How Long It Go Take?

Trinidad (not Tobago) has always struck me as an extremely conservative place. Almost as a matter of course people take the shortest possible view. Growing up, I discovered…

Eric Williams’ East Indian Pursuits

I expressed curiosity about his selective emphases upon the Negro with parsimonious reference to other racial groups in the post-war Caribbean … The racial emphasis, he insisted, was…

Does Authoritarianism Work?

The State of Emergency proclaimed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on August 21 takes the premise that authoritarian measures are necessary to stop crime.…

Dangerous Seductions

These are dangerous times. A government too weak to govern under terms of a democracy has decided to govern on the borrowed strength of a State of Emergency.…

Hurting For Haiti From Exile

From his home-in-exile in the hills of Johannesburg, South Africa, former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide sat down for an exclusive, wide-ranging two-hour interview with filmmaker Nicolas Rossier in…

French Dna, Tea Parties And Wall Street

There is a strange and perverse logic to much of the economic and financial crisis that is on the lips and minds of the opulent western world.…

The Hurt Of Two Presidents

The worst of the most extremist fibres of western societies have surfaced recently with telling impact in two very emblematic countries.…

Enter The War Lords

This is part 4 in a series that looks at how Sierra Leone, once known as the “Athens of West Africa” and blessed with mineral resources, fell into…

Choosing ‘restless Unease’

“The energy business is very dangerous.” Most people who work in the energy sector readily agree with this declaration from BPTT CEO and chairman Robert Riley.…

Celebrating Daaga

The following feature address was delivered at a ceremony held by the Hindu Prachaar Kendra to honour Makandal Daaga at its headquarters in Enterprise on Sunday, August 15,…

Gangsters, Politicians Cocaine And Bankers

The arrest of Christopher “Dudus” Coke in a road block in Jamaica on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 opens the possibility once and for all to reveal the full…

New Chance To Make A Break

Perhaps it’s the recession, but honeymoons don’t seem to linger as long they once used to.…

The Challenge Of Kamla’s Populist Politics

It may be the usual post-election honeymoon, but it seems that since the May 2010 general election, the population has begun to exhale.…

Promises… Promises… Promises

The most stunning statistic to emerge from the recent meeting of the world’s richest nations at the G-20 Summit in Toronto came from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.…

Women In The Wings Of History

ON THE face of it, there seems no connection between the ascent of Kamla Persad-Bissessar as Trinidad and Tobago’s first female prime minister, and the Christopher “Dudus” Coke…
1 2 3 5