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Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Our lives have been twisting, turning and caught up in states of confusion in all of 2020. In 2021 in the midst of COVID-19 variants, we have been reminded that the confusion will knock on our door, push its way past us and start to spread its bed...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:06 AM

August is special for India and Jamaica. Both countries achieved independence from colonial rule during this month,15 years apart. Many would believe that the similarities end here. After all, what could two countries, 15,000 kilometres away from...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 10:33 AM

I was fortunate to be born on August 1, Emancipation Day, and over the years, I have noticed that Emancipation Day functions as a flashpoint in Jamaica. One axis of thought about our history in this northern Caribbean island celebrates Emancipation...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:05 AM

Africa’s griots are fabled repositories of their people’s history. This August marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, which took place in South...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:33 AM

After 59 years of independence, Jamaica has much to be proud of. However, there are some hard truths that we must confront in order to move this nation forward. TRUTH ONE: RENEW EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE Jamaica’s education and healthcare...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:33 AM

Stories, poetry, and various methods of communicating messages, along with principles and morals, represent ways in which Jews described in the Bible talk about the history of God and ways in which their relationship with the divine evolved over...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:33 AM

One experience I’ll never forget is when I spent a solid 10 minutes making a fool of myself trying to balance rice grains on the back of my fork at a student leadership workshop on dining etiquette some time ago. It was an insightful experience. I...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:33 AM

The Jamaican Emancipation and Independence projects are not yet complete. Much work is left to be done to fulfil the dreams of those who fought tirelessly and sacrificed their lives for us to be free and independent. Yes, there is a lot we can be...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:32 AM

In this edition of Reparation Conversations, a collaboration between The Gleaner and the Centre for Reparation Research (CRR), University of the West Indies, Professor Verene Shepherd, director of the CRR, reflects on another Emancipation Day...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:31 AM

Richard Azan and Ian Hayles have in common the fact that in September 2020,both of them were swept away by the Andrew Holness and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) political tsunami. After that, the differences between the two People’s National Party (...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:31 AM

This seems a good time to talk about “independence”. On April 19, The Gleaner reported: “In a new marker for central banking in Jamaica, the amended Bank of Jamaica Act took effect on Friday, April 16, giving the BOJ full independence to craft...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:15 PM

Haiti represents an unfortunate conundrum for the Caribbean as it has long been plagued by instability. To date, no clear solution has emerged on how to address the nation’s challenges. Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, increased...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:08 AM

For the small island developing states of the Caribbean, the issues of food security and malnutrition are closely tied to agri-food trade, owing to the region’s dependence on food imports and the food-lifestyle choices of the population. Given...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:07 AM

According to the World Health Organization, overweight (body mass index over 25) doubled among adults in Jamaica between 1975 and 2016 while it increased by a factor of five among children between five and 19 years old. The evolution of diabetes...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Many of us in the Caribbean are deeply saddened by the recent developments in Haiti and in Cuba. We are also saddened and concerned by the lame, inconsequential response by CARICOM on the assassination of Haiti’s President Moïse, which was ignored...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Has the political party formerly known as the People’s National Party (PNP) changed its name to Better Rise United Clique Up Party (BRUCUP)? Although I haven’t seen an official announcement, this must be so because in any other party, the immediate...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:07 AM

I sighted up or became aware of Rastafari in my early twenties, which provided a self-identity model to counteract the negative stereotypes of African people present in the Jamaican popular culture. Embracing Rastafari resulted in a change of my...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:07 AM

On June 22, the Government made a decision, which it knew was a big gamble on its part and on the part of the country. The big players in the tourism sector were reaping early rewards for their jump-start on opening. Those in the entertainment...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:06 AM

The year 2020 will be remembered as one where a bad situation for many of our fellow Jamaicans got even worse than they had ever imagined and challenging for them even to think of how to address their needs for food, clothes, shelter, medicine, etc...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:17 AM

The athletic world was in shock when it was announced recently that American sprint sensation Sha’Carri Richardson had received a 30 day suspension for an “adverse analytical finding”. Evidence of a cannabinoid was discovered in the 21-year-old’s...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:17 AM

So, despite arrogant, bigoted chants of “Football is coming home” from British boors, “home” turned out to be Rome. Then nerdish liberals (and BoJo) suddenly sounded astonished (nothing was said when spectators booed teams who kneeled before an...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:16 AM

Research on the effects of toxic stress and trauma on the brain suggests that cruelty and neglect of children could be the cause of much of the violence in Jamaica. A little stress is necessary for survival; it teaches us how to be resilient....

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:16 AM

In this edition of Reparation Conversations, a collaboration between The Gleaner and Centre for Reparation Research, The University of the West Indies, Garifuna Afro-Latino author Jóse Francisco Ávila (JFA) talks to Gabrielle Hemmings (GH) about...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:16 AM

In a July 8 press release from the Office of the Prime Minister, which announced his appointment as a member of the Privy Council, an important part of it states, “Prime Minister Holness is to attend a meeting of the Privy Council in order to take...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:08 AM

In an article published in The Observer on July 6, the Minister of Education, Youth, and Information, Fayval Williams, is quoted as saying, “We will close homes if we get reports of abuse in those homes, and we will investigate later.” This was...

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