Daily Archive for January 29th, 2010

Tension, picong… Jack is Chief Whip

New UNC Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

New UNC Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

All eyes were on the new UNC Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, former UNC leader Basdeo Panday and the new Chairman of the UNC Jack Warner. Panday, who arrived a few minutes late, offered Kamla his chair before eventually taking his seat in parliament. Panday’s loyalists diagreed with Persad-Bissessar’s appointment of Jack Warner as the UNC Chief Whip, claiming Mr. Warner is too inexperienced. Basdeo Panday remains UNC’s Opposition Leader as no motion has been made to replace him.
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Disorderly Governance

MangroveEDITOR: The Laws of Trinidad and Tobago have been broken by the open removal of Mangrove forests on the Mucurapo foreshore next to the car park where the City Corporation park their trucks. Why has the Mayor or the CEO of the City Corporation not yet been arrested and charged or fired for incompetence and mismanagement? Are the 40 dedicated Environmental Police a few blocks away at the EMA offices in St Clair aware?
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Q & A with the State Department on Haiti

Sending in the Marines

By Judith Scherr
January 29, 2010 – counterpunch.org

US Marines in HaitiTHE FRENCH COOPERATION Minister Alain Joyandet accused the U.S. of “occupying” Haiti rather than helping in the wake of the devastating January 12, 7.0 earthquake. Doctors Without Borders and officials from the Caribbean community expressed similar frustrations, as US military personnel controlling the airport turned away their planes. With just under 20,000 U.S. boots on the ground in Haiti or just off shore, the U.N. military force has augmented its numbers to around 12,000. Still, more than two weeks after the disaster, Haitians lack water, food, medicine, shelter and equipment to dig out those that may still be alive under the rubble.
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