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Norman Manley’s last triumph

NW MANLEY... It is clear that his preoccupation was about democracy, equality of opportunities, and the building of an egalitarian society.

Today is the 47th anniversary of Norman Manley’s last and perhaps greatest political triumph: when he led the People’s National Party (PNP) to its second political victory on election day, July 28, 1959. To have a full understanding of its significance, let us look at a brief history of ... Read More

NOAILLES, Haiti — Samuel paints a metal craft with a mixture of black paint and varnish, in the village of Noailles, in Croix des Bouquets, 12.9 kilometers (8.0 miles) to the northeast of Port-au-Prince on April 19, 2016.Photo: AFP How can we help Haiti’s state of affairs?
In 1804, Haiti deposed French colonial rule and emerged as the world’s first black-led republi ... Read More

In today’s global financial services sector, banks are being forced to change their models in such a way to combat the vulnerability associated with technology. Withdrawing correspondent banking services does not advance the anti-money laundering fight
The most recent development in the Caribbean financial sector is that of the threat of correspondent ... Read More

CALIFORNIA, United States - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Redding Municipal Airport Friday, June 3, 2016. The emerging Trumpian menace
The presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the United States presidential election in Nov ... Read More

Bunting the most prepared successor

BY Robert Dalley | Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

On June 10, 2016 the Jamaica Observer published a politically stimulating, incisive and intrinsically interesting editorial cartoon by the indefatigable Sir Clovis vividly showing People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller at the top of a tree strenuously, vigorously and firmly holding on, with Lisa Hanna pushing the trunk of the tree , while Peter Bunting looks on. Since being elected president of the party she has lost two national elections. Politically speaking, Simpson ... Read More

We must take the local gov’t road to prosperity

Omar Francis | Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Local government was recognised for its ability to be a coordinating forum for Government within a democratic framework.

The main theme within Jamaican politics circa 2016 is ‘prosperity’. The newly elected Jamaican Government, under the Jamaica Labour Party Administration, has made this theme the central focus of its governing philosophy. Within this movement, the country, having endured a period of austerity as a means of managing economic development, has now turned its focus on propelling the lives of Jamaicans forward on a platform that recognises Jamaica’s status of being a predominantly po ... Read More

Beyond our votes, do black lives matter to you Clinton?

Richard Hugh Blackford | Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Jim Crowe’s Hanging Tree by Richard Hugh Blackford

Dear Mrs Hillary Clinton, Congratulations on virtually securing the nomination as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president of the United States of America, and congratulations too on your selection of Tim Kaine as your “running mate”. I do have some concerns, though, with the place that America finds itself today, what with the racist hate and misogynistic overtures of your Republican opponent, and whither the direction of the country come November 2016. August 28, 20 ... Read More

Between Jamrock and other hard places

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, July 25, 2016    

The damaged vehicle from another angle.

With reports of racist attacks in the US and terrorist attacks in the Middle East and Europe, we’d better batten down and secure Jamaica. “Foreign” is certainly not looking as attractive as it used to, so why not make Jamaica safe and prosperous, so we stop yearning so much for distant shores? We should heed the passionate address by National Security Minister Robert Montague at his ministry’s conference on citizen security held last week in Montego Bay. He gave a rallyi ... Read More

Farmers ready to join Caricom, Brexit

Norman Grant | Monday, July 25, 2016    

On Wednesday July 13, 2016, hundreds of the nation’s farmers met at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, as the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) held its 121st annual general meeting (AGM) of the membership of the country’s umbrella farmers’ organisation that represents the nation’s over 220,000 farmers. The JAS is in advanced discussion to approve the membership of the country’s approximately 20,000 fisher folk as an affiliate organisation. This was th ... Read More

Turkey restores democracy and the order

Hasan Servet Oktem | Monday, July 25, 2016    

ANKARA, Turkey — Citizens wave their national flags as they protest against the military coup outside Turkey’s Parliament near the Turkish military headquarters in Ankara on Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP)

Turkish people will never forget the date of July 15, 2016.This was a horrible day as a coup attempt by a group of military personnelwas perpetrated that day to overthrow the democratically elected Government and to suspend the constitutional order in Turkey. July 15, 2016 will also be celebrated by Turkish society as heroic Turkish citizens, at the risk of their lives, prevented this minority group of soldiers, by taking over the streets and main circles in Istanbul and Ankara in order to prot ... Read More

Arbitral tribunal on South China Sea

Monday, July 25, 2016    

Niu Qingbao

On July 12, 2016, the Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea rendered an award in an attempt to undermine China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea. This is an illegal award rendered by an illegal tribunal in an attempt to undermine one country’s sovereign and maritime rights under the cloak of law. It is no less than an assault on international rule of law. First, the existence of the tribunal is fatally flawed. The tribunal quoted ... Read More

Peter Bunting is no political dunce

Christopher Burns | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller (at podium), along with candidates and officials of the party in a sombre mood at PNP headquarters on the night of February 26, 2016 after losing the general election.

Peter Bunting delivered a political masterstroke last week by announcing that he would not challenge the incumbent president of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller, but instead would allow her to determine a timetable for her exit. By electing to follow the pathway of the “politics of delay”, Peter Bunting has wittingly or unwittingly moved to infuse significant organisational stability and equilibrium into the PNP. As we all know, the PNP has, in recent t ... Read More

HAJ state of affairs years in the making

H Karl Bennett | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

A duplex at the Housing Agency of Jamaica’s housing development, The Vistas at Runaway Bay. Under that project all of more than 80 homes include photovoltaic systems and solar water heating.

I am responding to articles and comments reported in the media as coming from the chairman of the Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited (HAJ) and the minister without portfolio with responsibility for water, land and housing in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation regarding losses of approximately $3 billion at the HAJ within the past three years and on “questionable decisions”. For the record, I was engaged to serve as the managing director on December 13, 2013 at a time of ... Read More

PHOTO: No political dunce

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Peter Bunting

On The Agenda this week is the changed winds of the People’s National Party leadership race. Christopher Burns tackles the many opinions on Peter Bunting’s aborted challenge — that never even got started. Burns says the decision was a masterstroke, as Bunting needs to spend more time shoring up delegate support. Bunting must ensure the delegates do not feel he has pushed out their “Mama P”, as she still wields tremendous influence. A stellar political play, says Bur ... Read More



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