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Letter: Grenada's spiralling health care crisis

March 30, 2017
Letter: Grenada's spiralling health care crisis The World Health Report on Grenada is in need of revision. Grenada is dealing with a pressing need in the health care system; its economic strife has left the healthcare system struggling to cope with a growing devastating health care crisis. Everyone, except the Grenadian government, knows...

Letter: A response to the legal opinion on the Guatemalan claim to Belize

March 30, 2017
Letter: A response to the legal opinion on the Guatemalan claim to Belize Attorney David Fine and editor Evan X Hyde, as a Belizean I commend you for writing this extremely powerful legal opinion on Belizean rights to our country. Also, Mr Hyde for publishing this needed article in his Amandala newspaper to educate our people on this ongoing never ending false claim...

Letter: Where is the outrage to political and religious barons in St Lucia?

March 29, 2017
Letter: Where is the outrage to political and religious barons in St Lucia? In the solemnity of my Sunday afternoon reflection in this season of Lent, my mind drifts into the cycle of a nation, Saint Lucia, that is becoming hardened. Some say, stone cold, to normalizing sorrow and pain – to becoming acceptable in conquest by imperial forces of Babylon. The compromise...

Letter: Patriarchy and power

March 29, 2017
Letter: Patriarchy and power Violence against women has become very much a major issue in the public domain and discourse. This is a very important development because our record as Caribbean men in this area has not been particularly good. And we do need to take stock and re-learn some key relationship patterns.

Open letter: Bonaire people's rejection of Dutch parliament elections

March 29, 2017
Herewith we refer to our last letter objecting to the Dutch Parliament elections as organized on our islands Bonaire and Sint Eustatius, whose peoples never choose the Dutch Parliament as their representatives or as their legislators. This Dutch election our islands...

Letter: Stop the world, Dominica; start asking why

March 28, 2017
Letter: Stop the world, Dominica; start asking why I have come to the conclusion that many of the things we do, is just a bunch of nonsense. What is worse, we keep doing it for no good reason at all. Some will blame it on the government, some on the weather, others on their childhood, or even on their mother-in-law. Oh, almost forgot the...

Letter: Labour must be more productive in Trinidad and Tobago

March 28, 2017
Letter: Labour must be more productive in Trinidad and Tobago One of my most profound discoveries in life is the inevitability of karma or, for the scientific minded, reaction to one’s action. One cannot reap that which was not sown. In such light, regardless of how much one condemns the present or past political administration, unless there are tangible...

Letter: Internet kicking traditional media to the curb

March 27, 2017
Letter: Internet kicking traditional media to the curb Recently, the owners of one of the country’s main dailies decided to throw in the towel and sell the newspaper to a rival company. No doubt, one of the reasons why the owners didn’t see the point in holding on to what they clearly saw as a lost cause was because the newspaper simply wasn’t...

Letter: Tampering with Grenada's electoral office

March 27, 2017
Letter: Tampering with Grenada's electoral office It is rather shameful and embarrassing when a head of state of an independent democratic country is at the center of a controversy regarding the alleged tampering and manipulation of the electoral system. Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade must be mindful of the message...

Letter: The Argyle airport 'poppy show' opening

March 25, 2017
Letter: The Argyle airport 'poppy show' opening The nagging question of how many passengers landed at Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the various Valentine’s Day chartered flights has now been answered by the SVG Tourism Authority. The short reply is “very few.” This observation is more evidence that the painfully slow-motion AIA exercise...

Letter: Trinidad PM throws his party's aging youth officer under the bus

March 25, 2017
Letter: Trinidad PM throws his party's aging youth officer under the bus In a puerile attempt to throw his party's 60-year-old youth officer under the bus, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley chastised Fitzgerald Hinds, minister of public utilities, for not responding to a text Rowley sent to him at 2.15 in the morning. Rowley did this week whilst speaking at the PNM’s...

Letter: 2017 is the year to prosecute superior commanders of Tivoli Gardens Massacre

March 24, 2017
Letter: 2017 is the year to prosecute superior commanders of Tivoli Gardens Massacre May 2017 marks seven years since Jamaican security forces massacred more than 70 people in the Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston area. There is no indication that without people pressure the state has any interest in holding anyone accountable. The facts are that overwhelming force was...

Letter: Time is running out for rescuing Trinidad and Tobago

March 24, 2017
Letter: Time is running out for rescuing Trinidad and Tobago Every time there is something alarming like the death of WPC Joseph, the nation contemplates large scale protests and the media is bombarded with expressions of concern by citizens. This continues until something more alarming replaces the area of concern. In the meantime, time is running out...

Letter: Does Dominica lack common sense?

