A most joyful Christmas - December 25, 2018
In the spirit of the season, I write today about one of the more memorable Christmas experiences I had—when I returned home days before Christmas in 1966, having spent 27 months in Britain training in the military.
Media trapped by trivia - December 19, 2018
For a country that is beset by myriad fundamental problems—real, imagined or contrived—it is amazing how easily the entire nation can be distracted by trivia.
‘We dogs dead’ - December 11, 2018
In my column last week in which I lamented the collapse of Petrotrin, I submitted that one of the tragic consequences would be the oil refinery falling into the hands of foreigners (by lease or purchase), and the workers who were terminated returning to seek employment with the new operators, prepared to work for substantially lower wages and salaries than they earned with the State-owned company.
Day of moaning for Petrotrin - December 5, 2018
During last Friday's unofficial "Day of Moaning" for the official demise of State-owned oil giant Petrotrin, I detected more than a hint of hypocrisy among the moaners.
Seers, shamans and shysters - November 21, 2018
I suppose it was inevitable—the proliferation of self-proclaimed astrologers, mystic healers, seers, obeah-men, call them what you will, although the word "conmen" might best capture their lucrative "hustle".
Refugees aggravate T&T woes - November 21, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago has found itself in an unenviable, as well as untenable, position of having to deal with hundreds of mostly Venezuelan and Cuban nationals who have entered this country, legally and illegally, then announcing themselves as refugees or seeking political asylum.
Remembering the savagery of war - November 14, 2018
I awoke last Sunday morning to see and hear French President Emmanuel Macron deliver an address before scores of world leaders gathered in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Bring on an anti-corruption court - November 7, 2018
Until scores of corrupt politicians, public officials and thieving contractors in this country are jailed for pillaging the public purse, and are seen wearing "prison blues" so that the population is convinced that justice is evenly dispensed, the lawlessness that runs rife in the society will ravage its body politic like an invasive cancer.
Flushing the prisons' excrement - October 24, 2018
Tne newspaper report put the tally of prisons officers murdered in the past 25 years at 22. Another stated that 16 were killed in 15 years. However we look at it, one can understand the outrage of those who chose to be at the vortex of the crime whirlwind that wreaks destruction across this country at being targeted by criminals, marked for death in a manner of speaking.
Reduce road traffic, improve productivity, economy - October 18, 2018
Contrary to my assertion in last week's column that most motorists and commuters do not care about the suffering they endure in daily traffic congestions, responses to the article suggest otherwise.
Copyright © 1999 - 2018 Raffique Shah
Site Designed and maintained By: Trinicenter.com.