is kind of like the second-eleven team to Mother’s Day. And I believe it should rightfully be so. Let me explain, again with some levity attached. At the very least, the man is...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Last Sunday, June 9, a little over 300 miles away in Haiti, tens of thousands of Haitians took to the streets in the capital and elsewhere protesting against corruption in government. Demonstrators came from a wide cross section of society,...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:18 AM

We, the Common­wealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (“the Association”), meeting at our Fifth Annual Regional Conference convened under the auspices of the Commonwealth Secretariat and hosted by the...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:15 AM

United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation ended without concluding whether President Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General William Barr’s letter to the US Congress posits that the evidence gathered by Mueller did...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:15 AM

The column you are reading now was written by me last Thursday. At that time, it was my expectation that Central Manchester MP Peter Bunting of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) would make his official declaration for a challenge against...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:15 AM

May 28, 2019, is a day that will live in sorrow for every Jamaican. It was the day three giants, in three different fields of nation building, were called home by the Father who dwelt within them. Jamaica lost a former prime minister, a religious...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Are you considering a SEZ investment? Save yourself a lot of time, money, and energy by contemplating this question first. Is the SEZ for you? It is more than a question of cost-benefit. In Jamaica, just like anywhere else in the world, the...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:14 AM

- Born: January 24, 1958 - Parents: Alexander and Rhoda Henry - Widow: Jacqueline Garvey Henry, married on December 16, 1984 - Children: Theodore, Lawrie, Joanique Waite-Henry, Tamara Chin - Gleaner Columnist since 1987 - Religion: Christian...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Thursday, November 5, 1987 ‘At The Crossroads’ “The kind of society we want can be determined by corporate conscious choices or can be left to chance. The people need leaders now – leaders of the calibre of Nanny, Tacky, Sharpe, Bogle....

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Following my recent column, ‘What’s happening with our dollar?’, I received many requests from readers to write a column on whether our dollar can truly revalue and remain stable under our current-free floating exchange-rate regime. Many people...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Transportation is a functional necessity for every individual. We have to travel for work, shopping, schooling, and pleasure. For many people, the car is not just a functional tool; their car is also associated with their self-image or status. The...

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