Put Bush, Blair before the ICJ
Nuremberg trials in Germany 60 years ago represented Europes
international kangaroo court justice and, at that
time, set and continues to set dangerous precedents.
There was no jurisprudential precedent at the time that permitted
the Nazis to be brought before an ad hoc tribunal and clearly
there was no principle of law that permitted the allied forces
to assume jurisdiction both in Germany and Japan to carry
out trials for those people accused of war crimes during the
hostilities of World War II.
The United States inter alia was foremost in the effort to
bring to justice the accused Germans and Japanese
yet today the same US refuses to accept the jurisdiction of
the International Court of Justice, which incidentally was
created with the approval of the majority of the members of
the United Nations and those nations have accepted the jurisdiction
of that court.
That kangaroo court of yesteryear has now produced a bastard
court in Iraq where Saddam Hussein is to be tried for war
I hold no brief for Saddam nor do I condone the alleged atrocities
committed by him or in his name or at his direction but that
impending trial is nothing short of a travesty of justice
and an immoral use of the law.
Both George Bush and Tony Blair and their gang were mainly
responsible for the illegal invasion of a sovereign nation
and used lies and misrepresentations to convince their citizens
to be part of an invading force. They should be made to answer
for their war crimes before the ICJ.
Bush and Blair are responsible for the deaths of thousands
of Iraqi citizens. Are these two leaders less blameworthy
than the Nuremberg Nazis or Saddam and his generals?
It appears that you can be as hypocritical, deceitful and
unjust as you want to be as long as you are victorious in
battle. But the war goes on.
Another record for Brian Lara
was with sheer displeasure and utter disgust that I once again
witnessed Brian Lara given another bad decision. In four innings
of the two Test matches against Australia he was erroneously
given out on three occasions.
Also in the first Test, Chanderpaul got a bad decision in
the second innings, likewise Gayle and Powell in the second
Test. That makes a total of six bad decisions against West
Indies in the two Test matches.
I wonder how many bad decisions Australia got?
I remember distinctly Michael Holding complaining about this
same scenario in our last Test tour to Australia when we were
These poor decisions are given especially against the West
Indies and they are really depressing for the fans and discouraging
for the players.
I guess Lara has another world recordthe batsman with
the greatest number of bad decisions in the history of Test
However, class is class, and Lara is blessed by the Almighty.
The record for the highest number of runs in Test cricket
will soon be broken by him.
must do better than that
letter to the Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary
I was invited by a friend to attend the Costaatt graduation
ceremony on November 12, and was a bit taken aback by the
procedures followed with respect to the use of the presidential
regalia at the commencement exercise.
The first thing that disturbed me was the carrying of the
colleges mace by an officer (whom I later was informed
is the organisations human resource director) who was
not dressed in official or ceremonial wear as is the custom
when carrying the mace in the public domain where students
and invited guests are gathered. This should never have been.
You see, my thesiswhich was a partial fulfilment of
the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree with honours
in communication which I pursued at the University of South
Carolinais entitled The importance of traditions
in the higher education community and for which I did
an in-depth study on the subject matter. Therefore, I was
able to acquire much knowledge of the use of these ceremonial
My next shocker was when I enquired when was the president
inaugurated and whether he or those in authority had received
training on how these instruments are to be handled.
I could not believe it when I was told that the president
had not been inaugurated into office. Are we serious? Do we
know what these instruments represent? I do not think so.
An extract from my thesis is reflected hereunder for your
dignitaries from local and far-flung colleges and universities
attend the ceremony in a gesture that welcomes the newly-inducted
president into the ranks of higher educations elite.
This ritual includes medieval regalia augmented with presidential
seals, medallions and a mace as well as a section in the inauguration
programme that describes the duties of the office. During
inauguration, the president is vested with the power and authority
of the office.
How can someone who has not been inaugurated be allowed to
hold a colleges mace as he did when he passed it to
the marshal. Who robed him with the ceremonial chain/medallion?
Was this done by a uniformed or ceremonially dressed officer?
It clearly shows that the college did not first obtain information
on these two ceremonial items before introducing them into
their college. Had it done this, it would have known that
you cannot just use them like that before the necessary inauguration
or installation of the president is conducted.
I beg the powers that be not to make the same mistake with
the University of T&T as we will surely be the laughing
stock of the world.
There is a belief that leaders of third world countries do
not follow procedures or ignore protocol and it is situations
like this that make us look unintelligent and lawless.
Please, Mr Minister, I wish to reiterate that we do not let
this shoddy and slipshod scenario happen with the UTT.
Speak up about govt wastage
is good to see Minister of Works Colm Imbert taking a personal
interest in taxpayers money and is willing to take a
drive on the Lady Young Road that a contractor was paid to
repave and to have him do it right (repair it or not get paid).
But arent there quality assurance personnel from his
ministry who are supposed to ensure that the work is up to
par? Why does it take letters in the Guardian from concerned
readers to get the minister or his technocrats to ensure contractors
do a proper job?
I suggest (if this is not the case) the Government includes
stipulations in contracts on substandard work by contractors.
This would allow the Government to inspect the work or other
service provided and not pay the contractor if he does not
meet specifications. Every contractor wants to be fully paid,
so I am sure they will do a good job.
This is one way to ensure that people do the jobs they are
being paid handsomely to do.
In the long run, we need more people to speak out about government
waste and abuse and continue to write to the newspapers when
they see taxpayers money being wasted.
Maybe it will cause more ministers and technocrats (either
through embarrassment or responsibility) to get off their
duffs, do their jobs and ensure that public funds are properly
C James, Sr
to Dwight, our midfield attacker
Thanks to Jack, footballs financial backer
But with all the headlights, motor-car horn
Flagwaving, tassa drumming and so on
Lets not forget coach Leo Beenhakker.