Monthly Archive for May, 2006

The Issue of The Trinity, revisited

By Linda E. Edwards

Mixing a callalloo and stirring up a hornet’s nest both involve stirring. One creates a delicious green soup, the other a vicious attack by angry wasps.

Is the issue of the Trinity Cross as the nation’s highest award connected in any way with Indian Arrival Day – now a national celebration of that Muslim ship that brought so many people to Trinidad “looking for wuk”? It depends on who you talk to or listen to.
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Globalisation is as old as Colonialism

by Ras Tyehimba

The term ‘globalisation’ has its origins in the latter half of the 20th century, referring to, in a very general sense, the movement of the world’s nations towards some sort of global village, characterized by advanced technology, and rapidly expanding economic and political interdependence. However, for the Caribbean, globalisation is nothing new (Brown, 2002; Sankatsing; Watson, 2003; Klak, 1998, Boodhoo, 2002; Singh, 2002, Girvan, 1999; Pantin, 2001; Sylvester, 2002). Despite the technology, and other unprecedented aspects of the present phase of ‘globalisation’, it is a process that can be traced to Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World in the latter 15th century and the subsequent 500 plus years of European conquest, colonization and exploitation of the Caribbean region. From a Caribbean perspective, the essential nature of globalisation translates into a continuation of Euro-American political, economic, intellectual and cultural imposition on the region, albeit more effectively via modern technology, and the activities of multinational corporations and international organizations such as the WTO, IMF and the World Bank. Despite the seemingly overwhelming global forces, these immense challenges do not negate the opportunities available for the Caribbean to navigate the turbulent geo-political economy to bring benefit to the region.
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Inappropriate kid stuff

By Terry Joseph
May 26, 2006

Part I

Long ago, it was not uncommon for a visiting uncle to demand nieces play “horsie” on his lap, a ritual cheerfully endorsed by parents thinking relatives couldn’t possibly harbour inappropriate fantasies.
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Tragedy in TnT failed politicians

By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
May 28, 2006

The recent triple conviction of former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday for “failing to disclose a London bank account to the Integrity Commission” has not only caused a mighty dark cloud to descend across the horizon of TnT politics but has also spoken revealing volumes as to the real nature of ministerial performance on both sides of the political spectrum.
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Paying Tribute to Pioneers of Pan Africanism

Modibo Kambon Karamoko
Secretary, Afrikan Nationalist Patriotic Movement
Trinidad and Tobago

We must pay tribute to great pioneers such as Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Edward Wilmont Blydwn, Kwame Nkrumah, Yosef Ben-Jochannnan, Kwame Ture, Robert Mugabe, Akintola Shaka Agaja, Elijah Muhammed, Patrice Lumumba and many others. Pan Africanism is an international African philosophy created by Africans in Africa and in the diaspora. The pan African philosophy is geared for unification, liberation, cultural and economic independence of Africa and African people everywhere.
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Are Blacks Safe in Germany?

African group makes list of ‘no-go’ areas before World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is often considered an occasion to ignore differences and make friends. But ahead of Germany 2006, which kicks off on June 9, there have been several concerns that black fans and other non-white people may be subjected to serious racial attacks.

The debate started when the former government spokesman under chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Uwe-Karsten Heye, warned that black visitors coming to Germany for the World Cup should avoid certain parts of the host cities. His comment drew mixed criticism and support.

“There are small and medium-sized towns in Brandenburg, as well as elsewhere, which I would advise a visitor of another skin color to avoid going to… It is possible he wouldn’t get out alive,” Heye warned.
Full Article : english.ohmynews.com

A Deadly Virus Called Poverty

By Michael De Gale
May 24, 2006

Trinidad and Tobago News Blog
www.trinidadandtobagonews.com/blog

PovertyThe escalation of violent crimes in T&T has politicians, business people, the police and concerned citizens not knowing which way to turn. In this climate of criminality, the Government has squandered millions in state of the art technology, promised action plans which failed to materialize and most recently have invited foreign police officers to arrest the problem.
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Cops arrest man in orphan’s rape

Police yesterday launched a manhunt for a woman and her brother in the sexual and physical abuse of children.

Northern and Southern Division police searched both Laventille and Princes Town for the couple, who has been closely linked with operations at a Claxton Bay home. The two have allegedly been squandering funds and starving the children, police said.
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Cellphone porn for schoolboys

Teenager faces charges

An 18-year-old man is to be charged with exposing lewd material to minors, after he reportedly sent several video clips of pornography to a cell phone belonging to an 11-year-old student of a Belmont primary school.
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Sunday Food For Thought

By Linda Edwards

Both Raffique Shah’s column at Trinicenter.com and the Express analysis of the similarities of abuse and failure in Nixmary’s and Emily’s cases require more than Sunday reading before lunch, then putting away the papers for a good meal and an afternoon nap.

It seems to me that they require printing out or cutting out by every individual in every government agency that deals with children, including, and especially magistrates and police officers and posting above a sheet labelled ‘Action Plan For Today’.
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