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It must have been déjà vu for the million or so Jamaicans who live in squatter communities listening to Thursday’s Throne Speech. Attempts to grapple with this problem and all its attendant social ills have eluded...

“My son is under a doctor’s care today and should not take PE today. Please execute him.” Since my father and mother never saw my report card or homework book because I relieved them of the hard labour of signing those useless...

Parliament is not the Church. It is a place where representatives of the people are supposed to represent the people. Parliament is hardly representative of the people, however. It is dominated by men and they are mainly middle class. That men have...

When news broke two weeks ago about the murder of East Portland Member of Parliament (MP), Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, I happened to be on the corners with some of my drinking buddies. Almost immediately my-not-so well-informed colleagues started...

A little after midnight on a day in 1974, my one-year-old son, Mark Jr, became ill with what turned out to be gastroenteritis. I had been out late that Friday and I was in a bit of panic as I arrived home and the live-in helper gave me the news that my wife had rushed off to children’s hospital...

Recently, on the occasion of the body of Judith Rose Spencer, medical doctor, being discovered in a pond on a university campus, there was a newscast in which the University of the West Indies (UWI)...

This newspaper is often impressed with, so takes seriously, Howard Mitchell’s interventions in the national discourse, including his proposal last week that we borrow Britain’s mechanism of imposing unexplained wealth orders (UWO) to...

Those who would defend the rights of women to decide for themselves whether to terminate a pregnancy should also engage with the argument that the developing foetus is equivalent to a person. If the foetus is morally equivalent to a child, even...

Permit me to throw my support behind engineer Howard Chin’s suggestion that we use biology to deal with the mosquito crisis. I have often wondered why we seem to be chasing mosquitoes all over the place when they seem to be dodging us. An...
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