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

“China was the spiritual pillar Which help[ed] me survive The days in [the South African] Robben Island prison off Cape Town!” – Nelson Mandela President Joe Biden’s idea for a Western capitalist alternative to China’s Belt...

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

At the start of the George Wright fiasco, the Opposition struggled mightily to sound concerned about “gender-based violence”, which has suddenly become a priority sub-set of a pandemic of violence infecting Jamaica for decades. From its house of...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:07 AM

‘Gunmen still on top’ was the front-page blast from the April to May publication of The News, a self described a community newspaper. With a graphical attachment, the article began with, ‘Gunmen continued to hold the upper hand over the security...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Haiti was in a constitutional and political crisis before the assassination of its President Jovenel Moïse in the early hours of the morning of July 7. That crisis has worsened. It is now explosive unless representatives of the main political...

Published:Monday | July 5, 2021 | 9:51 AM

July 4 is CARICOM Day and the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a regional integration process of 14 independent Member States and Montserrat, which is still a British...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:07 AM

By now everybody knows I’m a big fan of the 2011 Charter of Fundamental Rights inserted into our otherwise flawed Constitution. My only critique of it is that it doesn’t go far enough. I’m aghast that it expressly “saves” and legitimises pre-...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:07 AM

There is a coalition of advocates at the local, national, and international levels that is calling for cost-effective front-of-package (FOP) warning labels (‘high in’) on food items. Given the crises of lifestyle diseases (non-communicable diseases...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:07 AM

To enter Sandra’s shop, one has to push open an ugly iron gate. At one side of a paved area leading to a hodgepodge of households is Sandra’s little board shop. Don’t be fooled. Sandra makes good money. But her expenses are high. During the height...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:06 AM

In this edition of Reparation Conversations, a collaboration between The Gleaner and Centre for Reparation Research, University of the West Indies, Chair of the Antigua and Barbuda National Reparations Committee, Dorbrene O’Marde (DO), talks to...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Using a very well-funded campaign, certain stakeholders – Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), The Ministry of Health and Wellness, among others – have engaged in a campaign that has portrayed manufacturers as...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:11 AM

There are not many people socially and economically brave like well-known Montego Bay businesswoman Janet Silvera, who has expressed the view that she would be in favour of government funding being used to establish a designated area for...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Thanks to expansive government largesse in advance of an anticipated local government election, Jamaican partygoers are set to have more fun without regard for consequence than a fox in a hen house. On Tuesday, the prime minister came to...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:07 AM

T he Speaker’s rulings are ordinarily respected and abided by all members of the House in Parliament. Where, however, the Speaker is in error on a point of law, as opposed to an error in the exercise of judgment on a matter of discretion accorded...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:07 AM

The consequences of a lack of equitable access to vaccines continue to be evident in Jamaica and in many other developing countries. The shortage of vaccines in developing countries, due partially to hoarding by developed countries, has shaped...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Zambia’s “founding father,” Kenneth Kaunda, who died in a Lusaka hospital on June 17 at the age of 97, was the last of the first generation of African leaders who fought for the liberation of their countries. A devout Christian and ascetic Gandhian...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:11 AM

In a society where the value systems are challenged and family structures are strained, exemplary fathers seem to be rare. it is still debatable whether this absence is ‘cause’ or ‘effect.’ While I do not share the sentiments of many, that the...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Can you imagine walking more than 1,000 kilometres with your children and one suitcase of belongings? That is the marathon journey many Venezuelan refugees and migrants have made as they flee the crisis afflicting their country to reach a safe...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Since I arrived in Jamaica about six months ago, I have been writing in The Gleaner on issues concerning the bilateral relationship of India and Jamaica, India’s economic and cultural aspects, and so on. But today, I will cross the rubicon and make...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:06 AM

I write this on board my British Airways flight from London to Kingston after seeing my four-month old grandson, Joshua, for the first time. My own little son, Adam, becoming a father was another form of graduation for him and indeed for me. He now...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:06 AM

“In nothing do men more closely approach the gods than in giving health to men.” – Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) On Thursday evening, I received very sad news: at 3:45 earlier,, in the afternoon, Professor Cyril Fletcher had passed away. Many years...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:06 AM

It doesn’t really matter whether he is from the rarefied air of an uptown 10-bedroom house mostly cloaked in morning fog or he lives in the afternoon stink of an urban gully bank. It is the same. He walks around being sure in the knowledge that...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Over the past few months, the world has watched as Namibia and Germany grapple with finding a resolution to the over five-year negotiation process, started in 2015, which aims to achieve reparatory and restorative justice for the Nama and Ovaherero...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 10:22 AM

The most fundamental principle of the New Covenant is religious liberty or freedom of conscience. Under the Old Covenant, God's Moral Law as contained in the Ten Commandments, along with the Statutes and Judgements that amplified and clarified...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:13 AM

Climate change is a “hoax” and yet, this “hoax” has become a dangerous threat to the development and advancement of life on Earth. As populations increase, consumption and production surge to meet the up-trend in demand. This is often done with...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:13 AM

Attempts to reverse the ongoing degradation of ecosystems in the Caribbean, largely due to human activity, have been consistently coming up short. In establishing a 10-year action plan, ministers for the environment in the region have committed...

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