Very few people observed how TT Police Commissioner Gray Griffith was being sidelined from power with the departure of the National Security Minister Stuart Young and the surfacing of Fitzgerald Hinds to that exalted position last April.In our April 23 issue headed “Watching the Last Red Men with Cockee Eye”, ttinsider.com drew a tenuous link …
It was in 1956 that Trinidad’s newly elected Chief Minister Dr Eric Williams took charge of a tiny Caribbean country striving to establish itself as a nation evolving out of the British colonial mould. Foremost among the men Williams hand-picked to help him navigate his new government was John O’Halloran “It doesn’t sound like much …
“Life teaches you to believe that it is real.” says Paramahansa Yogananda in ‘The Divine Romance”.
As the twin-island Caribbean microstate of Trinidad and Tobago stands tall like a giant and shines bright like a diamond in its fifty-ninth year of Independence, the lesson to be learnt as a nation evolving its own separate reality is a very difficult one.
For the mere 1.4 million people of perhaps the most diversified ethnic moorings squashed unceremoniously in a tiny place, nationhood may be more of a cause for wonder in terms of sheer abundance and prosperity as opposed to a cause for fear and lack.
Yes, many were downright appalled at how Keith Rowley had been obviously “set up” by the handlers of an enthusiastic Indian woman who enticingly protruded her rear end into the TT PM’s tool box in San Fernando Carnival Tuesday 2015 for what must have been a fleetingly most enjoyable scandalous front page photo opportunity. The …
It will come as a shocking surprise to any observer who dares to look under the surface to discover that – in a country of abundance, harmony and resources – there exists a clear and present danger to the future of the fledgling democratic republic called Trinidad and Tobago.
The country’s first Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams called them “The Recalcitrant Minority” after they voted against the People’s National Movement (PNM), thereby scuttling the dream of the country’s two major ethnic groups for a Unity that keeps eluding the most ambitious idealists in the post-colonial era.
Others use the term Neemakaram (meaning “Traitor”).
Some also deem them “Coolies” who have chosen to keep soaking their minds in the comfort zone of the (rice) lagoon where many of them found a home when they arrived here.
Whatever the intensity of the invective, they cannot match the hostile and poisonous nature of the thousands of darts constantly aimed in guerrilla warfare fashion at those who they quietly refer to as “niggers” and “negroes” in private conversation – even as they prepare their “Indian delicacies” for sale to an apparently unaware, trusting African clientele.
August is Pan month as Trinidad and Tobago celebrates the invention of the Steel Pan as the musical instrument created by renowned pan-man Winston “Spree” Simon in the late1940s.
For certain, since its emergence on the streets of Port of Spain as a crudely dented in oil drum intended to replace the “tamboo bamboo” sticks which the ex-slaves had been beating to discover their hidden spirits into a separate reality, the steel pan or “Pan” has come a very long way.
Ever had a sudden pain in your neck, only to find out later that your brother had felt a similar pain at about the same time although he was in London and you were in faraway Port of Spain?
This obviously simple example of the complex pattern of reaction process in which we are key active players is being worked out at the kind of speeds clocked in micro-milliseconds, or less than the shave off a Tokyo 2020 Track and Field Olympic gold medal performance.
Sounds a lot like “The butterfly effect”.
The butterfly effect is the idea that small things can have non-linear impacts on a complex system. The concept is imagined with a butterfly flapping its wings and causing a typhoon. Of course, a single act like the butterfly flapping its wings cannot cause a typhoon.
While there’s the possibility that he may soon have to pass on the ball of responsibility as head of Trinidad and Tobago’s Police Service, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith continues to maintain his daringly flamboyant style on the dangerous play field as he makes yet another defensive header to a curved ball coming to his far corner even as he trains his sights on an off-side man preparing to sneak in a bicycle kick.
It’s been a rigorous three-year stint for the West Point graduate who, as one of the shorter members of his squad, would have fought twice as hard to be seen, much more recognized in a world of titans whose stature prevails more on the basis of one’s capacity to be seen and not necessarily heard.
Those charming, nonchalant smiles of a group of handsome young men pictured above – possibly including Trinidadians -bely the ISIS state of mind which is well known to dominate their fully-rinsed Jihadi minds.
The tragic fact is that these are ISIS’ poster boys for a world which has been over the years subjected to a Madison Avenue-style campaign to woo recruits to promote Islam at the cost of their lives.
“ Trinidad and Tobago’s role as a hub for extremist recruitment was most notably publicized in 2016, when Shane Crawford, also known as Abu Sa’d at-Trinidad, was prominently featured throughout ISIS’s magazine, Dabiq”, The Counter Extremism Project has reported.
Wikipedia describes The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) as a non-profit non-governmental organization that combats extremist groups “by pressuring financial support networks, countering the narrative of extremists and their online recruitment, and advocating for strong laws, policies and regulations”.
It was a straight case of how attorneys for Anil’s pick-up side could be caught in a jaw-dropping position of compromise by an esteemed senior counsel holding the brief for a Jamaican lamb brought to the slaughter at the Port of Spain Abattoir.
Somewhere in the jerky intervals between gasping for oxygen during his social media asthmatic attacks against TT’s usually dignified Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Anil Roberts is presenting a close resemblance to Anand Ramlogan
This is not intended in any way to diminish the reputation of the star of Trinbago’s popular ”Dougla Politics” show who relishes in near-orgasmic Senate sessions where he takes pot shots at colleagues and randomly targets others from his illusory life-sport garrison, ad nauseam.