March 23, 2017
Letter: Does Dominica lack common sense? No matter what current headlines are used to the catch the attention of audiences, usually in essence the following text in the article or comments depict several things that indicate that there is an unhealthy atmosphere in Dominica. Unhealthy for our country and just as unhealthy for our people.

Letter: Lloyd Best - a Caribbean icon

March 23, 2017
Letter: Lloyd Best - a Caribbean icon This week, the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies presents a Lecture Series in honour of, in my view, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most intellectually stimulating and (perhaps because of this) also underrated thinkers. As a young Caribbean scholar I felt it necessary to share my own...

Letter: The unfinished work of Maurice Bishop, by Peter Binose

March 22, 2017
Letter: The unfinished work of Maurice Bishop, by Peter Binose Here is an extract of the last chapter in Peter Binose’s unpublished book about Maurice Bishop. I am not sure when Peter actually wrote this because he started the book in 2004 and I believe, but am not sure, finished it in 2010. I thank his family for allowing me to publish this and I hope the...

Letter: Can California really leave the union?

March 22, 2017
Letter: Can California really leave the union? With all of the separatists movements that are taking place all over the world – the challenges keeping the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, India and others together – the BBC reported that one unlikely country may have a separatist problem of its own: The United States. According to the BBC...

Letter: A few conniving unpatriotic souls

March 21, 2017
Letter: A few conniving unpatriotic souls Reasoning and common sense have become strangers to Grenadian politics, infiltrated by insidious doses of Trumpism that have also found fodder in Europe. It seems that the “progressive” political forces are hell bent on setting the stage again, revamping the “sleight of hand” approach, to invoke...

Letter: Walcott: Caribbean colossus

March 21, 2017
Letter: Walcott: Caribbean colossus Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such as way as to magnify it. Not only did give our landscape a certain epic status; he conferred on it deific significance. As perhaps, only the fallen Taino, Arahuacan ancestors, deified before.

Letter: Grenada: A country in crisis

March 20, 2017
Letter: Grenada: A country in crisis Grenada is a country in crisis under Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell and his government. Everything he aims at is wrong and evil. There is more vindictiveness, division, rudeness and pure lack of grace from this government and the NNP political party. Their priorities are messed up, they have...

Letter: Blaming the youth

March 20, 2017
Letter: Blaming the youth For those of us who would like to blame 'drugs' for everything from traffic jams to 'Mardi Gras' mas, the story of the adoption of a 'lad' from the St Michael’s Home for Boys for a weekend is instructive. A word here: officers at places like St Michael’s Home and the Youth Training Centre use the term...

Letter: Finding my missing brother in Costa Rica or Panama

March 20, 2017
Letter: Finding my missing brother in Costa Rica or Panama I would very much appreciate if you could help me in my search to find my missing brother Kapil Hariyani in Costa Rica. He arrived in Costa Rica on February 20/21, 2017, and his last known location is Between Calle 10, San Jose, Costa Rica and 10101 San Jose, Costa Rica. I spoke to him...

Letter: The 'earth shattering' Grenada Revolution

March 18, 2017
Letter: The 'earth shattering' Grenada Revolution Earl Bousquet, the St Lucian Marxist journalist, who writes for the Grenadian Marxist newspaper Carib Update, describes the Grenada revolution, 1979 to 1983, as “earth shattering”. Well it certainly was Caribbean-shattering, but not in such a nice way as Bousquet would have us believe.

Letter: The new city - Part 2

March 18, 2017
Letter: The new city - Part 2 After proper planning, we must put in place proper and basic developmental infrastructure that will facilitate ready habitation. Infrastructure such as: roads, electricity, water, human waste disposal system and cater for the nearby solid waste disposal site to be upgraded to handle the expected...

Letter: The horrific discovery of the body of WPC Nyasha Joseph

March 17, 2017
Letter: The horrific discovery of the body of WPC Nyasha Joseph Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) is deeply appalled by the horrific discovery of the body of WPC Nyasha Joseph still clad in her Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) uniform. This dastardly act was aimed at terrorizing and usurping the trust, peace and safety of our spaces.

Open letter to Grenada commissioner of police

March 17, 2017
It is with great despondency, I write to you to announce another lawless act by another police officer. At approximately 1400hrs on the 18th day of January, 2017, I drove through the town of St. George. I observed yet again, another police vehicle (TV357) negligently and...

Letter: An economy in recession

March 16, 2017
Letter: An economy in recession In Trinidad and Tobago there are growing adverse comments about the increasing unemployment, the decreasing GDP, the increasing country debt, the increased interest rates on government bonds, the fall in reserves, the drawdown from the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF), the use of...

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