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What do we do for Africa?

Images of starving in Africa are plenty.

Jamaicans say they love Africa but are absent when Africa needs help. With Ebola rampant we wrung hands. When girls were kidnapped, we bawl the living eye water. Now famine stalks Africa, we do nothing. Once we were in tune with roots; black Americans had no glossy picture books about fictional emp ... Read More

National Heroes Park (File Photo) The ups and downs of Race Course history
It seems a force is determined to deprive residents of Allman Town and other long-established commun ... Read More

The entrance to Jamaica College on Old Hope Road. It all comes out in the wash
The Welshman William Haydn Middleton, who was headmaster of Jamaica College (JC) from 1965 to 1970, ... Read More

No attempt at dissecting Jamaica’s political and economic fortunes during this 1972-1980 period can ever be made without providing a full account of the role played by the United States of America. Responsible accounting of our history
There is an African proverb that states, “Unless the lion is able to read and to write, the on ... Read More

Views from the west: A look at western Jamaica’s crime problem

BY Fernandez ‘Bingy’ Smith | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

There are three basic factors driving the crime wave in western Jamaica — the economic factor, social factor and the political factor. These collectively are the main pillars on which criminal intent, anti-social behaviour, and lawlessness are built. They give the clearest indication that a community is ideal for the planting of the seeds for crime and other aspects of anti-social behaviour. When one looks at the crime statistics in western Jamaica’s four parishes -—Trelawny ... Read More

Not with whips, but with scorpions

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw

One of the important goals of Government this fiscal year is the rationalisation of public bodies to see how best they could serve in promoting national development. This exercise is long overdue. There are 61 self-financed public bodies in the country varying in size and regulatory functions as far as the physical and economic infrastructure of the country is concerned. In the 2016-17 fiscal year they would have transferred $52.2 billion to the Government’s coffers while retaining a surpl ... Read More

Walk good, Mama P, the people’s heroine

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Portia Simpson Miller blows a farewell kiss to her parliamentary colleagues after making her final presentation as leader of the Opposition last week. (Garfield Robinson)

The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. — Merchant of Venice On April 2, 2017, Portia Simpson Miller, a woman known for her compassion and love for her people, especially the poor, will demit office as leader of the Opposition and president of the People’s National Party (PNP). She will hand over leadership of the PNP to the ‘thinker’, Dr Peter Phillips, who is widely expected to reinvigorate and rejuvenat ... Read More

Careful how we reach back in history to castigate, Higgins

Hugh M Dunbar | Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

MANLEY... did not live to see the People’s National Party serve more than two terms of Government in succession

I believe that for a nation to progress it must have a clear understanding of its past, not with a view of placing blame, but to note those things that were successful, and failures. The past provides invaluable lessons in causes and effect, and the circumstances that lead to both, which if understood will provide a road map to make our decisions today. This brings me to the much-revered tendency of reaching back into history to castigate or lionise individuals whose actions have had lasting im ... Read More

Derek Walcott: Caribbean colossus

Wayne Kublalsingh | Monday, March 20, 2017    

The late Derek Walcott (Observer)

Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such as way as to magnify it. Not only did he give our landscape a certain epic status, he conferred on it deific significance as perhaps only the fallen Taino, Arahuacan ancestors, deified before. Here is Walcott writing in Omeros: … he same sunrise stirred the feathered lances of cane down the archipelago’s highways. This is not just cane. Cane you pass by when comin ... Read More

Those economic growth rate predictions...

BY PAUL WARD | Monday, March 20, 2017    

Having examined the debt to gross domestic product (GDP) predictions and outcomes in a previous comment on this year’s fiscal policy paper (FPP) which accompanies the budget (although it was much-delayed this year), I turn now to the figures given on economic growth. Their seems to be some improvement for 2016, but the data show clearly that the fluctuations in the quarterly economic growth rate over the last three years have been driven very much by agriculture (except manufacturing doin ... Read More

Portia Simpson Miller’s historic journey

Monday, March 20, 2017    

SIMPSON MILLER... I have seen first-hand how people can rise from poverty and obscurity to greatness (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

Portia Simpson Miller’s budget presentation last week was in fact a fond farewell. What a journey she has had serving, for over 40 years, as Member of Parliament of St Andrew South Western, a constituency of serious challenges — the type that women politicians tend to inherit. It took courage for young Councillor Portia Simpson to step up and campaign to become a parliamentarian, and even more to seek the presidency of the People’s National Party. This column has commented on h ... Read More

The PNP, Michael Manley and democratic socialism wrecked Jamaica

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

MANLEY...swept into power on the ‘better mus’ come’ slogan

A tree is known by its fruits. — Zulu Proverb Some weeks ago I predicted in this space that one of the primary strategies of the People’s National Party in Opposition (PNP) would be the propagation of fake news. The PNP is entirely predictable these days. This excerpt from last Monday’s Jamaica Observer is the most recent evidence that I am right. “Opposition Spokesman on Finance, and the man who will take up leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) later t ... Read More

Radical advocacy: Are we ready for it?

Lorenzo Smith | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Black Muslim leader Malcolm X

Over the past two weeks or so there has been much criticism, scepticism, and a general lack of understanding about the aims and objectives of the #TambourineArmy. Much of this lack of understanding was displayed on social media, particularly Twitter. Twitter is ironically the same space within which several members would voice their displeasure with an issue and would go as far as to call for a revolution. But do we understand the trappings of a revolution or, better yet, are we ready for it? ... Read More

Vision or perish: So where are the visionaries and the vision?

Al Miller | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

MANLEY...had a vision that excited a people to possibilities

In this series of articles I have invited you to look at the critical elements to build a great nation: the new Jamaica we all desire. So far we have looked at two fundamental pillars: Justice and Truth. Now, let’s look at a third: Vision. John Lennon, one of the famous British band The Beatles, wrote a song in 1971 that enraged some and encouraged others. It said in part: “Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, t ... Read More



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