• The Art Of War In Action

    Having spent some time reflecting on the management of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jamaica, my thoughts zeroed in on The Art of War, written over 2,000 years ago and a classic which historians attribute to Chinese general, military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu. Though published long ago,...
  • Emancipation and Reparation

    There is understandable scepticism as to whether the wave of protests, following on the murder of George Floyd, will provide any lasting and sustained justice for blacks in the United States. The Economist references how the unrest has “globalized the struggle against racism”; and I might add, how it...
  • Shaping the Future from the Present: Can Wage Subsidy help?

    In the last decade, developing countries have been examining the feasibility of introducing wage subsidies as part of an active labour market programme to address issues of employment and skills development.  In a general sense, wage subsidy is often used as part of a public policy instrument aimed at...
  • The poor will be the real victims

    By Joan Williams As one watches the developments, discussions, and  debates taking place since the scourge of the novel coronavirus attacked the world, it is not difficult to remember the words of Walter Bagehot, the late British journalist, that “Poverty is  such an anomaly to rich people, that it...
  • This madness from the BOJ

    Last week Friday, April 24, 2020 was a very disappointing afternoon for me. It was the announcement by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) that it had requested certain financial institutions not to make dividend payments (even those declared late 2019) to their shareholders. I was consumed by anger and...
  • Now is our time to leap history’s hurdles

    The curfew starting at 3:00 pm over the Easter weekend brought a time of quiet; time to think above the usual hustle and bustle; above the needless blowing of horns by impatient and frustrated road users; above the crass behaviours of the up and downtowners throwing garbage out of...
  • Despite the misery, coronavirus is doing mankind a great good

    Out of evil comes good. Being a positive person, I always like to take the position that all things happen for the greater good. Corona caused me to miss, probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Kenya in April 2020 and an upcoming trip to St. Augustine, Florida in May 2020...
  • A time of forced awakening

    I start by congratulating the Government of Jamaica, especially PM Holness and Minister Tufton on taking strong leadership stances, supported by Cabinet and officials, with regard to retarding the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The decisions made in containing the potential spread of the viral infection have...
  • In The Face Of COVID-19: Vigilance, Education And Survival The Name Of The Game

    The cutting-edge media story of the last several weeks continues to focus on the spread of the COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) and seems not to be going away (like the virus itself) despite several elections; political campaigning; bombing and war; peace treaties; BREXIT; and several former “hot topics”. This in...