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Guardian Columnists
Sunday
Anand Ramlogan updated 30/04/06

A week, in politics, as they say, is a long time. And what a tumultuous week it’s been. Panday convicted and sentenced to two years hard labour, released on bail because of his poor health. Kamla appointed Opposition Leader...

Dana Seetahal updated 30/04/06

The UNC’s political leader has said the chances of the UNC returning to power under the current “cabal” who has sought to steal the leadership of the party, is zero...

Denzil Mohammed updated 30/04/06

Sunday morning, and the world is beautiful. Outside, bright green birds descend from the verdant Northern Range in twos and threes, squawking in a delight at the dawning of a new day...

Dr Hamid Ghany updated 30/04/06

The conviction of Basdeo Panday on three charges of failing to declare his London bank account to the Integrity Commission for 1997, 1998 and 1999, and the severe sentences imposed upon him by the court has had the effect of deepening the crisis within the UNC...

Ira Mathur updated 30/04/06

It is unreasonable to expect a baroque political requiem for former prime minister Basdeo Panday, who was shown the door from local politics last week after he was fun guilty of failing to declare a London bank account...

Lennox Grant updated 30/04/06

It came to pass that the title of Opposition Leader, to which Basdeo Panday had fiercely clung, as if it were the ultimate mantle of political manhood, was summarily torn from his grasp—and handed to a woman...

Martin George updated 30/04/06

The ruling of the Justice Anthony Carmona in the Basdeo Panday bail hearing on Friday serves as an indictment of sorts, as regards the ability, or lack thereof, of our prisons systems to provide proper and adequate medical and other care for people who are incarcerated...

Overand Padmore updated 30/04/06

In the end, Basdeo Panday was the author of his own misfortunes. During a long career in public life, he has occupied leadership positions within the national institutional structure: trade union leader, political party leader...

Peter Quentrall-Thomas updated 30/04/06

In last week’s episode, we managed to find our way to what was once the world’s largest ranch at Dadanawa...

Simon Lee updated 16/04/06

Along with wishing you all Happy Easter and many resurrections to come, I have the pleasure of informing you that, officially at least...

Monday

Debbie Jacob updated 24/04/06

Art is a hard sell. You either see it or you don’t. Art has its own language with themes, voice, colour and tone—just like writing—and yet language can never really convey what a painting portrays. Above all, art is a reflection of who we are...

Fr Henry Charles updated 17/04/06

Imagine that society was starting from scratch, and you didn’t know where you would end up in terms of rank or status. Your race, social location, and any of the markers that distinguish people in terms of more or less were completely hidden from you...

Prakash Persad updated 24/04/06

The desecration and savage murder of a six-year-old child, it would seem, had the entire nation recoiling in shocked horror. No civilised society should have to face such social darkness nor should any tolerate it...

Tuesday

Dr David E Bratt updated 25/04/06

“These people were not his people. They were commercial, shallow, privileged, and false. Their only standards were money and success. But their worst quality was unawareness. They were not only smug, ignorant, unfeeling, but blind. They had no conception of what was going on, what might be coming. They did not even have the wit to be interested in their own preservation.”

Pastor Clive Dottin updated 25/04/06

Some of the most ruthless monsters operate a thriving gun trade in this country. Some own the magical party card and with sycophantic arrogance wield enormous power in their communities...

Wednesday

Clevon Raphael updated 26/04/06

Last week Tuesday’s deliberate decision by Local Government Minister Rennie Dumas is a perfect example of what I have been saying for quite a long time. That the biggest problem facing this country is indiscipline—from top to bottom—and from that flows all our other serious dilemmas, challenges and grievous issues...

Ravi Ji updated 26/04/06

There was a strong reaction to the saddening Sean Luke episode. Understandably so; the child reaches beyond all barriers to the most unmoving hearts. The Mahabharata indicates this in the kathaa style of the ancient texts...

Tony Fraser updated 26/04/06

Globalisation, denationalisation and crass commercialisation have taken hold of international cricket: Test, One-Day International and soon, the 20-20 version of the “game of glorious uncertainties.”

Thursday

Greater Caribbean This Week updated 27/04/06

Today, the Caribbean region appears to us as a confluence of peoples, cultures, languages, religions, diversified economies and plural political ideologies—in short, a veritable mosaic of cultures...

Leela Ramdeen updated 27/04/06

April 22 was Earth Day. The first Earth Day was organised in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson and activist lawyer Denis Hayes to teach US citizens about the environment...

Philip G Rochford updated 29/09/05

There are four principal ways in which you interact with the audience and by which the audience evaluates you as a speaker...

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...

Sat Maharaj updated 27/04/06

The Hindu community is better prepared for preacher Benny Hinn’s visit to Trinidad and any attack on us as he did on his last visit in 1999...

Friday

Dr Bhoe Tewarie updated 14/04/06

You will be reading this on Good Friday which Christians all over the world observe as the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Those who wanted him dead constituted the dominant religious oligarchy...

Dion Jeffers updated 21/04/06

No cash refund. No exchange after seven days. How many times have we gone into a store and bought an item then decide that we don’t want it for one reason or another but are intimidated by these signs? What do we do then?

Gillian Lucky, MP updated 28/04/06

There comes a time when diplomacy and tact have to be replaced with forthrightness, even to the extent of causing upset...

Joel Primus updated 02/12/05

It is with great pride and satisfaction that I write my last article in these columns on behalf of the PNM’s National Youth League. It has been a rewarding and pleasurable experience...

Peter Ray Blood's Pulse Column updated 28/04/06

It was the first time it was attempted in T&T and what a tremendous success it proved to be. Having seen a live Improv show in Orlando, 51 Lounge director Stephen Marhue decided that this novel form of...

Wesley George upadted 28/04/06

The conviction of Basdeo Panday on Monday was both historic and unprecedented in our country, but most importantly it sends the clear message that no one is above the law...

Saturday

Attillah Springer updated 29/04/06

I didn’t shed any tears this week when Basdeo Panday was sentenced to prison. In fact, I was kind of pleasantly surprised that it could happen...

Lisa Allen-Agostini updated 29/04/06

It was the 80s and money was flowing like water. Money like peas. Money like dirt. You name it, we had money like that...

Gail Alexander updated 29/04/06

It was PNM MP Roger Boynes who noted in the Parliament yesterday: “The king is dead, long live the king...”

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