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Guardian Columnists
Sunday

Anand Ramlogan updated 21/03/04

Racial voting that appeals to base instincts makes political manifestos irrelevant. You can promise the moon and stars and you will get votes because people prefer to be hypnotised and fooled by one of their own...

Dana Seetahal updated 21/03/04

When Larry Achong purported to resign as Minister of Labour last Friday, he took a stand that has not been seen in T&T politics for a very long time. It is true that Achong remains a minister until the president revokes his appointment on the advice of the Prime Minister under the Constitution...

Denzil Mohammed updated 21/03/04

I sipped and savoured my Heineken. What a precious moment. It’s not that I was liming and I didn’t know I was behind in my work. I was liming and fully conscious of how much work I had to do...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 21/03/04

The resignation, two Fridays ago, of Mr Larry Achong as Minister of Labour in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Patrick Manning rendered the Prime Minister speechless, and caught the Government flat-footed...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 22/02/04

People use this word freedom so Holly-go-lightly. There can be no freedom unless there is freedom for all. Since, as the world stands today, there can be no freedom for all, there can be no freedom at all. Not really...

Judy Raymond updated 21/03/04

Letters delivered to your door the day after they’re posted. That marvellous prospect was dangled before the Senate on Tuesday. But it wasn’t a vision of the future so much as of the past, and not even in this country...

Lennox Grant updated 21/03/04

One highlight of an amazing week was the appearance of a Point Fortin picket line agitator in the Port-of-Spain business fatigues of long-sleeved shirt and tie...

Martin A. George updated 21/03/04

It is not going to change overnight, and we should all begin to realise this, sooner rather than later. There is nothing that we are currently doing which vaguely begins to resemble some sort of constructive way forward for West Indies cricket. So we are doomed to continue to fail for several years to come...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 21/03/04

Well, I was quite amazed at the amount of positive feedback I received, following my article last week in which I suggested that we consider paying unemployment relief...

Simon Lee updated 14/02/04

Maria Callas is in full voice this morning, blasting Carmen over the backbeats seeping up through the floorboards from Fabulous, the Jamaican barbershop above which I have the honour to be parking my bones these days. Buju and Bizet, now there’s the kind of confrontation I can deal with, a great improvement on my most recent standoff with Jamdown inna London tong...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 22/03/04

Hellooooooo! I know you’re all worn out from studying for SEA and right now you wish you were at the beach, but you really have to hurry. The whistle is blowing and it’s time to take a ride on Maximus Dan’s “Soca Train...

Fr Henry Charles updated 15/03/04

Difficulty in understanding Haiti’s politics should not obscure the fact that the government of exiled President Jean Bertrand Aristide was the first instance of democracy in that country after years of brutal dictatorships...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 22/03/04

Most people have a stalwart weak streak — a whining, wincing, “why me?” weak streak rallying them to wallow around in self-pity, always looking for walls...

Leela Ramdeen updated 22/03/04

There is only one race, the human race. Humanity exists as a single human family. Yet racism, hatred, intolerance, discrimination, feelings of superiority among and between certain ethnic groups continue to hinder human development. The fight against racism/racial discrimination in our world is urgent...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 16/03/04

What a weekend! One Minister gone. Poor Mr Manning loses his voice at opportune times. Four drownings in Toco. Eight more deaths by shooting. Manchester United loses 4-1. West Indies out for 47...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 16/03/04

If we have to reach the vast amount of youth and families that are hurting, we have to pay attention to information that is made available by reliable organisations. Today, I wish to focus on the publication “Tomorrow’s Adults: A Situational Analysis of Youth in the Commonwealth Caribbean.”

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 16/03/04

OH God, we have to go in a different direction. Or, perhaps, we just keep going the way we are at this time, to emerge on the other side...

Wednesday

Bukka Rennie updated 17/03/04

In my February 18 column on “pan,” I sought to establish certain basic stages in the process of steelband evolution. Nowhere in that piece did I dispute that Alexander Ragtime Band was the first all-metal or all-“pan” band that appeared on the streets of Port-of-Spain. That is and has always been an accepted fact...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 17/03/04

People, please stop getting tattoos because you think they’re “kewl!” Stop getting them because other people are getting them; because your boyfriend/girlfriend thinks you’d be “so hot!” with one; because you want to piss your mother off...

