• Prisons, prison deals and politics

    Congratulations are in order for the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) branch of the Jamaican police force who last week completed the arrest of 25 members of the Terrence gang accused of reigning terror on communities in St Catherine, Clarendon, St Andrew, St Mary, Trelawny, St Ann, and...
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    Where’s the adult example of good behaviour for our children?

      The care and protection of our children has been the subject of many stories in both the print and electronic media recently. The social media videos of parents “disciplining” children have prompted our Prime Minister to propose the banning of any form of physical contact between adult and...
  • If you’re going to sell yourself, at least be expensive

    Jamaica has been selling off bits and pieces for ages, be it bauxite rights, our port (leased out) or even the sugar belt and Goat Island which has been granted to the Chinese.   This has naturally stirred nationalistic tendencies in us human beings who inhabit this island. We...
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    Climate change, gender and persons with disabilities in small island developing states

    (This article was originally published by Indi McLymont-Lafayette and Petre Williams- Raynor in a booklet produced by FES Panos Caribbean )   Climate change is perhaps the single most devastating challenge facing small-island developing states (SIDS), among which Jamaica and the other islands of the Caribbean are counted. Among...
  • Disaster response: Free advice for the last time

    A well-researched diary of a natural disaster is an essential tool at this time, but in various parts. Firstly there is a need to deal with the conditions precedent and conducive to the formation of hurricanes, and predictive of earthquakes. This is a longer-term body of scientific research, data...
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    Conquering our personal Everests is our choice

    The world can seem to be an awful place at times. The young die early, the good suffer while the bad, it seems, live happy and contented lives. Those who try to make it from the bottom seem to always end up shafted by the system and the beasts...
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    The state of our democracy: why corruption is a ‘gendered’ issue! [Part I]

    Currently, the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is trying to push through ‘The Integrity Commission Bill.’  As of July 21, 2017, it was headed to the House of Representatives for final review.  In the eyes of a diversity of civil society actors — feminist activists, human rights defenders, social justice...
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    The New Dark Age

    History does not repeat itself. That is one of the first facts drilled into anyone who has studied history, and that statement holds true almost always. History cannot repeat itself as the conditions that man faced during the 1700s are totally different to the conditions facing mankind today in...
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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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