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Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

How to survive Labor Day

Trinidad and Tobago: Labor Day marks the end of the summer. The last hoorah of hazy days and laughter-filled nights, there is indeed a formula in making the best out of your carnival experience. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Women’s equality 95 years later

Viewpoints: On Aug. 26, 1920 the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, became part of the United States Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration, and a tremendous “thank you” to those brave women who faced ridicule, beatings, starvation, torture and false imprisonment so that women today could exercise their right to cast a ballot. Yet 95 years later, equality continues to elude many women. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Women’s rights and gender equality

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14, 2015 (IPS) - If there is any idea and cause for which the United Nations has been an indispensable engine of progress globally it is the cause of ending all forms of “discrimination and violence against women and girls, ensuring the realization of their equal rights and advancing their political, economic and social empowerment. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Brooklyn deserves responsible development

Viewpoints: Development in Brooklyn is certainly on the rise. Next Tuesday, Aug. 18, Borough President Eric Adams will listen to testimony in Borough Hall on the proposed $52 million sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library to a developer, Hudson Companies. Comment.

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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Who ‘favors’ such nefarious leadership?

Trinidad and Tobago: Even in Britain, pollsters took a shellacking earlier this year when results in national elections there turned out significantly different from what had been projected. In Trinidad and Tobago, where a general election is scheduled Sept. 7, openly questioning whether polling exercises are invested with the requisite professional know-how is nothing new. Comment.

A vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and everywhere

Viewpoints: This month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we mark the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the failures of 1965. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Standing up for charter schools

Viewpoints: Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Bizarre responses, deadly results continue

Viewpoints: We continue to hope the critical-mass level has been reached in the many instances of reckless exercise of police authority directly or indirectly causing loss of life to persons of color. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Trading up for a better trade deal

Viewpoints: As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If we get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand the impact it can have all our businesses. Comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Global Potential creates leaders for social change

Haiti: Stepping out of the box and away from your comfort zone is often the push you need to accomplish something great. Comment.

The sobering message from GOP follies

Viewpoints: For the record, be it known that we remain committed, in this space, to refrain from mentioning by name, unless somehow unavoidable, the king-size bozo who has thrown Republicans’ search for a 2016 presidential nominee into absolute shambles. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Walmart’s use of tax havens hurts small businesses

Viewpoints: Recent revelations that Walmart, the world’s biggest corporation, is maintaining secret subsidiaries in well-known offshore tax havens are outrageous but far from surprising to small business owners. Comment.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Misrepresentation from the people’s representatives

Viewpoints: Albeit with the high court’s infamous Citizens United decision the claim has become quite a bit more hollow, but Americans continue to herald this country as one of the foremost bastions of democracy. Comment.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Legislation that could end unwanted medical treatment

Health: Roughly 25 million Americans have been subjected to unwanted medical treatment at some point in their lives, and that means we have a healthcare system that is not listening to patients. We all say we believe in patient-centered health care, and now we have a bill in the U.S. Congress that would put our money where our mouths are. Literally. Comment.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The business case for the Carbon Tax

Viewpoints: History offers a great many examples of individuals, groups and societies that lived too much in the moment and compromised longer term prosperity - or in some cases (think Easter Island) even survival. It’s the same with climate change today. Comment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A thickening plot for upcoming T&T election

Trinidad and Tobago: Anyone tuned in to the ebb and flow of current-day politics in Trinidad and Tobago would be aware that for at least three years now, it’s been known that the 2015 general election, now scheduled for Sept. 7, would be a significant marker in the country’s political evolution. Comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bring back standards for women’s reproductive health

Viewpoints: As Americans, we strive for safety — the safest medicines, cars and toys. But when it comes to women’s reproductive health, state legislatures have passed about 250 laws since 2011 that put women’s health at risk. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Women in sport – Scoring for equality

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, July 13, 2015 (IPS) - The Women’s World Cup has shown people everywhere what women athletes are all about: skill, strength, unity and determination. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the winners — the team from the United States — and to all others who participated. You are inspiring millions of women and girls around the world to pursue their goals and dreams. Comment.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kooks think White House is winnable

Viewpoints: Although we remain adamant, in this space, that the less said about one Donald Trump the better, it should be more than a bit bothersome to the bulk of the national electorate that it was a good news / bad news scenario that followed this racist buffoon’s entry into the Republican field of presidential nominees. Comment.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Everyone can’t simply move to the Caribbean

Brooklyn: Living life on an island with beautiful ocean views, breathtaking sunsets, rich in culture, history, food and plenty rum — that is a life envious of anyone. Whether you are of Caribbean descent or not, there is something enticing about leaving the fog and dirty beaches of our beloved New York City for that clear ocean blue found in Trinidad and Tobago or the Bahamas. Comment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Enshrining a presumption of openness

Viewpoints: The president has a new opportunity to ensure that the openness policies laid out on his first day of office do not end on his last day. On Jan. 21, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order and two presidential memoranda to usher in what he called a “new era of openness.” Comment.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stricter chemical rules good for the industry

Viewpoints: Most people probably don’t check the labels of chemical products they use, or go online to do research about how dangerous certain chemicals are. That’s understandable, but it’s also a shame, because there are a lot of scary chemicals out there. Comment.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A mission to make ‘insulting’ acceptable

Viewpoints: As he jumps into the crammed boxcar of GOP presidential hopefuls, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s handlers have evidently come up with strategy that is a flat-out head scratcher. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Identity Crisis: Navigating my roots

Haiti: I am a first generation Haitian American. I am born to two very proud Haitians who migrated to New York City in their teens in hopes of furthering their education and opportunity. Fluent speakers of Haitian Creole and French, my parents are bi-lingual while my siblings and I struggle to respond in our parent’s native tongue. Unfortunately, like many other Haitian Americans, I can understand the language far better than I can speak it. Comment.