Ancestors October 19, 2017
Last weekend I traveled to Fort Lauderdale to see Mislet Harry, the senior member of the Cudjoe clan. It didn’t hurt that Miami was celebrating its annual carnival celebrations. The daughter of Aunt Elaine, Mislet has lived in the Miami area for the past thirty years or so. Full Article
Does UNC See Itself as Part of the Nation? October 14, 2017
Last week I argued that there was something disingenuous about the suggestions put forward by Sat Maraj, Stephen Kangal and the UNC about sending money to Dominicans but making sure they did not enter our country. The UNC declaimed that none of its members said anything negative about the Prime Minister's plan to bring Dominicans to T&T... Full Article
Do They Ever See Us as a Nation? October 02, 2017
Like the Prime Minister, I want to tell the naysayers against his proposal to house our Dominican brothers and sisters to shut up but for different reasons. I couldn’t see how decent men could speak of our neighbors as though they were aliens (“refugees”) who have no place in our land. Full Article
Rogues & Lumpens September 24, 2017
The Oxford French Dictionary defines "mentalities," as "the attitudes of a group of people toward the world and their conception of their place within it; the modes of thought, beliefs, morals, etc."The Oxford French Dictionary defines "mentalities," as "the attitudes of a group of people toward the world and their conception of their place within it; the modes of thought, beliefs, morals, etc."
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
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