Columns

Jamaica needs a new constitution

Franklin Johnston | Friday, December, 29 2017    

For 55 years our constitution has been uninspiring, and more people can quote the US's one than ours. It did not get us to eschew crime or be productive, so if we toss it we lose nothing. Read More

Calling for 'The Ward'

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, December, 29 2017    

When will the Ward Theatre come into action again? One of the most famous Jamaican centres of the arts, the Ward originated as a landmark in 1912, presented to the city of Kingston by Charles James Ward, a lieutenant colonel and custos of Kingston. Read More

The torrents of 2017

Michael Burke | Thursday, December, 28 2017    

The year 2017 had several milestones as I signposted in my very first column for this year. I did my best to highlight them, but my one regret is that I did not do a column on the Council of Voluntary Social Services, which celebrated 75 years this year. Read More

Abstaining from voting on Jerusalem at the UN a good move

BY FABIAN LEWIS | Thursday, December, 28 2017    

 The recent abstention from voting on a United Nations resolution by Jamaica has elicited a storm of controversy, or should I say, histrionics — most of it contrived and ridiculous. Read More

The current Opposition is a gift to the JLP that keeps on giving

Richard Blackford | Thursday, December, 28 2017    

I had taken the decision that the less said about Jamaica's political Opposition, the People's National Party (PNP), the better, since in my opinion the organisation has done very little in the nearly two years in the Opposition benches to warrant writing anything. Read More

Is the Gov't abandoning the high moral ground on Jerusalem?

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, December, 27 2017    

Any hallmark of good governance is the fidelity to principles that one considers almost sacrosanct. One does not bend from these principles to serve another end, unless there is compelling reason to do so. At that point of revision, a larger and more unassailable principle takes its place, which... Read More

Returning inmates to their families

Wednesday, December, 27 2017    

The Jamaica Observer main story a few days ago highlighting the wish of a child to have her incarcerated father returned to her has opened the door to a very troubling problem. Read More

'Twas the night before

Lance Neita | Monday, December, 25 2017    

THE Christmas story is a thrilling narrative of those momentous events that took place leading up and around the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. True, the dates may not be historically factual, but Christians accept the gospel accounts as spiritual or theological documents inspired... Read More

Jesus's virgin birth: Borrowed from the mystery religions?

Clinton Chisholm | Monday, December, 25 2017    

The more popular claims of borrowing or influence between Christianity and the mysteries pertain to the birth/death/resurrection of Jesus Christ. What were the mystery religions? Read More

Peace and goodwill to all

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Monday, December, 25 2017    

Our team had their Christmas get-together last week with the young students from Grant's Pen who we support through our scholarship fund. We spoke about their challenges, and our accountant Errol Howlett, who is also the manager of the Allman-Woodford Football Club,... Read More

With fingers crossed and hands clasped...about the weather

Evan Thompson | Monday, December, 25 2017    

It's Christmastime and, most appropriately, wishes for a holy, joyous, merry or peaceful Christmas season are being shared among family, friends, associates, and acquaintances near and far. The greetings from the Meteorological Service go a lot deeper than that, however, because there... Read More

19 months with Andrew Holness-led Administration: Signs of sunrise

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, December, 24 2017    

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. — Dr Samuel Johnson Read More

Let's tip the scales this Christmas

Al Miller | Sunday, December, 24 2017    

Our world community, and Christians in particular, celebrate the historic and irrefutable fact of the birth of Jesus, the saviour — The gift of the God of eternity intervening in time to save a world trapped in the darkness of evil and... Read More

The limits of leadership by deception: Lessons for Jamaican politicians

Dr Canute Thompson | Sunday, December, 24 2017    

When it comes to corruption — my emphasis — the current Administration has not distinguished itself from any previous administration — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) or People's National Party (PNP) — and that is where I have a distinct... Read More

That John Danger coup at Fort Augusta

BY SHALMAN SCOTT | Sunday, December, 24 2017    

Long before the Jamaica Defence Force headquarters at Up Park Camp, during British slavery around the world, including Jamaica, Fort Augusta in St Catherine was the ultimate and final national military defence location in Jamaica. Read More



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