Love a Donkey: Besson's Independence Fables - Pt 3
September 18, 2017
Besson argues that Trinidad and Tobago's independence venture failed because more than 30 percent of the African population left the country since1962. "These emigrants," he says, "were mostly urban, secondary school educated, more or less middle class...At the same time, about the same amount of people or more than that of those who left, have come from the islands of the Caribbean." Full Article
Love a Donkey: Besson's Independence Fables - Pt 2
September 10, 2017
In "Independence Legacies," Gerard Besson offers his reading of Trinidad's modern history. He says: "From 1783, Europeans and Black people who were not enslaved... arrived mostly from French islands. Many were refugees, political enemies and strangers to each other.... After the British conquest of 1797 to this milieu were added Chinese, Portuguese, and African freedmen.
Love a Donkey: Besson's Independence Fables - Pt 1
September 03, 2017
I always marvel when relatively intelligent people say silly things about Africans and our past because of their color or class position. In "Independence Legacies" Gerard Besson offers a mishmash of information, which suffers from factual, interpretive, and definitional flaws. Full Article
Forgetting and Remembering August 28, 2017
On August 31, Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate fifty-five years of independence. As per usual, there will be an inspection of the members of the armed forces, perhaps a fireworks display (I really enjoyed this as a boy); and many people will troop off to the beaches. Full Article
Incompetence and Bad Judgment August 20, 2017
I had promised that I would not involve myself with the Ferry Imbroglio (an extremely confused, complex and embarrassing situation, full of trouble and problems) if only because the situation was/is so uncalled for and revealed such extraordinary incompetence on government's part. Full Article
In Solid Support of Ancel Roget August 13, 2017
I am a child of labor. In any struggle between labor and capital, I locate myself solidly on the side of labor, since my family labored on the Orange Sugar Estates, Tacarigua, for almost two centuries. Their labor power was exploited ruthlessly by the owners of capital, which is nothing more than dead labor accumulated through the suffering and emasculation of millions of laborers.
Beautiful Are the Souls of My Black People August 06, 2017
I want to modify the title of Jeanne Noble's book (Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters) to describe the wondrous display of African couture (exquisitely designed African dresses, elaborately textured head wraps, and intricately woven male fashions) that graced Port of Spain streets on Tuesday as black people wound their way from the Treasury Building to the Queen's Park Savannah to celebrate the 179th year of their emancipation from slavery.
Keith Rowley's Glorious Moment July 31, 2017
Last Sunday, Jonathan Fenby, author of The General: Charles de Gaulle, suggested that Emmanuel Macron, President of France, was following closely in the footsteps of Charles de Gaulle, founder of the Fifth Republic, by using his office with the same majesty, grandeur, and decorum that de Gaulle did.
The Four Ks of Our Destruction July 24, 2017
For the past seven years the two Ks (Kamla and Keith) have ruled the land. On Tuesday they introduced two other "Ks" to the unsavory mix: Kamauflage, another kamikaze-like maneuver designed to hoodwink our people. Full Article
Long Walk to Freedom - Part 2 July 16, 2017
The Anti-Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, offers an excellent exhibition on the life of Nelson Mandela, the most recognizable person of the twenty-first century. On one of the walls there is a quotation that is attributed to Aristotle, the Greek philosopher. Full Article
Long Walk to Freedom - Part 1 July 10, 2017
I spent four weeks in South Africa and Swaziland at the end of June and the beginning of July. These were some of the most educative and inspiring days of my life. I had followed the South African liberation struggle since the late 1950s when Miriam Makeba sang her freedom songs. Full Article
State Capture: Syrian/Lebanese Style July 02, 2017
Last Sunday Anthony Bourdain presented a well-researched, balanced, and superbly crafted depiction of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) in his program "Parts Unknown." All the interviewees portrayed T&T as a sophisticated, talented, diverse and intelligent community. Full Article
Go to Timbuktu!!! June 27, 2017
Many Trinidadians and Tobagonians of my generation can remember when, in a rage or disagreement, an antagonist uttered the insult: "Go to Timbuktu!" It was a term that suggested one should be banished into ignominy and sent into the dungeon of stupidity. Full Article
On the Israel-Lebanon Border June 20, 2017
Rosh HaNikra, the northernmost point of Israel, borders Lebanon. On Saturday, June 10 (the Israeli Sabbath) I found myself at the entrance gate to Lebanon discussing the intricacies of Israel-Lebanon relations with a junior commander of the Israeli army. Full Article
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