Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Outraged for black womanhood

Dec. 19, 2016, 6:50 PM AST Comments

By Ronald Sanders—After a lifetime in Caribbean and international politics, I thought the time had long since passed when I could be outraged by any event.


My crime plan

Dec. 19, 2016, 6:48 PM AST Comments

By Raffique Shah—I cannot leave the crime scene after apportioning blame for the crisis to the politicians and the police, but not fingering the even more culpable culprits—dysfunctional families and communities that are breeding grounds and safe havens for criminals.


Blindsided by Trump

Dec. 19, 2016, 6:47 PM AST Comments

By Norman Gabriel—As millions across the world watched what they believed to be an unfathomable, slow-motion train wreck grind to a chilling halt at the door of the White House, half of America and all but one news network, stood bewildered and wondered two things: how did we get here, and how

Whatever happened to country before party?*

Dec. 18, 2016, 6:19 PM AST Comments

Once again, another attorney general is promising a suite of legislation to tackle crime. Come January, according to AG Faris Al-Rawi, “sweeping legislation” targeting “the dollars behind crime” will be laid in Parliament.


Can we follow Canada?

Dec. 18, 2016, 6:17 PM AST Comments

Canada's Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, who heads an independent federal government agency, has requested that the country's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, formally appear to answer questions arising out of what is being deemed the “cash-for-access fund-raisers” scandal.


A defining decision

Dec. 18, 2016, 6:17 PM AST Comments

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has a decision to make on an issue which, on the face of it, is not going to generate a great deal of publicity or political debate. It is, nonetheless, a defining decision.


I am afraid

Dec. 18, 2016, 6:15 PM AST Comments

While many of us think God is a Trini, people on the outside do not see Trinidad and Tobago as any heaven. A wave of harsh reality hit me this week when a friend told me that her significant other is fearful of coming to Trinidad.

The mayor’s challenges

Dec. 16, 2016, 9:42 PM AST Comments

WHATEVER progressive new ideas the Rowley administration has for local government, a take-charge spirit of self-direction is not one of them. This impression was left on Tuesday, when the Prime Minister took the Port of Spain City Hall stage to issue what was heard as a “directive” or a


Help guide US regional priorities

Dec. 16, 2016, 9:36 PM AST Comments

On December 13, the US Congress sent to President Obama The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 for signature into law. This extraordinarily important development comes just as a new US administration is about to take office. Uniquely it offers the Caribbean, unlike any other pa


To hang or not to hang

Dec. 16, 2016, 9:35 PM AST Comments

The scourge of heinous crimes plaguing the country in recent times has resulted in a return to the debate on the death penalty as the question of to hang or not to hang once more takes centre stage in the national arena.


The rice man cometh

Dec. 16, 2016, 9:33 PM AST Comments

Wherever we came from to the Caribbean, rice quickly became a staple. You can have it with peas in some countries and you can have your peas with rice in Jamaica, you can have “pelau” (pronounced “pay-lawh”), pilaf, fried rice, dirty rice (in the Popeye fast food chain) or in


Trump and China: the ‘madman’ strategy

Dec. 15, 2016, 6:44 PM AST Comments

By Gwynne Dyer—“When two elephants fight against each other, the grass always suffers,” said Yu-Fang Lin of the National Policy Foundation, a Taiwan-based think tank, in an interview with the Washington Times.