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    Politics and the bureaucracy

    All of us have some knowledge of what politics is because of either our observation of it and/or our participation in it.  Some of us have knowledge of the bureaucracy and invariably, a negative view of it as something that impedes and/or delays accomplishment of policy objectives.  In brief,...
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    The Bad, the Ugly, the Good!

    Drive along Knutsford Boulevard any week day morning, just above the police station and see the “stoosh” cars double parked as occupants try to do business and fill their hungry stomachs with ‘Juici beef’ meals.  Honestly?  Traffic block! and just above the police station?  Let us hope that the...
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    Vulnerability of our elders

     As I sat in the forum organised for Pan African Day at the University of the West Indies on the afternoon of Friday, May 26, and listened to Dr Bernard, Professor Rupert Lewis, Dr Shani Roper and Earl Moxam speak about renowned journalist Peter Abrahams who was murdered in...
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    Balancing our democracy – Part II

    In part one we focused on the public sector and gave an overall picture of the global trends in terms of women’s participation in power and decision-making. So how do women in Jamaica fare in the private sector? Much Ado About Nothing? In  January, 2015, the International Labour Organization...
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    Balancing our democracy – Part I

    Globally, the participation of women and men in formal or informal decision-making structures differs between countries and is generally male-dominated. Many factors contend — cultural, economic, social, institutional, political and other forces combine to actively limit women’s equal access to power and decision-making. The World Bank, in its 2012...
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    I have the audacity and right to hope that I will not be raped!

     Such might be the musings of an average girl child or an adolescent female in Jamaica who is now aware of the epidemic of sexual assaults, including rape, which girl children and adolescent females have experienced in recent times. She might continue: I have the audacity and the right...
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    World Citizenship: Key to sustainable development

    What makes for a good citizen? Is it one’s cultural connection or maybe one’s involvement in community work and empowerment?  To whom do we ascribe the coveted title of “good citizen”? For many it will be both a cultural awareness and community-based participation, as well as having specific political...
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    The Red Flag

    “Lisa, please come this way,” was the instruction they gave as the guards pulled a long red rope to barricade the perimeter. I was not allowed to cross. That was it. The final curtain call. I exited stage left as the bright lights heralded the new queen. That was...
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    The Phillips Presidency

    WILL HE BE BOLD ENOUGH TO AXE NON-PERFORMERS ? Peter David Phillips on the weekend fulfilled what is being widely reported as a ‘lifelong dream’ of becoming President of the 78 year old People’s National Party (PNP). He’s the fifth President of the oldest political party in the English...

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