Ravi Ji updated 17/03/04

T&T is faced by delicate negotiations among various groups. Most of these negotiations take place informally and away from the gaze of officialdom, perhaps thankfully so...

Sat Maharaj updated 17/03/04

Selwyn Cudjoe, in the Guardian of March 2, launched a distorted attack on Sat Maharaj’s analysis of Carnival. His attempt to defend immoral behaviour exposes a mind drifting in an ocean of black illusion. He attacks Gillian Lucky and me, identifying us as two Indians, but ignores African writers who expressed our identical views about Carnival...

Thursday

Dr Morgan O Job updated 18/03/04

Prime Minister Manning went to Venezuela for consultation with President Chavez. A few days later he accepted the resignation the Minister of Labour...

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 18/03/04

Every year the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) organises a conference on sustainable tourism development. Since 2003, the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) has been involved in these efforts to inform and increase regional awareness regarding the programmes and activities associated with tourism sustainability...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 18/03/04

There was a young man asleep in my bed. Get your mind out of the gutter, please; all he was doing was sleeping and I wasn’t in the bed next to him even. But when I entered the room to wake him, and reached down my hand for his shoulder, I stared at him before I roused him. In that five seconds I was looking at art...

Norman Girvan updated 26/02/04

On March 1 the new Secretary General of the ACS, Dr Rubén Silié, takes over the Secretariat. As I pass the baton on to my successor, I cannot help reflecting on the challenges of the past four years...

Tony Fraser updated 18/03/04

He travelled this road in 1995. Then Ralph Maraj, obviously feeling that he was badly treated by his Prime Minister, walked from the House of Representatives. That action eventually forced Prime Minister Manning to call fresh elections, saying he could not govern with the slim majority...

Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce updated 18/03/04

This year was to have been the one in which the 34 countries negotiating the Free Trade Area of the Americas would have devoted their strongest efforts to complete the hemispheric trade agreement. Next year regional legislatures would have been asked to approve the agreement for implementation beginning in January 2006. Things have changed dramatically...

Friday

BC Pires updated 19/03/04

Yuh boy had was to hold he belly, the English bowling disembowelling him same way it unravelling WesTindies batting. Even after 500 years of history and a decade of sufferation, Caribbeans still can’t take licks. Not licks like this...

Clevon Raphael updated 19/03/04

Last week Friday, mere hours after the Guardian hit the streets, Maxie Cuffie, the Attorney General’s spin guru, telephoned me protesting my “unwarranted” attack on his chief...

 

Fitzgerald Hinds, MP updated 19/03/04

Notwithstanding the advice of some colleagues, I would be nothing less than deceiving, even unto myself, if I did not admit some pride for adherence to principle and the character as demonstrated by former Minister of Labour Larry Achong...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 19/03/04

One of the perennial problems with T&T Carnival is too many of the people in key positions of influence, including judges, who determine its direction, progress and longevity are people who have never created, achieved or made any significant or valid mark in the development or evolution of the damn festival...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 20/03/04

I swear, I’ve been good all week. Not that I’m not usually the paragon of virtue, but this week, man, I could have starred in the Passion, except I’m the wrong colour and I guess it was supposed to be a true depiction of what happened to my bredrin Jesus...

 

Gail Alexander updated 20/03/04

It was UNC MP Kelvin Ramnath who quipped on December 5 that PNM MP Larry Achong “had a seat” on the UNC side of the Lower House...

Joel Primus updated 20/03/04

One may have been driving along the “Back Road” (Old St Joseph Road) and just by what seems like chance may have caught a glance of a blue and white house with Sesame Street characters Ernie and Bert painted on a wall beyond burglar-proof bars...

Nirad Tewarie updated 20/03/04

What is the role of the media in today’s society? Is the media supposed to be the fourth estate (the first three are the Executive, the legislature and the judiciary)? Is the function of the media to be a propaganda machine — a weapon of mass deception? Should we simply be a national record of sorts, keeping track of his allegation and her reply?

 

 
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