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The song reached number two on the UK Charts and number one in the US. Although the song has lost popularity, its message remains relevant up to today. I recently recalled this song having regard to the unfolding of certain events.

On the international stage countries fight wars ultimately for world dominance. At a national level, politicians and...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One of my standing assignments as a reporter on the culture beat about 18 years ago was to cover the launch of Carnival.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Of course the refusal by the PNM to support the Hanging Bill (so-called) is obstructionist and merely designed to thwart the efforts of the Government to at least seem to be doing something to effectively impact on criminal activity.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We have to deal with some burning issues in the Caribbean including the crime surge and splurge, the trust deficit, the decreasing level of integrity, the collapse of role models, and the pervasive hopelessness that characterises the battle against crime and violence.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shuffling, chipping in the middle of a group of adults in a steelband in downtown Port-of-Spain 1958 and hearing them sing, “The doctor say yuh pay as yuh earn!” The picture is in black and white.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Politics and insensitivity converged recently with comments about vigilante action and reasonable/appropriate response to attacks on the person and property.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Legend has it that when the young Sparrow’s mother discovered that he was determined to pursue a calypso career, as an option, she became so despondent that she sat on a bench at a public park and simply wept.

Monday, March 7, 2011

 Welcome to the greatest show on Earth! It truly is grand, isn’t it? Machel is right: The stage is in front of you, time to take advantage of it. Stamp on it! Put your own special stamp on it. Jump! Raise your flags! Wave your rags! Swing that towel!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Carnival for me this year began with the living legend Len “Boogsie” Sharpe playing the pan for his dead friend Keith Smith, lying in a coffin in front of him at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-of-Spain.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Several years ago, while I was a student in Miami, I witnessed a turning point in race relations among Trinbagonians. In my first year at university, there were numerous parties that Trinis of all races attended.

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...

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