Gordon Robinson | Visa revocation is not just a Vaz problem

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Two recent high-profile USA visa revocations (and hints of more) brought into sharp focus Jamaicans’ irrational lust for and all-encompassing reliance on the American visa. Joe Blow’s and Jane Payne’s visas are revoked all the time. The USA, as a…

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Courtney Campbell | Education, good parenting critical to child development

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Excerpts from speech at the recent Jamaica Basic School Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala in the United Kingdom. That the Jamaica Basic School Foundation (JBSF) will, in 2020, celebrate 20 years of service to Jamaica is testament to the…

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Mark Wignall | Where is the meat, America?

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In 2012, the New York Times wrote a column, part of which read: “China’s economic might has rolled up to America’s doorstep in the Caribbean with a flurry of loans from state banks, investments by companies, and outright gifts from the government…

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Anthony Gambrill | Jamaica in Britain – The Malcolms of Poltalloch

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The Malcolms of Poltalloch are typified by historians as feudal inferiors in Argyll, Scotland, who transformed themselves into a wealthy dynasty not only as landlords in their own country, but with enterprises in Jamaica, and, eventually, other…

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Orrette Fisher | Should the ECJ have a say in determining the Portmore municipal boundaries?

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The Government recently brought to Parliament proposed changes to the boundaries for the Municipality of Portmore. The opposition objected on the grounds that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) had not been consulted ahead of the proposed…

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Norris McDonald | High crimes and the impeachment of ‘Donald the Great Trump’

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President Donald Trump and his family own 38 registered trademarks in China. Some of these were approved after Trump became president. And yet ‘Donald the Great’ Trump has the audacity to rail about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter…

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Alfred Dawes | The law of the jungle

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Since mankind decided to end the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and engage in farming 12,000 years ago, we adopted new ways of living. We put aside the concept that only the mightiest will survive – the law of the jungle. After all, the best farmer is…

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Frank Phipps | Dudus and the secret MOUs

Gleaner on November 3rd, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

We were right, but Dudus was expelled just as if we were wrong. The report from The Gleaner Editors’ Forum on electronic surveillance is headed ‘ Gov’t pulled plug on Phillips’ US, UK MOUs’ , clearly referring to secret memoranda signed by Dr…

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Mark Wignall | If SOE is not it, what then?

Gleaner on November 3rd, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

A recent Gleaner story has informed us that we have already spent about J$230 million in police expenditure on states of emergency (SOEs) and I suspect that those doing the cost/benefit analysis would like to know if the well which provided that…

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Gordon Robinson | Try keeping your shoes out of your mouth, Delroy

Gleaner on November 3rd, 2019 | File Under In Focus -

The heated paternity leave conversation brings to mind one of Yogi Berra’s notorious faux pas “Feels like Déjà vu all over again”. As usual, the subject has been analysed to death. This is a modern proclivity, especially whenever it involves man/…

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