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Ziya’s teachers have started suggesting that I invest more in her focus on school work and a routine of revision. She’ll need this in order to not experience Junior 1, next year, as an overwhelming leap in demands, pressure and material to be covered.

The girl is dreamy, drifting away from whatever she is assigned to doodle on her notebook pages,...

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power was a watershed moment in the Middle East, inspiring a wave of rebellions and serving notice to Arab governments that no leader is immune from the collective wrath of his people. At a time when overtly repressive...

Monday, March 7, 2011

 Is it friends and family diplomacy? Recently, the People’s Partnership accredited an Ambassador to the United States and the United Mexican States, in the person of Dr Neil Parsan, and a Consul General in Dr Anil Balliram.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Last Monday’s vote in the House of Representatives on the bill to amend the Constitution to permit the unimpeded enforcement of the death penalty had a dramatic outcome. The Opposition PNM did not support the bill and voted against it, thereby denying the Government the three-quarters majority...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dem say we mad and we bad
I telling you
Where I from?
I from Trinidad and Tobago
Ise a Trini
A Trini
Ise a Trini
A Trini
Proud proud Trini
—Trini, Benjai

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Perhaps fittingly for the upcoming display of predominantly female masqueraders of every va-riation, Carnival Tuesday is also International Women’s Day.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

As I waited at a traffic light in front of the Hyatt and the Financial Centre (furniture warehouse), I was distracted by a group of Japanese tourists, all of them with hair like a cockatoo, trying to negotiate the long, painted gauntlet without being ground into road kill by our maniacal...

Friday, March 4, 2011

In Trinidad, you can almost always tell what is trivial and what is crucial because the inane always dominates centre stage and the essential is never put on the agenda.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Any society that aspires to be a cohesive national entity must be willing to accept all of its history; not just parts of it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Essay by Shalini Singh of Lakshmi Girls Hindu College, the third place winner in the essay competition on multiculturalism: “I will strive, in everything I do, to work together with my fellowmen of every creed and race, for the greater happiness of all and the honour and glory of my country.”...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Indications that the calypsonian has not completely lost his/her way as the voice and conscience of society came from Calypso Fiesta last weekend.

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