Saturday, June 24, 2017


Guyana and T&T: two styles of murder *

Jun. 22, 2017, 8:0 PM AST Comments

By Mark Wilson—Three dead by a basketball court on Monday. We’ve had close to 240 murders, up 13 per cent on last year. At this year’s daily rate, we’ll see more than 500.

Holding the line*

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:34 PM AST Comments

Caught between the extremes of the Trump administration in Washington and the Maduro administration in Caracas, the Caribbean faces the serious risk of getting drawn into a new ideological war harking back to the old Cold War days. The evidence abounds in the divide that has split the Organisation

US contracts, China expands*

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:33 PM AST Comments

In a real sense, all politics is local and President Donald Trump’s announcement of changes in US policy towards Cuba has to be understood in terms of domestic politics. Indeed, Mr Trump did not announce a new policy toward Cuba on Friday, but instead a partial reversal of the policy changes m

Gods, priests and Laventille Hill*

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:31 PM AST Comments

I draw on Earl Lovelace’s debut book While Gods Are Falling, which he wrote in 1964, to offer reflections on the recent plight of my friend Fr Clyde Harvey, a man whose understanding of and commitment to grassroots people comes out of the text of Dom Basil Matthews.

Different things to different people*

Jun. 21, 2017, 10:28 PM AST Comments

The first political event that ever stirred my emotions was the break-up of the West Indies Federation. Eric Williams’ fateful words, “One from ten leaves nought”, were like a death knell to me. I was a fervent “Remainer” at the time, and while the word Brexit had not t

A wet dry-run*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:28 AM AST Comments

The population issued a sigh of relief early yesterday morning when it became apparent that Tropical Storm Bret deposited much water, exhaled howling gusts of wind and precipitated national anxiety but took with it, up to press time, neither life nor limb. From reports yesterday, damage to property

Trump’s anti-Cuba mischief*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:27 AM AST Comments

LEADERS of our 15-member Caribbean Community must resist the temptation to make individual public statements in response to last week’s provocative and hostile anti-Cuba speech by US President Donald Trump in Miami. What they could perhaps usefully do is make good use of the time between now a

Labour, in today’s reality*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:26 AM AST Comments

WITH dissension from within, there can be said to be no “pan fraternity” in the country. Individual steelband people were marching against the leadership of Pan Trinbago months ago, calling for fresh elections. Now the leadership of five major steelbands have moved to form a “steel

Defects in Cybercrime Bill*

Jun. 21, 2017, 1:24 AM AST Comments

Cybercrime is a growing threat to personal and national safety. The Cybercrime Bill, 2017, which is intended to repeal the Computer Misuse Act, is an ongoing recognition of these threats. The bill, however, suffers from several defects (many of which are also present in the Computer Misuse Act). Fir

Heeding the warnings

Jun. 19, 2017, 7:10 PM AST Comments

FROM many accounts in areas across the country yesterday, it appeared that citizens were heeding the warnings, and the precautions being issued by emergency services, concerning the approach of the tropical weather system.