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Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:10 AM

I weep for Xavier ‘Bojo’ Phillips. He watched his last football game in Howells Content near York Town, Clarendon on Sunday, August 8. The report in The Gleaner was chilling, “Little Xavier was shot and killed … as he sat on a grave watching a...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:09 AM

There is no doubt that time is almost at its end for the protection of the environment. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report of August 2021 cited some ominous warnings that cannot be ignored. There is an imminent threat to...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:09 AM

The recent passing of Professor Gerald ‘Bunny’ Lalor forced to my mind a belated acknowledgement of the immense contribution of this giant of a man to my life, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. The years have given me the confidence to express my deepest...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:08 AM

In this week’s Reparation Conversations, we bring you the first of a two-part interview with British-Jamaican Lord Anthony Gifford (AG), by Director of the UWI’s Centre for Reparation Research (CRR), Professor Verene Shepherd (VS). Gifford is a...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Hands up if you are fed up with politicians creating alarm, ever so often, about the cost of food and other items poor people use and the quantities in which they are sold. I don’t know about you, but I am laden with disappointment and...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:08 AM

In my 71 years on this earth I have learned that poor people tend to be more biblically religious than those who can afford creature comforts. Or, at the very least, a bellyful of stewed oxtail on any day of the week. A man with a belly full may...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:08 AM

Empty shelves in Walmart. Amazon out of stock. This is just the beginning. Container shortages worldwide and supply chain disruptions from factories to lorries threaten to cancel Christmas. Already prices are beginning to rise and are projected to...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:08 AM

The ancient Olympics were part of sacred religious rites on Mount Olympus to honour the supreme Greek god Zeus. The modern Olympics are a different ritual, representing the children of the world coming out to play as a symbol of peace and harmony...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:08 AM

There is a higher place of dwelling that globally, all persons are being called to assume today. The media are fraught with scenes of calamities sadly resulting in fatalities from natural disasters such as earthquakes – Haiti, again August 14;...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:07 AM

The recent stand-off between the Accompong Maroons and the police has once again brought up the issue of sovereignty for this community. Captain Richard Currie has consistently asserted that his community is a separate state from Jamaica. Although...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:07 AM

The Delta strain is here and with it went the last hopes of achieving herd immunity through mass vaccination programmes. However, there is still talk about vaccinating to protect you and your loved ones. Companies are still considering mandatory...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:07 AM

In the Caribbean, we would learn so much more if we practised talking to each other. If only we could cross the colonial language barriers of English, Spanish, French and Dutch, we would realise that we have more in common than our apparent...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:06 AM

At the very minute that I am writing this newspaper column, I am certain that the prime minister of this country must be thinking that after the huge win in September 2020, this time was not any way near what he figured it would be. COVID-19 has...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Bountiful are the praises we shower on our meagrely paid front-line workers for the self-sacrificial work they do. Oh, those beautiful, bountiful praises! The priorities of successive Jamaican government administrations over the years can be...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:06 AM

On July 19 and 20, Toshimitsu Motegi, minister for foreign affairs of Japan, visited Jamaica. It was the first visit to Jamaica for a foreign affairs minister of Japan. During his stay in Jamaica, he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Andrew...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:06 AM

My four years in Jamaica have been enriched by the people I have met and experiences we have shared. On my first visit to an all-inclusive resort where I had a speaking engagement, I decided to take a dip in the Caribbean Sea and saw a hut attended...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:05 AM

Recently, “freedom of speech” has become a hot-button topic. Police arrested at least three persons in circumstances suggesting the “crime” was telling PM to jump off (using more indelicate and less biblical language). One was famously forced to “...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:07 AM

The recent tabling of a bill in the National Assembly of Guyana to give effect to a 2018 ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is a development to be highly commended as illustrating governance by dialogue. Attorney General Anil Nandlall...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Citizens’ associations are coming together in an organised manner and clamouring for planning considerations to protect low-rise dwellings. This extends the development debate heightened during the Gleaner Editors’ Forum held on June 24 to make a...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:06 AM

The alarming rate of increase in the incidence of violence against women has, unexpectedly, not incensed us as a people to a deeper curiosity about its root cause and how to overcome it. We seem somehow preoccupied with more laws and stiffer...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:06 AM

While everyone’s attention was focused on the Olympics, high-level government discussions were taking place that resulted in a Cabinet decision to vote against the “High in” front-of-package label and food-labelling standard proposed by the...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:05 AM

Having critically analysed Senate weaknesses and proposed reconstruction last week, it’s time to do a similar exercise for the House of Representatives. Reality is the House needs more than simple reconstruction. Right now Jamaica doesn’t have a...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:05 AM

In this week’s Reparation Conversations, a collaboration between The Gleaner and The UWI’s Centre for Reparation Research, Dr June Soomer turns the spotlight on the indigenous peoples and their right to reparatory justice. The establishment of...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:05 AM

The prime minister is obviously a man of many parts, and he would be most aware of the history of pandemics. Based on this, he would know that in the 1918 Flu pandemic, the management of the first two waves of the pandemic were conducted under...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Jamaica’s governance structure is full of anti-democratic, impractical institutions, the most dysfunctional of which is the Senate. To begin with, it’s so disconnected from we the people that despite its mandate to critically review legislation...

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