Friday, April 18, 2014


Crucial challenge for Integrity Commission

The Integrity Commission has, for far too long, been saddled with the image of vulnerability to serious criticism and liability to hapless missteps. In a sense, this is almost inevitable since, in a small society like Trinidad and Tobago, members of the commission are going to be held to a higher standard than other public people and, being successful individuals in a society like T&T’s, are going to be hard-pressed to meet these standards. Read More »

The Atheist Bible

In the beginning, there was no Beginning. There was only the quantum field. Read More »

Mischaracterising the African mood

Raoul Pantin is a highly regarded columnist, and so when he writes, citizens take note. I read his column titled “A vote against racism” in Wednesday’s Express, and was surprised at the thinness and ad hoc nature of the data he had marshalled to make his case that we are back to racial ugliness when it comes to assessing the Government. Read More »

Hope springs eternal

I was tempted to write something similar to what I wrote in my previous article (“Right of way”, Express, February 8), ie, rant about all the things that have gone wrong with this country we love. And boy did I have the ammunition to do it with. Environmental disaster cover-ups. Alleged shady stock transactions at one of our prominent banks. Ministers dropping like flies. Read More »

Compensation catch-22

From the beginning, the response to the Petrotrin oil spill disaster has been plagued by an absence of leadership by the energy industry’s regulatory authorities. Despite being the party responsible for the oil spill, Petrotrin has been allowed enormous latitude for shaping the country’s response to the worst oil spill in the nation’s history. Instead of taking charge as regulator, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has been inclined to give way to Petrotrin in managing the response. Read More »

The short brutish life of Brandon

Short and brutish, his life ended tragically. Yet even in a world where the bizarre has become almost banal in terms of its frequency, the life and death of Brandon Hargreaves was remarkably sad. Twice in his short life, Brandon was the subject of sustained news headlines. Each time, the circumstances were terrible and deeply disturbing. Read More »

An icon passes

He passed on April 9, 2014, at 87, succumbing to old age and complications relating to diabetes. He had had a good innings, including the following sections: Island scholarship, Oxford education, ministership in the Federation, MP for Tobago East, a practice in law, ministership in People’s National Movement (PNM) governments, authorship of The Mechanics of Independence, breakaway from the PNM and formation of the Democratic Action Congress (DAC,) chairmanship of the Tobago House of Assembly, advocacy of Tobagonian self-government, contribution to the establishment of the International Criminal Court, political leadership of the NAR, prime ministership of the country, presidency of the country. Read More »

Seymour Hersh strikes again

Why would anyone believe Seymour Hersh? True, he’s the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who broke the story of the massacre committed by US Army troops at My Lai in 1968 during the Vietnam War, and revealed the torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by US military police at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004. But he’s getting old (77), and he’s a freelancer, and he won’t even disclose the name of his key informant. Read More »

It’s the message, not the messenger

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan apparently believes that hysterical hyperbole is an effective form of argument. Read More »

Cuba’s bold new moves...

THE CUBAN government is currently pursuing bold new initiatives to combat the destructive effects of the unprecedented 50-year-old trade and economic blockade against it by the United States of America. Read More »

A vote against racism

“If we as a nation are to truly continue walking forward we are the ones who will hurt ourselves if we remain locked in the past.” —Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Parliament last Friday Read More »

Re-engineering our Constitution

I believe our winner take all electoral system as operated in our plural society has produced and exacerbated the cleavages and tensions which result from the supporters of the winning party gaining all the spoils of election victory while the losers believe their job is to make the country ungovernable. Read More »

Govt data basket case reaches scandal level

Latest appraisals by the presumably no-nonsense reviewers of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have allowed Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to indulge in self-praise of her government’s economic management. Displaying exemplary promptness in its reporting and disclosure, the IMF team released its much-awaited findings on April 2, the day after the close of its annual Article IV mission. Read More »

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