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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 24/04/05

The belated contribution by the American Chamber of Commerce to the debate on the terrifying spate of criminal activity was as hollow as it was politically correct. Having remained quiet for so long, one would have expected a strong response from this important body. Instead, it expressed alarm about the situation...

Candace Guppy updated 10/04/05

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 24/04/05

I need to camp out for a while and may even consider setting up shop on the subject of manners...

Dana Seetahal updated 24/04/05

For 15 years prior to 2000, the number of murders per year in T&T ranged from 85 to 125. From the year 2000 onward, the annual total has increased dramatically, such that, given the current trend...

Denzil Mohammed updated 24/04/05

The dream. The shell of night is lifted, slowly. Day is opening its petals, unhurriedly. A silhouette beyond the house next door of coconut trees, long leaves and stalks, lightens, heightens, taking on form as beams branch about the spreading dawn...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 24/04/05

The recent rumblings within the UNC have presented a new dilemma for the party in the context of its own constitution...

Ira Mathur updated 24/04/05

This is the final column in a quartet of voices from our country. Today we hear the voice of a mature woman who is a single mother and a professional. I met this woman running up Lady Chancellor Hill, remarked on the yellow Lance Armstrong “Live Strong” band she had on and we got talking...

Judy Raymond updated 24/04/05

The fate of a quarter of the arable land in the country and the livelihoods of 9,000 workers were down for discussion in the Senate on Tuesday. But instead, much of the Upper House’s time was taken up with the sleazy remarks of one man...

Lennox Grant updated 24/04/05

Suddenly, after Gillian Lucky’s declaration that she would “continue to serve out my term in Parliament,” an election did not seem so far away any more...

Martin A. George updated 24/04/05

Corruption. This is the “C” in crime in T&T. It starts with corruption of one form or another—a corruption of morals, a corruption of values, a corruption of systems and procedures so that we believe that the State owes us something for free and we’re entitled to take it wherever we could get it, whether by airport corruption...

Overand Padmore updated 24/04/05

To great pomp and circumstance, the Caribbean Court of Justice was inaugurated in Port-of-Spain on April 16. The agreement for its establishment was signed by most of the member countries of the Caribbean Community, including T&T, on February 14, 2001, at the 12th intercessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government held in Barbados...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 24/04/05

I’ve just spent two very interesting weeks in the UK and Ireland and I thought I would share some of my observations with you. The purpose of my visit was no less than four family reunions as we have ancestors from all over the UK, as well as Ireland and Holland...

Simon Lee updated 10/04/05

When it comes to the Caribbean connection in the Big Fug, Trinis, or for that matter Bajans, Dominicans, Lucians, Grenadians are all overshadowed by the Jamaican presence. It’s a combination of sheer numbers and the aggressive Yardie style...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 25/04/05

David Brewster made me feel like a million-dollar baby. Long before Hillary Swank won her Academy Award for the story of a woman boxer, Brewster was in my corner. But the roles were switched from the movie: he had all the confidence; I had none...

Fr Henry Charles updated 18/04/05

Images of the pope in his coffin, his body fully vested, mitred, and laid out in St Peter’s, blessed with water and incense, borne from one station to the next in a final journey, put me in mind of the generally threadbare state of much of our ritual today surrounding death...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 24/04/05

Sometimes a movie like Diary of a Mad Black Woman inspires such impassioned disparate views it’s hard to dismiss as “mere entertainment...

Leela Ramdeen updated 24/04/05

It is with great joy and profound gratitude to God that CCSJ welcomes our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th successor to Peter...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 26/04/05

A bad week. A despairing week. Gunshots at high noon in the heart of Port-of-Spain. Shades of 12.30 at Strand or Royal but now in Bankers’ Row...

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 26/04/05

We interrupt this scheduled BREW series on the myth of man-bashing to gasp audibly, along with much of the nation (hopefully), over the midday downtown capital city shooting last week...

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 26/04/05

Someone must give a warning to kidnappers and murderers. And the warning is this: “There are people who are not afraid of you and who are prepared to engage in a significant degree of networking to do what the State is afraid to do. Enough is enough!”

Wednesday

Jaye-Q Baptiste updated 20/04/05

There was an old woman who lived, not in a shoe, but on a lily-pad...which, come to think of it, despite the seeming unlikeness between the two, is much the same thing in the end...

Ravi Ji updated 27/04/05

Imagine a woman who’d just been gang-raped by ten men. Imagine her inert in a pool of blood leaking from the battered and torn most private part of her; gashes, scratches, bites marks, bruises from punches and other blows riddling her body. Her spirit at death’s door, begging her body to follow and just walk on through...

Sat Maharaj updated 27/04/05

According to a member of the new breed of Indian historians, KSS Seshan, “History is to society what memory is to the individual. No individual can take any intelligent decision in his day-to-day life if he is devoid of the memory. Similarly, any society that is bereft of its past is bound to get degenerated under the weight of its own ignorance of the past...

Thursday

Dr Morgan O Job updated 21/04/05

“I wet myself. When he jammed that gun to my head, I pee myself. I am leaving. I came home with my husband, a German, to raise our children. Every day I remember pee running down my legs as I stood in that car park, a gun jammed against my head...

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 21/04/05

We have all been awaiting the end of the last Haitian conflict, which began with the departure of President Aristide, compelled to relinquish power by US forces that were accompanied almost simultaneously by other governments of the region, until a United Nations force was created and mandated to apply a peacekeeping plan in the neighbouring Caribbean nation...

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 21/04/05

It is tragic that people who need to polish their speaking skills feel there is no need to do so. Communication is a key tool of survival. For your life to be meaningful you must communicate effectively with yourself and with others around you...

Ravi-ji updated 21/04/05

The Hindu Prachar Kendra celebrated Ramnavmi—the birth of Lord Rama—a midday festival, on April 17. The event was held on the premises of the Kendra at Raghunanan Road, Enterprise, to celebrate Bhagwaan Shri Rama, the Seventh Divine Descent or Avataar of Lord Vishnu...

Tony Fraser updated 21/04/05

It was easily predictable that the report of the parliamentary committee into the alleged tearoom brawl would not be accepted by whichever side of the House of Representatives it went against...

Friday

Clevon Raphael updated 22/04/05

I have asked this question before but, like a recurring decimal, I am again asking it: are we really serious about making our people once more one united cohesive community?

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 22/04/05

The last week was quite an interesting one from a political standpoint. We witnessed fresh political intrigue that obviously left citizens in suspense as the still volcanic drama unfolds...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 22/04/05

From his apartment in New York, where he’s been these last two months, Pelham Goddard extended congratulations to 2005 Pan in the 21st Century champion Witco Desperadoes. The former musical colleague of Clive Bradley, Desperadoes’ arranger, Goddard said he heard the Laventille band’s performance online on Saturday night and, based on the audience’s response, feels the band gave a commendable performance of John Legend’s Ordinary People...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 23/04/05

“A fi mi pickney!” says Diane Abbot, pulling out her second generation Jamaican twang like it’s a cheap party trick...

Gail Alexander updated 23/04/05

Several rocks and an assortment of hard places are cropping up amidst a fluid situation in the political landscape...

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