Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | January 25, 2015
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Enquiry botched from beginning
Cawn't sey me neva dida warn yu! For years I've been urging readers not to permit political abuse of the Commissions of Enquiry Act, but, as usual, I'm dismissed as the Grinch who stole daytime entertainment.

CCJ again?
A decade ago when I had my entry in media, I gave unequivocal support for the idea of a regional court of appeal to replace the Privy Council. Having an institution synthesising the essence of Caribbean intellect and unity was so enticing that I almost expected someone to dance over to my table top and ask for a tip.

Religious liberty and the secular state
Yesterday, Seventh-day Adventists crammed the National Arena with their major Religious Liberty Festival featuring high-level international speakers and representatives of the broader local religious community. It was a celebration of Jamaica's enviable history of religious freedom and tolerance.

Let technology lead way in education
The merger of education and innovation in this decade as the standard modus operandi is, without contradiction, one of the most important things the ministry tasked with educating the populace can do.

Can constitutional rights be easily aborted?
During the drafting of the 1962 Constitution by the Joint Commission of the House and Senate, the areas that detained the committee in its deliberations were: 1. Chapter III: Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, and 2. Chapter VII: The Judicature

Research for public policy and action
Coming out of a recent Gleaner Editors' Forum with Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), we are hearing that the business school is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Government to generate research data to inform policy decisions.

What drives natural monopolies
A natural monopoly is said to exist when the market, left to itself, results in a single producer. This occurs because only one firm can profitably operate in this market. If a second firm enters, at least one firm, and maybe both, will make a loss.

The little-told story of Afro-Mexico
I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Costa Chica of Guerrero and Oaxaca, an area along the Pacific Coast of Mexico, which is predominantly occupied by black Mexicans.

That was the year that was
Everybody likes to get an award. I admit I've received a couple. But in 2014, Jamaica seems to have gone overboard, giving the impression that, it doesn't matter what you do in life, you can get an award sooner rather than later.

Religion: so much violence, so little reason
Religion is the most powerful and pervasive force on earth. It transcends language, ethnicity and country. More wars have been waged, more people killed, and more evil perpetrated in the name of religion than any other force in history.


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