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Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:15 AMNed Brown/Guest Columnist

A few weeks back, Western ­countries came together for the Munich Security Conference. While Davos deals primarily with economic and finance matters, the Munich ­conference ­examines the state of democracies, free markets, security, and global...

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:13 AM

I had not seen one of my patients for way over a decade. I knew her parents long before she was conceived. I saw her through her formative years, but then she fell off my radar. When I saw her for the first in a very long time, I had to catch up on...

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:12 AM

It’s a matter of regret that unlike the Commonwealth, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at its summit last week, apparently couldn’t close the fault lines on a common candidate for the job of secretary general of the Organization of American...

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The cynicism of more than half the Jamaican citizenry about the national enterprise is the ­greatest threat to democracy. The country needs a big idea, a compelling purpose, around which personal ­endeavour and ­community energy can coalesce....

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 1:42 PM

Michael Abrahams Online Columnist Many of us know people who are being emotionally or physically abused but remain with their partners. The victims are most often women, and the perpetrators men, but it can be vice-versa, and abuse also occurs in...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:28 AM

I pick up The Gleaner this morning and read: ‘Soldier shoots cop in reported love triangle in Portmore’. As I write, the story is getting very wide circulation on social media, a timely reminder to those of us apt to concentrate on by-elections and...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:28 AM

It’s definitely not the same as out of the fire into the frying pan. Gay politicians in Jamaica are not prepared to come out of the proverbial closet. But, I speculate, they would be quite pleased to find themselves in the Cabinet, a rather...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:21 AM

The elected member of parliament (MP) used his privileged position to shoot a verbal spear gun in the direction of his colleague in the House. Either the target ducked or the aim of the shooter was not as straight as he would have wanted but the...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:20 AM

As Jamaica prepares to present budget 2020-2021, it is critical that our policymakers, commentators and journalists who shape public opinion move beyond the pedestrian analyses of absolute versus relative size of the budget and focus more on the...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Seven years ago, when Argentinian Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope, we, like millions around the world, looked forward to a significant transformation of the Roman Catholic Church. That is to say, we expected he would have nudged it into the 21st...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Reggae Month was launched in 2008. It was decided that February – Black History Month and the month that includes Martin Luther King Day and Bob Marley’s birthday, etc – would be the appropriate time to celebrate Reggae Month. Every year, there are...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:15 AM

Swift, precise action is now needed to reduce the level of violence in our schools. In the last few weeks, teacher- student conflicts appear to have escalated in many of our institutions of learning. It could be that the graphic images now...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Goosey Goosey Gander, whither shall I wander? Upstairs and downstairs and in my lady’s chamber. There I met an old man who wouldn’t say his prayers, So I took him by his left leg and threw him down the stairs. If you think the treatment...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:35 AM

We welcome the apparent advance in negotiations between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the region’s telecoms on a new regime for call and data roaming in the Caribbean, but are holding our applause until there are further and better...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:34 AMFrank L.R. Manborde/Guest Columnist

Recently, I wrote in this newspaper about the devastating consequences of scamming and cybercrimes affecting Westmoreland, and of the need for the government to spare no effort to go after those who are hiding and scamming across the parish. This...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:33 AM

Reparation is an ancient theological concept whereby persons who have committed sins, or who have benefited from the sins of others, must perform some concrete act to expiate their own sin or the sins of others. The need to make reparation for...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:05 AMEric Osborne/Guest Columnist

We are very grateful for the media coverage on the profound health benefits of magic mushrooms and the healing work that MycoMeditations does. We also appreciate the opportunity to clear up any confusion that may have arisen from the article,...

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:27 AM

With the Holness administration making the declaration of states of public emergencies the centrepiece of its crime-fighting strategy, we would be surprised if the issue of ‘good faith’ certificates, given to the soldiers charged for Keith Clarke...

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMLipton Matthews/Guest Columnist

In a market economy, prices act as a signalling mechanism directing the allocation and distribution of resources. Despite the utility of price signals in making markets competitive, politicians often advocate price controls under the guise of...

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Last year, Jamaica-born Orlando Patterson, Harvard professor and noted Caribbean intellectual, gave a lecture at the University of the West Indies, based on his recent book, The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament....

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Like the rest of the world, I have been somewhat keeping abreast of the goings-on that have come to define Donald Trump’s entry into the US political arena, and his ascendency to the presidency. Suffice to say while his behaviour is troubling to...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:34 AM

Among Jamaica’s more impressive developments in public infrastructure in recent decades is the expansion of its network of highways and major roads. There is, for instance, the tolled east-west segment, between Portmore, St Catherine, and May Pen,...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:11 AMAnnette Henry/Guest Columnist

The prohibitionist treatment of the cannabis sativa plant, coupled with the outdated drug laws, continues to be an issue of deep social significance in the international space, the Caribbean and, by no lesser means, to the people of Jamaica who...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:11 AM

CARICOM Heads of Government will be concluding their Intersessional Meeting in Barbados today. This meeting is chaired by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who has responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in the quasi-Cabinet....

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Last week’s admission by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, of his own failing in not pushing back harder against institutional racism in the Church of England, as well as the mandate by its synod that the church be more vocal against it,...

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