Street renaming

There are some things which really do pass all understanding. Following a public meeting convened by City Hall last Tuesday, it was announced that the Botanical Gardens were to be renamed the Forbes Burnham Botanical Gardens.

Black Friday

It is hard to imagine a time when people felt there were too few shopping days before Christmas. Since 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt introduced Black Friday — a special post-Thanksgiving day of deals in the United States — retail marketing has conquered much of the developed world.

Latin America: the pendulum swings

On Sunday, the victory of the conservative mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, in Argentina’s presidential run-off election not only ended twelve years of populist rule by the Kirchners – Nestor Kirchner (2003-2007) followed by his widow Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2015) – but will also have serious implications for the advance of the so-called “pink tide” in Latin America and the geopolitical balance of the region.

Violence against women

Two days before the world observed International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Melissa Skeete, a young mother of four was brutally stabbed by her partner in his car and then tossed out on a city street.

Syria: the powers strain for alliance

The murderous rampage in France, attributed to IS or IS-related forces, has forced the major powers of the Security Council to seek ways and means of agreement on a strategy, or strategies, for coping with the spread of the Syrian disorder, particularly onto the European continent.

Mr Harmon’s apology

The suddenness of Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s apology for his controversial ‘no apology’ remark made more than a month ago and arising out of the official announcement regarding a salary increase for ministers of government is not as small a matter as it might seem.

Baishanlin and missteps

No matter how long they have been in opposition, it takes a while for new governments to find a rhythm in how they govern and to develop frameworks on their agenda, policy matters and controversial issues like the affairs of the logging company Baishanlin.


In the early hours of last Sunday morning, former Crime Chief Leslie James was the victim of a home invasion when he was confronted by armed bandits.

Compassion for strangers

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” said the Reverend Martin Luther King. For leaders of the US civil rights struggle this was not a lofty ideal so much as a practical reason to regroup after being assaulted by thugs, mauled by police dogs and battered by fire hoses.

Lessons from the UNC

When Kamla Persad-Bissessar ousted Basdeo Panday, the founder-leader of the United National Congress (UNC), back in the heady days of January 2010, on her way to becoming the first female prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Panday had cried foul.


The current stories of refugees and migrants from Central America, Cuba, Africa and the Middle East pouring out of these areas in sometimes fatal attempts to reach the United States of America and Europe are nothing new.

IS in France

The extreme shock demonstrated by the French government and people at the attacks on individuals in Paris has been obvious. And in comes after the relatively unexpected mass movement of migrants from the Middle East, and Syria in particular, in the last few months, as well as from persons experiencing extreme physical pressure in Libya and neighbouring countries in Africa facing the Middle East.

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