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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 06/03/05

In the midst of the controversy concerning the decision to bypass Rangee Dolsingh and appoint Geoffrey Henderson as DPP, this column publicly endorsed Henderson’s elevation. “Seniority did not automatically mean that Dolsingh had a natural or better claim to the promotion,” I argued...

Candace Guppy updated 06/03/05

I’ve noticed a number of things over the past few weeks in the RBTT Young Leaders debate series. Some of these things have caused me to be quite proud that debating is in good hands and that there are corporate sponsors willing to invest in the youth in ways that would reap dividends for the youth...

Caroline Ravello updated 06/03/05

That is what the lobby for speaking time is about, nothing less. I have been on the side of writing these speeches and on the side of listening to them, and I tell you the truth: they should reduce the time...

Dana Seetahal updated 06/03/05

One of our radio stations, I95.5, has embarked on an initiative to get the authorities to rid the streets of vagrants. The station wants them removed to a “safe, healthy and secured environment...

Denzil Mohammed updated 06/03/05

Alanis Morissette’s words have come true. Isn’t it ironic: the advice that you just can’t take? The day before I started working at the Guardian four and a half years ago, someone told me: “Remember, keep your opinions to yourself because you're going to be among a lot of Creoles. Just be careful...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 06/03/05

Last week, I addressed the issue of the separation of powers in our Constitution in the context of a raging debate about whether this fundamental doctrine of democratic systems of government actually exists in our system of government or not...

Ira Mathur updated 06/03/05

I am not so vain as to think you would have the time to read this column on a Sunday. I’m hoping though, that you might, if I wrote you an open letter...

Judy Raymond updated 27/02/05

One of the shortcomings of the Westminster system, when it’s scaled down to fit 36 MPs, is that everything has to be in black and white. If you have 600 MPs, that gives them leeway to offer a huge range of opinions; if you have 36, each one has to toe the party line without fail, or governments would fall every week...

Lennox Grant updated 06/03/05

If, like many shooting wars, Trinidad and Tobago’s war on crime is really a contest for territory, the ground being fought over is space in the media...

Martin A. George updated 06/03/05

It seems that by and large, we here in Trinidad and Tobago are on an extended vacation from sense and sensibility and don’t even realise it...

Overand Padmore updated 06/03/05

Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday is resorting to rather dangerous and desperate tactics, as he attempts to rekindle the patently obvious disenchantment of his core constituency with the UNC and, in particular, with himself as its leader...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 06/03/05

Well today I finally decided to “go brave” and call this part of my column by its rightful name. I hope David Rudder will forgive me the plagiarism of his song “This is not a fete in here, this is madness...

Simon Lee updated 27/02/05

Today the Big Fug is all one might expect it to be: lashed with rain which metamorphoses by the moment into sleet or snow, depending on how hard the Arctic blast is blowing...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 07/03/05

Ten minutes and a couple of dozen punches into Million Dollar Baby, I turned to my daughter, Ijanaya, and said, “This movie isn’t about boxing...

Fr Henry Charles updated 07/03/05

The name Paul Rusesabagina is hardly a household word, nor is it likely to become one. It’s a pity, because Rusesabagina is a fine example of someone who had heroism thrust upon him in one of the most awful situations...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 07/03/05

She stated categorically that she didn’t buy it. Perhaps we’d all like to believe that’s the truth. Sometimes, sadly, that’s just not so...

Leela Ramdeen updated 07/03/05

This week the world marks UN International Women’s Day. It is a day when we celebrate the achievements of women/girls and highlight the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their full potential...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 08/03/05

Scientists have learned more in the past 15 years about how the human brain works than in all of previous history. In particular the essentials of early brain development which control later human behaviour have been worked out in great detail...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 22/02/05

“Sex is a form of relationship between individuals. All relationships are meant to be approached as a ritual of trust and belief. Sex, then, is a ceremony of confidence and conviction added to physical action.”

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 08/03/05

Readers, we must not forget a very fundamental principle: “Those who set traps for others, fall into those traps.” We can even call it the Haman syndrome. Haman tried to decimate the Jews in an effort to remove them from the political and ecclesiastical map...

Wednesday

Bukka Rennie updated 09/03/05

I desire, in this campaign to get to Germany in 2006, a collective effort towards devising a clear-cut “strategic plan.”

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 09/03/05

He asked me, “This entire area is fiction?” “Yes,” I responded. I was standing among the hard cover fiction shelves at the National Library, having just refused to tell this stranger the meaning of one of my tattoos. He, I supposed, was making conversation however he could. I was wrong about that supposition. He was just being an asp...

Ravi Ji updated 09/02/05

A friend who had just read about the dress code issue in court involving SC Israel Khan thundered, “Now everybody only fighting stupid petty issues.” He sounded as exasperated as the suggestion, “Should the country look forward to Bobo Shanti turbans and Rastafarian robes lending colour to the barristers’ bench, alongside the fez, skull cap and gowns now seen only on celebrity Muslim accused?”

Sat Maharaj updated 09/03/05

Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been reported as saying to the media and the public of Tobago: “Whatever Tobago wants, Tobago gets.”

Thursday

Dr Morgan O Job updated 03/03/05

“Massa day done. Massa lives: in Parliament, calypso and propaganda to preserve the ‘Indian’ race,” Dr John declared...

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 03/03/05

The Report of the high-level panel on threats, challenges and change, including restructuring of the United Nations, appointed by the UN Secretary General, makes as eloquent a case for the international community’s continued need for the world body as it does for the urgent call for reform, if the United Nations is to fulfil its charter role in promoting “social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 03/03/05

People neglect the pure, pragmatic science comprising universal justice. E=mc squared and the gravity that tugs at whatever goes up, making it “must come down,” are not metaphysical conundrums but basic science, we can all agree. And what is karmic consequence if not the equation E=mc squared...

Philip G Rochford updated 03/03/05

Your life unfolds through the requests you make. If you do not ask for what you want, you will be denied many benefits that are available to you...

Ravi-ji updated 04/11/04

Stop Divali! Look, this is hard. But sometimes it is like that; a tough call. Can we handle a tough call?

Tony Fraser updated 03/03/05

Prof Ken Julien upped the ante to the local private sector, challenging the business organisations to, in addition to receiving a contract to provide services to the operations of the transnational corporations, engage in equity investment in the booming natural gas industry...

Friday

Clevon Raphael updated 04/03/05

Why this disconcerting silence from the major players in government on the controversial anti-terrorism legislation?

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 04/02/05

Getting your rears in gear, my people? Well while you’ll be gyrating, oscillating, making like your own natural disaster, I’ll be sending some prayers up to the gods for you safe return to deemed “sanity” come Ash Wednesday—STDs not in tow...

Joel Primus updated 04/03/05

A Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and it is in this light that there were many first steps on our sojourn in the motherland. Reference is made to the recently concluded mission to the World Assembly of Youth’s 14th General Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 04/03/05

During my fortnight away from the office and rediscovering T&T, I appreciated a bit more just how much Trinis relish a good lime, regardless of colour, class or creed...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 05/03/05

So there I was, about to wax warm and lyrical about dashing through the snow in Babylon-don when I am assaulted by the image of yet another poor person on the front page of the newspapers. Deader than a doornail...

Gail Alexander updated 05/03/05

In a week where Education Minister Hazel Manning was corrected by a UNC senator, and UNC MP Gerry Yetming won praise from a government minister, both the ruling party and Opposition are moving silently to deal with simmering internal issues to prepare for elections...

 

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