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After 55 years, independent Jamaica is still a plantation state in a permanent struggle to shed its colonial cocoon. No Jamaican is born with badness in his DNA, but the social environment in which we are raised is the crucible that creates either...

When on January 8 a Gleaner headline alerted us that there were already "38 murders for the first six days of 2018", one wanted to reflexively declare: Fake news! Except this was a Jamaica Gleaner headline and report of more than six murders per day...

This is how the Office Of the Prime Minister's (OPM) website 'sold' the National Identification System (NIDS)."Why a NIDS?At present, Jamaica does not have a central national database with the accompanying systems to support secure, reliable...

This is Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But there is something about that Siths that hit the fans in the wrong place. What I liked about that movie was that it led to an unmasking of the infamous villainous character, Darth Vader, and we came to see...

There have been frequent calls in the media and from various private-sector groups for a national consensus on fighting crime. The rationale is that homicides have now ballooned to trigger ringing alarm bells for every responsible person and...

Writing a weekly column is not easy. Gathering facts and commentary on which to base your opinion, and then putting everything together, is one thing. Making the written product plausible and capable of holding interest is another. Yet another is...

Jamaica is now the darling of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The November 2017 visit of Madame Lagarde, managing director of the Fund, the second in two years, is a testament to the Fund's close and friendly relationship with the country....

A telephone conversation with Margaret, the wife of my former colleague Ian Boyne, and a brief epitaph that my shaking hands barely managed to scribble in the condolence book at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), where Ian worked for a long time...

Violence will resume in the lulled Jacques Road-Goodwich Lane conflict as soon as work is restarted on the National Housing Trust construction site in the area.Control of the construction site was the cause of the upsurge of gang warfare in the area...

Every individual unlucky enough to be appointed by his prime minister to the post of minister of national security begins his new political and social life in negative-performance territory.To compound matters, the security minister has no say in...
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