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It ought to have long been obvious that the regulatory oversight of Jamaica’s environment is in crisis and urgently in need of overhaul. Last week’s repudiation by the courts of a 2018 decision by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (...

One of dominoes’ key strategies is to keep it tight. You should always try to limit opponents’ options. Say a game proceeds with partner posing double-six; left-hand-opponent (LHO) playing six-five; you, five-four; right-hand opponent (RHO), six-...
Michael Abrahams

The Transatlantic slave trade was not an event. It was an ongoing system of brutality and dehumanisation that our African ancestors endured for over 300 years. Unfortunately, when Emancipation was announced in 1838, the torment did not cease....

While a football match was being indiscriminately shot up last Sunday, human rights advocates were chastising calls for tougher measures on criminals, from the comfort of their cosy enclaves, far from the whizzing bullets. Recently, I dared to...

One thing that is almost too taboo to talk about is the amount of money the Government spends on poor relief, especially for the elderly. The Government is expected to spend close to $4 billion on social intervention this year, $1.1 billion of...

We accept that no Jamaican should be denied access to healthcare because of an inability to pay. Sadly, there are thousands of Jamaicans who cannot afford basic healthcare and have to forego a doctor’s visit or not fill a prescription. These are...

In Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare made an important point about the death of royalty, “When beggars die there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes”. That was then. This is now. When beggars die, there is...

“Every bullet, every bomb, every shell that hits a target in Ukraine, hits our pockets and our economies in Africa.” Those were the words of the President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo, at the UN General Assembly on September 21. The Ghanaian president was...

Its report of the shoddy state of lock-ups in western Jamaica and their poor management by the police again underlines the value of independent, civilian oversight of the constabulary, as well as the underuse of the Police Civilian Oversight...

I believe that Jamaicans – politicians and their followers – are monarchists at heart. Why else would we want the annual waste of tens of millions on a ceremonial president? This kind of president would always “act on the advice of the prime...
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