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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 03/04/05

Contributions to the debate on racial inequality in the public sector have always been flippantly dismissed as emotional, speculative and unsubstantiated. This is largely because of the absence of any proper research and statistical data...

Candace Guppy updated 03/04/05

As I write, this there is a great deal of sadness within me. Death has crept into my circle once again. I abhor how death creeps upon us giving no warning or sign. We are not allowed to say any last words or do anything that can make a lasting impression...

Caroline Ravello updated 03/04/05

Good news for men! No longer do you have to feel insecure and suffer from multiple complexes...

Dana Seetahal updated 03/04/05

Every time there is an increase in the minimum wage one would think, from the ensuing reaction, that businesses are barely making it and/or that the increase involves all their employees...

Denzil Mohammed updated 03/04/05

We wanted everyone to look at us. We knew people wanted noise—to hear and find out and know truth. We thought we knew what we were doing. We were doing what we supposed we were supposed to do. We thought—we thought too much, too little. But we making noise...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 03/04/05

The decision by Mr Justice Nolan Bereaux last week in the matter involving 18 United National Congress Members of Parliament and their inability to have a salary paid to them reopened the debate about the effect of the 18-18 tie on the system of government at that time (2001-2002)...

Ira Mathur updated 03/04/05

When Bush and Blair began their “war on terror” after 9/11 and the world turned paranoid with fear, when Haiti collapsed and Grenada crumbled, and Guyana sunk deeper into its divided politics, we were glad we were floating obscurely somewhere in the ocean...

Judy Raymond updated 03/04/05

The reason Local Government Minister Rennie Dumas is in the Senate is in order to annoy Opposition Senator Robin Montano...

Lennox Grant updated 03/04/05

At mid-afternoon on Baptist Liberation Day, a familiar depression overcame this motorist when, on committing irrevocably westward past Westmoorings, progress snail-paced in a hopeless traffic jam...

Martin A. George updated 03/04/05

To achieve excellence in advocacy requires quite a number of factors to come together at the same time in the individual advocate...

Overand Padmore updated 03/04/05

Is the political executive in Trinidad and Tobago too powerful? Is the Prime Minister’s influence over the Executive too great...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 03/04/05

Has anyone noticed the growing number of shacks along the Lady Young Road? Why is it that so many people can just go and choose a spot “because they want to be near the city” and build a house, and no one seems to notice...

Simon Lee updated 03/04/05

It’s Easter so sunny side up, happy bunnies and bonnets from the Big Fug, where supposedly Spring is sprung. Admittedly last week I actually fell asleep in the sun in the extensive back spread of Casa Levi...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 04/04/05

There’s nothing like an evening of August in April—at least that’s what I’m expecting when the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts presents their tribute to the great Afro-American playwright August Wilson...

Fr Henry Charles updated 04/04/05

Terri Schiavo, a Florida patient who existed for the last 15 years in a “persistent vegetative state (PVS)” died last Thursday. In 1990 a “chemical imbalance,” brought on by an eating disorder caused her heart to stop beating and subsequently cut off oxygen to her brain...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 04/04/05

Bad sex is not sex. I’ve said this before so I’ll say it again: Bad sex is not sex, and should therefore have a name all its own. The writer in me, no doubt...

Leela Ramdeen updated 04/04/05

Unfortunately, such stories do not always match the reality of marriage in today’s world. A Caribbean Bishop once told a story to one of my relatives who was getting married in London. It may sound “jokey‚” but there is an important lesson to be learned...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 05/04/05

The signs of life are obvious to most people: a live person takes breaths, looks knowingly at people, swallows, talks, laughs at her boss’s stupid jokes, complains about the environment, wines at fetes, and so on...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 05/04/05

What to call bad sex if not sex? Well, how about not-sex. Hyphenates seem to be pretty popular thingummies these days after all...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 05/04/05

Great stories are fashioned by great tragedies, by mountains that screamed “impossible.” Mountains that turned victors into the vanquished have brought the best out of those who dared to try; who believed that to surrender was to lose the opportunity of a lifetime...

Wednesday

Bukka Rennie updated 30/03/05

The story of Rupert Gray: A Tale of Black and White, written by a school teacher Stephen Nathaniel Cobham at the turn of the last century (1907 to be exact), is a simple but remarkably related story. A certain Mr Primrose Serle, a well endowed and prosperous White businessman in the colony of Trinidad, takes pride in his successes and his libertine ways and considers himself a friend of the Black race of people whom he praises openly for making strides upwards in the social fabric of the colony...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 06/04/05

Imagine a rapist considering his battered, bruised, bleeding victim and explaining that because he used his genitalia on her genitalia it “must” be sex...

Ravi Ji updated 06/04/05

“After so many years of indenture ship, /How come jahajees still feeling the whip?” is the question posed by Lynn Khan at the Pichakaaree Final at Divali Nagar during Kendra Phagwa Festival 2005. The Festival of Colour was held on Easter Sunday because of the constraint of having to survive under an alien calendar...

Sat Maharaj updated 06/04/05

Despite the obvious significance of the Indian presence in T&T, there exists no institution specifically dedicated to its memory in the Caribbean. This is indeed ironic given the contributions of Indians towards the development of the nation over the years and its influence across the Caribbean...

Thursday

Dr Morgan O Job updated 07/04/05

“In the name of Ram, Panday must go,” Nirmala said, her voice trembling, adding, “Indians are suffering—kidnap, bandits, extortion, police terrorism daily, Government and criminals same, like Jamaica, a failed state—and what is our response? Ramayana, puja, migration, if you have money.”

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 31/03/05

The human being is the only one in nature with the capacity to create his own conditions of existence. He has therefore been able to accustom himself to living in every type of natural space, from the hottest to the most frozen...

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 07/04/05

What principles do you follow to deliver what you want in life? The first consideration is to know what you want. This is not as easy as it sounds. Most people merely exist. Are you one of them? Do you simply get up each morning and follow the same routine and then feel that you are getting nowhere?

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 07/04/05

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle did what the WICB, Caricom governments and the people of the region failed to do: force Cable and Wireless, one of the two transnational corporations fighting over the regional market for tele-communications services, into a position where it had to relent...

Friday

Clevon Raphael updated 01/04/05

When will we—if ever—banish the colonial-type notion that almost any project we undertake of a national nature and importance would be of supreme value if it is engineered by these so-called foreign experts?

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 01/04/05

Ask the average citizen their opinion on our local healthcare system and one would find a commonality in their sentiments even though it might be less than complimentary. This is as a result of a lack of confidence in the health sector in T&T...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 01/04/05

As you read this, I will be doing one of the things I hate most of all, flying. If it’s day time and you are reading this space, most likely I am suspended 36,000 feet in the sky, somewhere over continental USA, heading out to California...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 02/04/05

In a dubwise dance in a chic little gentrified corner of a North London ghetto, I get my dance on with my other post-Rasta sistren...

Gail Alexander updated 02/04/05

Prime Minister Patrick Manning gave Mayaro, Maracas (and Baptist celebrations) a break this year. He headed for Tobago’s luxurious natural ambience to enjoy his week of Easter R&R...

 

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