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Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:03 AM

In much of the world, the level of violence has been falling for decades. UK data show violent crime at the lowest level since 1981, while in the USA, it has fallen by nearly 75 per cent since 1994. Some areas have done even better. The murder rate...

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

So 17 months after the former mayor of Montego Bay, Senator Charles Sinclair, sparked a debate about the need for a state of emergency in St James, the rest of the country is now watching on as that same remedy is applied in a parish where 335...

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Stepmothers are mean. We all know them to be evil wenches with a trademark hideous, hairy mole somewhere on their faces and an annoyingly piercing nasal voice. Cruelty is what they are good at.Think Cinderella's stepmother who turned her into a maid...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 11:05 PMGordon Robinson

One thing I've learned during my lifetime is not to judge others.I see readers' eyes rolling into their foreheads: "Yu gwaan! Yu judge all di time inna dese columns." No. What I'm relentless and unapologetic about is analysis beyond superficial;...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:52 AMMichael Abrahams

Father Fernando Karadima appeared to be a really cool guy. A very popular figure in Chile, he was a spiritual leader and father figure for many young men in Santiago, the nation’s capital. Based in the parish Parroquia El Bosque, he mingled...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Despite official touting, multisectoral support and massive security deployment, the brazen bloodletting has continued beyond the zones of special operations and, now, even the state of emergency.No one expected a quick fix, but the nagging question...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I'm not going to refer to them as gunmen. That suggests that those cold-blooded killers are a facsimile of real men, and it also suggests that they are respectful of what guns can do. All those boys can do is point and squeeze a trigger.People who...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are different kinds of crime in Jamaica, so different strategies are required. There are economic crimes, focused on profit, such as scamming, trafficking in narcotics, weapons and counterfeit goods, misinvoicing, fraud, misappropriation of...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Mi no know wa mek so much people a nyam up demself through Donald Trump seh di whole a Africa an Haiti an El Salvador a sh**hole. Dem a gwaan like seh dem never know seh a dat Donald Trump tink bout certain people. All happen, di...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This might sound like a sick pun, but if my child or any other child is being abused, I am not simply turning the other cheek, or, in the recent controversial case, take it on the Chin. Growing up in the typical lower-class neighbourhoods, too many...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Americans have spoken about Jamaica's crime situation in no uncertain terms. Whether the country likes it or not, it had better get its house in order.The Government's declaration of a state of public emergency in St James on Thursday, with...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There were five different articles of 'Prophecies' published by The Gleaner earlier this month. Get that? FIVE! Of course, I have studied them avidly to see what the upcoming year holds in store. Trust me, we have some serious stuff coming up.I...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is need for clarity from the Holness administration on where it is going with its policy to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks whether by taxing the products or by voluntary restraint by manufacturers.Most countries that have tackled the...

Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

SOS Children's Village, Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre, and Glenhope Place of Safety have all had infernos over the years. Walker's Place of Safety, which, like the others, falls under the umbrella of residential child-protection facility, is...

Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There has been quite a bit of panic since the start of the year. At the end of the first week, about 42 murders - an average of six per day - were reported. One would think that this would impress upon us the urgency with which we must move to...

Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Easter was a big event in my village and the little cinema pulled out all the stops so it was non-stop religious movies. One of the perennial favourites was The Ten Commandments. Gerald King went to that and said he reached late, so he only saw...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The 2018 Grammys will be held in New York on January 28, and all eyes are on the Reggae category. Overall, it has been a great year for reggae for many artistes, like Sizzla, Tarrus Riley and Charlie Blacks, who have all broken new ground with their...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Backed into a corner by the rising wave of murders, the Holness administration had few cards left to play besides a state of emergency. If the Government had twiddled its fingers much longer, the parish of St James would have been swamped in a...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On October 31, 2017, the world marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, that deep split within Western Christianity that began with Roman Catholic theologian and monk, Martin Luther. It was preceded in the year 1054 by a deeper...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Often in life, we catch glimpses of people's life in the public domain and wrongly conclude that we 'know' them or a lot about them. We read and hear about them in the media and we may even follow their careers with passing or great interest. Then...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

For tourism interests, 2017 was a relatively good year, and this trend is poised to continue in 2018, largely because Brand Jamaica remains strong, we have attractive indigenous product offerings, and we have the best tourism workers in the world as...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) are based on the National Security Policy, which recommended a 'clear, hold and build' strategy for normalising the high-crime communities in Jamaica. Clear, hold and build is a strategy used in areas with...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Towards the end of 1973, I moved out of my parents' house and started a 'dolly house' with Ann-Marie, my girlfriend (who would eventually become my wife), and the infant son, Mark Jr, that we had recently, wonderfully and magically made."Place the...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

About two weeks ago, the head of the Police Officers Association (POA) made some serious and far-reaching allegations against the honourable minister of national security. The claim was that the honourable minister was interfering in the allocation...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have been digesting the commentary regarding the crime conundrum which has been coming from multiple sectors of our society, including the Opposition and the private sector. It is good that more voices are speaking out, but talk is easy. Actions...

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