Columns

America unsheathes its sword

Bruce Golding | Sunday, December, 24 2017    

It was not a veiled threat shrouded in diplomatic speak and there was no need to read between the lines. “The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested that I report back on those who voted against us,” stated Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the... Read More

Agenda Preview: Let's tip the scales

Saturday, December, 23 2017    

As the country celebrates the Yuletide season and marches towards the close of the year, Jamaicans can't help but take note of the mounting tallies of murders and other violent crimes. Against that background, columnist Al Miller champions the effort to change the flow of the tide. He says we... Read More

Merry Christmas; haven't we been here before?

Franklin Johnston | Friday, December, 22 2017    

This is our 55th Christmas since Independence and Jamaica is on track in the prosperity agenda for the first time at last. It began with the People's National Party righting economic fundamentals and continued into growth with the Jamaica Labour Party. It has been a... Read More

Christmas and lessons of experience

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, December, 22 2017    

Christmas is around the corner, the highly anticipated season of joyous celebration and happiness. This time, however, the focus has been not so much on occasions of merriment, but of contemplation brought on by the passing of two noted members of the media profession — Lester... Read More

Similarities with the first Christmas

Michael Burke | Thursday, December, 21 2017    

So Christmas is being observed this year amidst a growing amount of crime and violence. This is very much like the first Christmas when Jesus Christ was born. Yes, there was a shining star and the magi that brought the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But there was great agony and... Read More

As Jamaica approaches 2018...

Richard Blackford | Thursday, December, 21 2017    

The close of 2017 is less than two weeks away, and when that time comes we will (in our own different ways) welcome 2018 cloaked in its own mystery. These final days of a challenging 2017 beg for introspection and review by all of us, especially if you are Jamaican or... Read More

Get the Israeli's to help with our crime problem

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, December, 20 2017    

As we move further into the Yuletide season, many Jamaicans will be preoccupied with the runaway murder rate in the country. This does not mean that it will dampen Christmas celebrations too much, as Jamaicans are known to have an enjoyable Christmas no matter the... Read More

The Jamaican economy: A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

Wednesday, December, 20 2017    

Sunday , December 10, 2017 the ballroom of the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston brimmed with the best of Jamaica's business and entrepreneurial class. The event: The 20th annual Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award. Read More

Wellbeing economy: A new paradigm for Jamaica

Henry J Lewis | Tuesday, December, 19 2017    

There is an insatiable appetite for gross domestic product (GDP) growth in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The Economic Growth Council (EGC) has projected a “5 in 4” GDP growth and is ensuring the Government does everything possible to achieve this goal. The assumption is that if Jamaica... Read More

Dodging potholes a national pastime

Lloyd B Smith | Tuesday, December, 19 2017    

Welcome to pothole country! This may well be the sign placed at various locations across Jamaica. In the wake of the recent persistent showers of rain across the country, hundreds of potholes, from the tiny to the humongous, have emerged; causing much discomfort, danger... Read More

No economic growth without slowing the body count

Monday, December, 18 2017    

This past week, Jamaicans were greeted with two announcements that, in my opinion, served to support the view that the Jamaican Government is not only at sea with addressing the major problems facing the country, but also bent on pussyfooting its way around the issues... Read More

Compassion can conquer crime in Jamaica

Monday, December, 18 2017    

Every Sunday, a humble dressmaker in St Elizabeth by the name of Ferguson takes two plates of dinner to her elderly neighbours. It is only after she assists them that she and her children sit down to eat. There are hundreds of church members throughout Jamaica who do... Read More

The tangled web of money, guns and politics

Garfield Higgins | Sunday, December, 17 2017    

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. — Marcus Tullius Cicero  Read More

Hero-worship, corruption, and the media

Canute Thompson, PhD | Sunday, December, 17 2017    

In a recent column, entitled 'Alternative facts, half-truths and honour', published on December 10, 2017, I argued that the defining character of the US President Donald Trump's personality and presidency is the capacity to mislead and deceive. I warned, however, that Trump's conduct offers an... Read More

Culture, crime, policing and Montego Bay

BY JASON MCKAY | Sunday, December, 17 2017    

Very few things in life ever develop in isolation. Crime is no different, neither is culture. As crime develops, it becomes part of the culture and the environment in which it exists. Furthermore, as it dominates it becomes an endemic part of that... Read More



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