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Published:Sunday | June 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

RECENT EVENTS on the national scene have caused the public to reflect upon the Judeo-Christian tradition that has a considerable history but does not always find itself into the everyday conversation.

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

BETWEEN 1962 and 2009 Jamaica's murder rate went from 3.9 to 62.2 per 100,000 - perhaps the greatest violent death rate increase experienced by any country not at war.

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

SIX CRIME bills were debated in Parliament on June 8. Coincidentally, by the end of May, Jamaica's murder rate had passed 750. Last year was a record year for murders. This year could be another. The end-of-May number was 99 more than that of the same period last year.

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

1. There is before the Parliament of Jamaica proposed legislation which is not in the best interest of the people whom the 60 members of Parliament have sworn to represent.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE CURRENT socio-political crises in Jamaica have been starkly brought home to all citizens of the nation state by the tragic events that have defined the life chances of the women in Tivoli Gardens.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

MOST OF US heard on the news reports on Monday, May 25, the anguished cry of a resident of the Tivoli Gardens community: "All dis fi one man? Dat nuh right!" In the moment, I thought to myself that truer words were never spoken, but on reflection changed my view. This isn't all for one man. This is a battle for Jamaica.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This is the final of a two-part series on education. The writer argued in the end of the first instalment that the policy of free education introduced by the Michael Manley administration in 1973 was costly and, thus, adversely impacted the financial viability of other social programmes.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

PORTIA SIMPSON Miller likes to speak of the power of community. The power of community can be good or bad, depending on who controls power in the community. Of the 780 communities across the island, a small minority is terrorised by gangs and an even smaller amount is actually controlled by them.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

AS TIME passes and the history of our parliamentary democracy comes to be examined, Tuesday, June 1, 2010, will come to be remembered as the day when two members of the House of Representatives, Mrs Shahine Robinson and Mr Clive Mullings, came to represent the face of Jamaica's Government.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

TRUTH IS the first casualty of war. So let's start with some undeniable truths. It is true that some of the most dangerous criminals in Jamaica have been chased out of their enclave in Tivoli Gardens. It is true that gunmen who used to openly and brazenly walk the streets of Tivoli with their big guns can no longer do so today; that criminal 'soldiers' have had to abandon their fortresses.

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

EXTRADITION, hiring United States lobbyists, resignation calls and apology, and the Tivoli Gardens operation have blown the start of the hurricane season out of the public mind. And yesterday was World Environment Day, marked on June 5, every year.

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

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Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The shattering and deadly assault on terrorist elements in Tivoli Gardens, which has dislodged one of Jamaica's most nefarious criminal networks, are years overdue.

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It was the garrison paramilitaries, confident in their strength and desperate in their cause, which opened hostilities in the Coke War.

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This is the first of a two-part series on education.

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Rudolph Brown/PhotographerPNP leader Portia Simpson Miller, in addressing the May 16 NEC meeting, said the party should look in the mirror.POLITICS OF OUR TIMEAs for those criminal gangs and garrison dons supposedly...

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

An unintended and potentially beneficial consequence of the events of the past week could be to build consensus about the need to be more strategic in our approach to early childhood development (ECD).

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Bruce Golding's address to the nation last Monday was about three things: an apology, the decision to sign the order to proceed with the Coke extradition, and political reform.

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following article was submitted by the Public Theology Forum, an ecumenical group of ministers and theologians.

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from a speech delivered at the luncheon of the Insurance Association of Jamaica, Wednesday, May 19, by Joseph M Matalon, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica.

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Between August 6, 1962, and today, May 23, more than 30,000 Jamaicans have been killed. Most of them in connection with the practice of the dirty politics of the country by the People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It had to come to this. The show of naked criminal power and defiance; the brazen display of territorial control and dominance; the frightening public demonstration of overlordship of the lives of residents; the virtual "I dare you!" message of the criminal underworld.

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The anger and agony experienced by the nation over the last week, while a demonstration of the growing political maturity of the Jamaica populace, must also stand as a rebuke to the political class.

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Yes, there are other things happening in the country.Government and media here have unsheathed their swords again for another battle in a never-ending conflict. As a student of media and communication, I have more than a spectator's interest.

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There is both an optimistic and a cynical view of democracy which says that people should have the power to make their own decisions but, just in case they abuse that power, there should be checks and balances against power holders.

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