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Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In September 2015, member states of the United Nations (UN) adopted the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, which has 17 goals for sustainable development (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.Nine of the SDGs have a trade focus. Importantly, Goal 17...

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In recent years, we have stressed the importance of fighting corruption at all levels.Apart from the social injustice it creates, corruption eats away at institutions and has negative consequences for countries' development.Each dollar lost to...

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The deepening scandal over the seeming abandon with which managers at Petrojam, the oil refinery, tossed around taxpayers' money triggered the resignations of the three Jamaica Government-appointed board members.It is also likely to have reinforced...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We appreciate the pledge by Andrew Wheatley, the energy minister, to deal decisively with the complaints of mismanagement, nepotism, and corruption at the Petrojam oil refinery, of which he apparently believes there is, at the very least, prima...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It now appears that the stench emanating from Petrojam is so strong that the minister of energy cannot bear it anymore and has summoned the three Jamaican directors to a meeting. Despite the minister's apparent concern, there is no indication that...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Self-professed liberals' support of freedom of speech has been exposed as no different from conservatives' (i.e., contingent on agreement with what's said).In that alleged bastion of free speech, USA, its current president, aka 'Fastest Thumbs in...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:05 AM

It was 2:30 am and I was sleeping soundly but was awakened by the familiar default ringtone of my iPhone. I glanced at the screen and, on seeing a familiar name, promptly took the call. It was Andrene*, and it was...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The new testing regime for primary-school students, which is to be modelled this week, deserves support. Ability and performance assessments from grades four to six will supplement a curriculum-based examination. This represents a distinct...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

My father transitioned six years ago, several days shy of his 84th birthday. Among his fine qualities were his magnanimity, honour, bravery, dedication, brilliance and fatherhood. My father had three of us. I am the oldest, then came my sister, and...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In a little more than a fortnight, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders gather in Jamaica for their annual summit at which Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in keeping with the community's system of rotation, will be installed as the group's chairman...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Once you start down the road – or highway – to perdition, it can be hard to turn back. I’m speaking, of course, of the ongoing 'naming war' that erupted with the administration’s decision to name the North-South...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On Friday, May 25, this year, Jean-Ann Bartley, in a letter to The Gleaner, made a powerful observation that the Jamaican people are partly to blame for the bad policies pursued by governments.Using repetition and the time the PNP ran the government...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In the years in which reparation advocates have been active in the campaign for reparation for native genocide, African enslavement and post-colonial harm, some remarkable advances have been made.The Jamaican Parliament has passed a historic...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Antony Anderson, Jamaica's police chief, has placed on the table a policy question that has dogged constabularies around the world and should be clearly addressed in new legislation the Holness administration is now crafting for the police force.It...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, one a mi friend dem aks mi if mi did hear di new name fi di North-South highway. Not Edward Seaga Highway! Dat a di 'official' name. Di people dem outa road a call di highway Seaga jacket! Mi nearly dead wid laugh. A...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A United States Supreme Court ruling that will allow states to strike off voters who haven't voted for six years is a significant test of voting rights, for it has the effect of disenfranchising thousands of voters in America.The conservative...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Can someone please explain why we are so wedded to the idea of zoning schools and forcing parents to send their children to educational institutions that are in proximity to their home?I've long lost count of the innumerable suggestions from young...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"What's purple and hums?" An electric grape."Why does it hum?" Because it doesn't know the words.This quip was used by Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian professor who predicted the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it became a reality, to tell us how...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We suspect that Mia Mottley hasn't asked, but we, nonetheless, suggest that Prime Minister Andrew Holness offer the Barbadian leader Jamaica's technical help, and other support, in crafting and managing what will inevitably be a tough and painful...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I really appreciate the article by Dr Horace Levy (PhD philosophy) in Wednesday's Gleaner, which makes a genuine attempt to further the national abortion debate.I have been frustrated by the refusal of pro-abortion campaigners to engage the issues...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I still have in my outbox the text I sent to Dr Bernard Headley after reading his moving story in The Sunday Gleaner about how his father missed being on the Windrush. "Great story," I texted him. He had died only hours earlier.But Headley was not...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

At 88 years old, many of us would have thought that Eddie Seaga would easily merit his stripe as 'elder statesman' and shown the respect for being such a rarity. No such luck though. Controversy is what follows whether he stands up or take a seat....

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In hindsight, it is perhaps understandable that Jamaica doesn't, at this time, appear to have a coherent and clearly articulated foreign policy. A new one may have been in the making. Perchance that was not the case, the circumstances are opportune...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are still lingering questions concerning former National Security Minister Peter Bunting granting certificates of immunity to three soldiers who were involved in the killing of businessman Keith Clarke during a state of emergency declared...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In an article published in The Gleaner on May 31, a contributor under the pseudonym J'Aristotle stated that "The saga - his description of the events unfolding between Pearnel Charles and Robert Nesta Morgan - is reminiscent of that which followed...

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