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Monday, November 24, 2014

Commentaries

Solve this crime, quickly

Reeling from the news of the double murder of German retirees, Hubertus and Birgid Keil, Tobago must now contend with the sinister possibility that these latest killings may be connected to the vicious 2009 attack on another retired couple, Peter and Murium Green of England. While there is as yet no evidence to link the two, it was inevitable that the similarities would fuel fears of a cutlass-wielding murderer on the loose against elderly foreigners on the sister island. This is what happens when crimes go unsolved and criminals go unpunished. For a sense of public safety to be restored in Tobago, this crime must be solved with dispatch. Read More »

Our real gas sector hero

It seemed like a grudging admission. It may have been his hope that his back-handed comment that “previous governments had focused on the natural gas industry” would have been overlooked. But there was the Energy Minister on November 11, announcing proposals for a US$1.4 million natural gas master plan, reminding the country that 18 years ago gas production had eclipsed oil production, and the industry “has not looked back since”. Read More »

Rise and decline of black identity

I contend here that lost black identity in this country and region is a prime reason for crime. This country gave to the Independence movement in Africa giants of pan-Africanism such as George  Padmore, CLR James and Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure). Now the black youth does not see his compatriot across the street as his brother. He does not see that he shares with that youth an ancestry that  brought them here on “the same trip, and the same ship” (Black Stalin). Black youth have no primal instinct to which they can resort. Read More »

Corruption begins with you

Two Sundays ago, the People’s National Movement (PNM) held its 45th annual convention where we got an insight into their “platform” for the 2015 General Election. Read More »

New Integrity head vs public right to know

Feelings of relief are inevitably in order over the final appointment of a new Integrity Commission chairman. This appointment has in the past been subject to regrettable mishandlings. Hopes were accordingly high that, with lessons learned, the public could look forward to a season of stable, steady, and competent Commission leadership. Read More »

Looking across the generations

Yesterday was the 47th anniversary of my call to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, London. By a happy intersection of time, two Fridays ago, I presented a petition at the Hall of Justice for admission to the Bar of the granddaughter of a colleague already in practice when I returned to Trinidad. Read More »

Corruption—the T&T ‘single story’

Like a movement that, in T&T terms, “reach where it going”, corruption got its definitive artist’s impression last week. And now, as the dominant theme-word in national discourse, it has probably gained right to capitalisation. Read More »

The pronouncements of politicians

“The office of the CPO is an independent one and the Government ‘has no sway or say’ over the holder. ‘So if the CPO gives a ruling in a matter, the Government quite frankly would be out of place’ [to question it].” (Attorney-General Anand Ramlogan, Express, November 11.) Read More »

Have Money, Will Waste

Nothing like a 25 per cent drop in the price of oil to focus our attention on the real state of the T&T economy. Read More »

Manzanilla collapse: decades of neglect

The devastation of sections of the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road may have been triggered by an act of God, as many are wont to say when heavy rainfall wreaks havoc and they wish to cover up their complicity in the destruction—dumping debris into watercourses, interfering with drainage systems, or denuding hillsides and undertaking construction in the worst possible places. Read More »

Don’t allow more embarrassment

IN A WAY, with the manner in which they lost, you would have to feel sorry for the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national football team. Losing on penalties is a crap shoot, although you must admit that the latest version of the Soca Warriors did not set Montego Bay on fire and was barely good for its runner-up spot in the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Read More »

Immigration steps beyond the norm

US President Barack Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration stand out from those of his predecessors because of the sheer scope of what he’s doing and the political tenor of the times. Read More »

Election date 2015

Last Sunday, at the PNM’s (People’s National Movement)annual convention, political leader Read More »

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