State of the Nation

How ah lil Indian Woman make Rowley break dance in hot pants.

Like the raging bull his former boss had  more-than-once accused him of being , TT Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was caught voraciously charging forward as if to  devour  a tiny female Indian reporter  in full glare of the country’s Media in a not-so-very Diplomatic central event on Saturday October 16. In an attack which …

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Abundant and Inventive Caribbean People So Very Unafraid of Poverty

When the Jamaican legend Bob Marley sangIn the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty, he was referring to the wide expanse of opportunity generated by Caribbean people evolving out of the crucible of slavery and indenture as one of their key learning experiences upon  arrival in this new, strange world they came to  know …

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How to run a democracy that’s blissfully unaware of its high mediocre standards

In a young evolving democracy like Trinidad and Tobago where standards are a moving target, some leeway is sometimes necessary to move the complex process forward.Take the most regretful example of July 27, 1990 when a Muslim radical cleric and his fellow terrorists stormed the country’s Parliament, murdered a sitting member and held the Cabinet …

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Mental Barriers

“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.

Seniors Under Siege

Perplexing photographs of senior citizens baking in the hot tropic sun while waiting for COVID 19 vaccines that never arrive provides just another painful expression of how an administration can shoot itself in the foot despite its best intentions.

While there may be justifiable argument to show that “No one is to blame”, such excuses ring hollow for citizens who have been faithfully following every rule during this distressing “lock down” where deprivations that were once thought to be trite and harmless are proving to be of serious consequence to an unprepared nation.

Watching the last red men with a cokee-eye

Vaulting ambition recently came to a screeching halt when Acting Police Inspector Mark Hernandez was charged for misbehavior in public office recently. Hernandez was appointed head of SORT (Special Operations Response Team)  by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith a few short months after he himself had assumed his exalted position.

That these two “Red Men” seemed to enjoy a special kind of synergy in the black-dominated TTPS, was evident in what Hernandez was attributed as saying when he was charged.

In this connection, the  46-year old aspiring DCP was reported as expressing hope that the SORT unit, established by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, would not be tainted by him (Hernandez) being charged.

RIP, Fine Soldier

As Trinidad and Tobago’s tired  Prime Minister  Dr. Keith Rowley looks for someone to replace deceased Energy Minister  Franklin Khan, it’s obvious how weak the government front bench really is.

Besides Rowley himself, the only one left to stoutly defend the besieged Balisier-entwined democratic republic is Works Minister Colm Imbert, a veteran who ranks high in political experience but low in people appeal.

The Real Brave One

Most genuine Trinis would have by now said a quiet prayer for  Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley who was recently tested Positive for Covid- 19. However, it’s not surprising that some of our yellow-hearted citizens could still find room and time to deal a few mal-intentioned jabs at our beloved “Tobago Ah we Boy”.

“I hear Rowley dying”, my east Indian tailor mournfully chimes in oxymoronic tones that ring of gratitude and optimism, as he takes measurements for my order. As disappointing as it is, this is the kind of naysaying and negativity which the populace has to deal with even as we keep plodding towards a future filled with possibilities of progress and prosperity on the cutting edge of destiny.

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