The politics of epidemics and the epidemics of politics

REMEMBER the days when Michigan and Smiley sang: "Lick dem wid dangerous diseases"? It was a simpler time than this. Today, from East to West, across the globe, diseases are rampant and there's no need for a song. These days, we are wrestling with a nasty little virus which bears a name sounding ve ... Read More

Degrees of accreditation and the embattled UCJ
THE recent debate about accreditation is good and raised the profile of the UCJ beyond its ken. It a ... Read More

Politicians will be politicians anywhere you go A politician's argument
TODAY is the 76th anniversary of the inauguration of the People's National Party (PNP). Its first ai ... Read More

Jamaican and in love Jamaican and in love
I am a Jamaican, I love my people, and I am absolutely consumed with trying to determine what is the ... Read More

My Uncle Roger

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

The late Uncle Roger

Dear Editor, I've known Uncle Roger for maybe more than 30 years. As a child my father and mother would take my brother Hugh, sister Donna, and me to his residence in St Paul's, St Elizabeth, for visits and sleepovers. On other occasions I would accompany my father to Uncle Roger’s residence to socialise, eat some of Aunt Sonia's great dishes of curried goat, beef, roast pork, and listen to some of the most interesting political commentaries one could ever have had the benefit of hearing. ... Read More

Scotland's independence potentially destabilising

Earle SCARLETT | Thursday, September 18, 2014    

GLASGOW, Scotland — A group of No campaign supporters holding up posters as
former British Prime Minister and No campaigner for the Scottish independence
referendum Gordon Brown (right) briefly speaks to them as he leaves after
delivering a speech at a No campaign event in Glasgow, yesterday. Will the

FOR many reasons, Scotland's vote for independence today embodies troublesome global complexities. As salutary as a "yes" vote may appear to advocates, there are potentially destabilising ramifications for the international context. Among some of the domestic issues that London could face following an affirmative outcome is the impact on David Cameron's Government, Labour leader Ed Miliband's concern over his party losing seats in parliament, replacement of the Union Jack, and resolution of cur ... Read More

Trade and economic rejuvenation

Anthony GOMES | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

There are many dysfunctional aspects of trade in Jamaica, both domestic and international.

It was gratifying to read the Jamaica Observer's editorial on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 that highlighted the many dysfunctional aspects of trade in Jamaica both domestic and international. It is of the utmost importance that our business leaders work towards gathering the trading companies and to once more amalgamate the strength of this body into a productive force which can move our ailing economy forward. Reflect for a moment on these comments from 1979: "I believe we need to encourage s ... Read More

The uglification of Jamaica

Lloyd B SMITH | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

A volunteer loads a truck with plastic bottles and other waste after a clean-up drive.

JAMAICA has oftentimes been described as an island paradise. Indeed, some people even refer to it as the closest thing to the biblical Garden of Eden. I well recall the first time I visited the United States of America, many years ago, and how proud and elated I was when many Americans whom I met and was introduced to expressed much envy at the fact that I lived in "paradise". When Christopher Columbus "discovered" Jamaica he expressed much wonder at the beauty of the island, and throughout the ... Read More

Is Portia's leadership really that bad?

Grace VIRTUE | Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Portia Simpson Miller, our seventh prime minister, is one of only two to serve two non-consecutive terms -- the other was Michael Manley. In 2013, Simpson Miller was elected vice-president of Socialist International and, in 2012, Time Magazine named her among its "100 Most Influential Persons in the World", alongside United States President Barack Obama, tycoon Warren Buffet, Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy, and other illustrious leaders. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-New York) authored ... Read More

Micromanagement and the tax collection process

BY CURTIS WEBLEY | Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke

I read in the Jamaica Observer on September 10, 2014 that 60 per cent of landowners in Kingston and St Andrew fail to honour their property tax obligation. The article further stated that the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is sending a listing of property tax compliance from the different communities to members of parliament and councillors. The Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke also posited that community meetings are on the agenda to address the collection process. I was baffled ... Read More

ROGER CLARKE: loyal and faithful to the end

Everton PRYCE | Monday, September 15, 2014    

CLARKE... easily one of the most-loved public figures across the political divide

THERE is no denying the shock, disbelief and mourning that we have witnessed in this country since the untimely passing of Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, the Honourable Roger Clarke, in the United States of America after undergoing successful non-invasive back surgery. It is as a result of the genuine love harboured for him in the cave of the heart by Jamaicans of all walks of life, at home and abroad. We had merely finished mourning the death of former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke w ... Read More

Jamaica needs more 'INDECOMs'

Jean LOWRIE-CHIN | Monday, September 15, 2014    

Why is it that there is
an ‘INDECOM’ for
wayward cops and no
similar organisation for
wayward politicians,
teachers, pastors, etc?

I look at every commissioner of police with so much sympathy. Past scenarios have rumours swirling and, before you know it, 'Commish' falls from someone's good graces and the taps begin to sound. We do hope that Commissioner Carl Williams will be able to weather the many storms he must face in his rigorous new post. It is a fact that there are some terrible rogues in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but Jamaica should know that those are in the minority. Most of our police officers are dedicated ... Read More

No 'bang belly economy' ‘round here, Clovis

GARFIELD HIGGINS | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

No ‘bang belly economy’

According to an old French motto, Noblesse oblige — One must live up to one's name. The Rothschilds' condition of life has imposed on them a second motto: Richesse oblige — One must live up to one's fortune. — Guy de Rothschild Like most people, I have a few hobbies. Mine are collecting old Jamaican currency notes, seeing the beautiful outdoors of this physically majestic paradise nicknamed land of wood and water, which I have not done for several months now, due to what Dr Pe ... Read More

Is Sir Hilary Beckles the right person to lead the UWI?

MARK WIGNALL | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

BECKLES... vice chancellor-designate
of the University of the West Indies

IN search of explanations as to why the UWI Selection Committee would come to the conclusion that Sir Hilary Beckles -- champion of what I see as an impossible claim for reparations for slavery -- was the right person to the lead the University of the West Indies at this time, I posed several questions to two US-based, Caribbean-born political economists, Trevor A Campbell (Jamaica) and Hilbourne A Watson (Barbados). Campbell and Watson are part of a team of scholars, associated with the online ... Read More



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