Thursday, May 24, 2018

Op-ED

Discrimination: It may well be necessary

 I have been seriously asking this very important question from the moment I started following American politics: How necessary is discrimination for a moral, functional society?Many in America keep fighting for the 'abolition' of discrimination on the basis that the US is the land of the free and it was designed (intended) to give everyone freedom to everything such as speech, lifestyle, and positions of power.

Gun Control In America: Time For Action Not A Bag of Words

During the 1980s and early 1990s Jamaica was plagued by gun violence due to the divisive political rhetorics of the nations two political parties,...

We managed very well without the plastics

Dear Editor, One must say a big “thank you” to the many volunteers who periodically relieve our beach environment of the plethora of plastics and other refuse. It is high time we strongly enforce our anti-litter laws or ban the importation of plastic bottles and styrofoam.

The principle of (good) authority

Increasing numbers of people, sectors and organisations want a world without rules to govern their behaviour. They want to be free to follow their feelings and ideas without restrictions. Whereas rights and liberties must be allowed, they can never be carte blanche and cannot be in contravention of wider governing principles.

A blot on our nation

If you close your eyes to facts you will learn through accidents. — Moroccan proverb 

Use your votes to protect yourselves and Jamaica

Taken from an address to a town hall meeting last Thursday at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York, put on by GraceKennedy Money Services and Western Union. The Jamaican Diaspora continues to be a source of immense pride to us back home. It is exceptional in the depth of its patriotism the extent to which it cherishes its identity and exudes the strength of our culture.

Foreign policy lessons from the resistance of Rastafarians

The use of force is still very much a part of the foreign policy and diplomatic considerations of all states, even small ones. In the latter case, what they consider is not using force themselves, but force being used against them.

Is Jamaica ‘coming in from the cold’?

“Well, the biggest, biggest man you ever, ever did-a see, was-a was-a once a baby in this life, in this life, in this life in this, oh, sweet life, we're (coming in from the cold) from the cold.” — Coming in From the Cold, Bob Marley, Uprising album, released in 1980. 

A foreign policy that must speak truth to friend and foe

Jamaica's foreign policy appears to be becoming less possible to predict in respect of what stance the country will take on international issues. Our guess would be that at the core of this presumably new direction is pragmatism over the idealism that emerged out of the pre- and post-independence euphoria which won Jamaica pride of place among small developing states as an important voice in the corridors of world power.

World Council of Churches’ cry of agony and despair over Israeli violence

Christian churches, for the most part, have long held that Jews are the chosen people of God, and they have generally looked the other way when Israel was using deadly weapons to mow down stone-throwing Arab men, women and children.

Pentecost, credit unions and history

 This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday in most churches. Also, this weekend the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League will hold its annual convention, at the end of which will be the annual general meeting of the credit union league. I attempt, as I did last week, to use major church events to teach and comment about current realities; this week Pentecost and credit unions.

Avoid the bunker mentality, Mr Holness

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has chastised the Government for its failure to host post-Cabinet meetings with journalists since November last year.“The Government seems to have effectively abandoned the post-Cabinet press briefings,” PAJ President Mrs Dionne Jackson Miller said in a statement circulated last week.

Woman empowerment and/vs marginalisation of our men

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), in its recently published report on employment in Jamaica, indicated that women are being employed 11 times more than their male counterparts. To some people this report may have come as a shock; for others, it speaks to the unwelcomed marginalisation of our men which has been taking place for some time. Still, for others, the report is welcomed as it points to women reasserting themselves in making themselves...

The green of stress and greed

Money . Cash. Green stuff. Why is US currency green? Who decided on the classic green hue? According to an online article by the History Channel , the US Bureau of Printing and Engraving selected the green colour because the ink was plentiful and resistant to chemical changes; and green symbolises stability, life, and growth ( www.history.com ).

No need to dispense with EPOC, Dr Clarke

Incompetent fiscal planning and ineffective macroeconomic management have been among the largest contributors to Jamaica's extremely poor record of economic growth.The institution responsible for fiscal management is the Ministry of Finance which, it must be said, has been staffed by honest, dedicated and hard-working civil servants who should be lauded for doing the best they can.

Keeping our fingers crossed for an oil find

Over the next 12 to 18 months Jamaicans will be keeping their fingers crossed that the country's first-ever oil and gas exploration 3-D seismic survey, just ended, will confirm indications of commercial quantities of the commodity on our south coast.

A world less safe

Events affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries. They are not!

Setting the table for culture

The Creator in nature teaches fundamental lessons that, when observed and applied, produce amazing results and pay great dividends. One such lesson is that everything that grows has a culture and an environment in which it flourishes best. Some plants grow in cold climates, some in warm, some in dry areas, and others in damp.

Is North Korea sincere in its commitment to complete denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula?

The summit meeting between President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea produced tangible progress on three fronts. Those are: 1) the development of inter-Korean relations in a sustainable manner, 2) the alleviation of military tension, and 3) the denuclearisation and the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

A legacy tarnished

The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom starring the legendary comedian Bill Cosby. The show aired for eight seasons on NBC , from September 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992.The show's main focus was the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class, African American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

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