By Amar Wahab
Amar Wahab is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago
For the region’s Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott, “the traveller cannot love,” unlike those more settled and put in place.
This week on ‘What the People Say’ persons share their views on the West Indies cricket team and about Shivnarine Chanderpaul not being selected to play in the one-day game against Pakistan at the Providence Stadium.
On April 29, the so called Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organisation all but died. Its demise went almost unremarked, with little or no media interest, and with few to publicly question the enormous amount of time, intellectual effort and money that has gone into the process since it first started in November 2001 in Doha.
Last week, we had reached the point where, after cleans-ing the wound and removing dead tissue (debriding), a decision must be as to whether the wound will be closed, or managed as an open wound.
That part of Guyanese literature that may be described as East Indian literature is indistinguishable from the totality of the nation’s writing in terms of styles, themes, subjects and other concerns of authors today.
Anyone who has played sport at the highest level knows that sinking nervous, almost fearful feeling before a big event. It is made up of all manner of emotions – the pure nerves associated with any competitive endeavour, the fear of letting your team or country down, the fear of not doing yourself justice in the eyes of others – and the knowledge of the distress, which is extreme in the hardest confrontations, that you know can result as the mind and body are pushed to the limit.
It just had to be one of the early issues of this year’s elections campaign. Because it has relevance to the fairness element of the “free-and-fair” elections the more “democratic” of societies clamour for.