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Government and opposition women senators (from left) Natalie Campbell Rodriques, Janice Allen, Kamina Johnson Smith, Sherene Golding Campbell, Donna Scott Mottley, Sophia Fraser-Binns, Gabriela Morris, and Dr Saphire Longmore

For a brief period last weekend, Icelanders believed that theirs was the first country in the European Union to elect a majority of women to parliament, the Alþingi. Initial election results gave women 33 of the 63 seats in the legislature – 52 per...
Guns are so central to Jamaica’s murder rate that the authorities keep a list of Jamaica’s 30 deadliest guns based on ballistic matches.

Do Jamaican governments want to address violent crime? The Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Igarapé Institute is a non-profit, independent think-and-do tank focused on public, climate and digital security’s consequences for democracy. It operates in 20...
The temporal relationship between vaccination and the onset of anomalous menstrual symptoms strongly suggests that the vaccines may have a causative effect.

Several of my patients and female friends have told me they have noticed a disruption of their menstrual cycles after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Colleagues of mine have also been receiving similar reports. The symptoms include periods returning...

Like the rest of the country, I welcome the incoming Chief of Defence Staff, Commodore Antonette Wemyss Gorman. Like Rear Admirals Peter Brady and Hardley Lewin, she comes in from the Coast Guard arm of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and based on...

Sir Michael (Mick) Jagger has not yet drawn the interest of Trini rapper, Nicki Minaj, whose surname ‘Maraj-Petty’ says it all, but he has certainly attracted mine which goes beyond Jagger’s ‘Rolling Stones’ even though, according to Wikipedia,...

A favourite topic of the media is the rise of extremism. This usually refers to far right or religious extremism. Anti-immigration, overtones of racism, radical conservatism, and religious fundamentalism are often packaged together for supporters...

If Mark Golding is embracing good, though unsolicited, advice he won’t engage in undue hand-wringing over the latest opinion polls confirming his and his party’s loss of ground among Jamaican voters. There is no need for spin. That he couldn’t...

The Jamaica Labour Party won the 2020 general election with only 408,376 votes of the 1,913,410 registered voters, which means they had the support of only 21 per cent of the electorate, a relatively small minority. I do not agree with the many...

Our democracy has, sadly, been characterised by the abysmal performance of far too many politicians – some of whom their only accolade seems to be long service. Undoubtedly, this has contributed to the apathy, disillusionment, and high levels of...

Jamaica’s decision to raise with its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners what the foreign affairs minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, casts as Britain’s non-transparent system for determining which COVID-19-vaccinated people are let into the...
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