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Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

No one is indispensable in a democracy

Viewpoints: SAN JOSÉ, Sept. 20, 2016 (IPS) - I have put a great deal of thought into whether or not to return to politics. Groups from different political parties, and without party affiliation, have expressed their concern over the current situation in the country and have offered me their support. And the opinion polls indicate that I would have a chance at a third presidential term. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

First: Debate Democracy

Viewpoints: Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Vincentians should come out and play mas

Arts & Theater: To The Editor: I read the article headlined “Vincentians jump for education” by Nelson A. King in your newspaper and I chuckled a little bit. Why? Because I hear and and have heard for 46 years the same lofty wishing and hoping by Vincentians in USA about the presence of a Vincy band on the parkway. It’s all empty wishing and hoping. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Grenada’s PM condems Coach Simmons’ firing

Grenada: Disappointingly once again, and to the detriment of West Indies cricket, I have noted the bizarre action of the West Indies Cricket Board to fire coach Phillip Simmons, just over a year and a half after his initial appointment, and just two days before the team leaves the region on a tough assignment. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Their campaign downplays the factual

Viewpoints: During his time engaged in trying to get the better of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders clipped in response to one of the assigned reporters, “Could we please forget the stupid emails and concentrate on the issues?” Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Canceling J’Ouvert celebration isn’t the answer

Viewpoints: As we still mourn the deaths of 17-year-old Tyreke Borel and 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau who were shot and killed last week during J’Ouvert, the early morning celebration that precedes the West Indian Day Carnival in Brooklyn, N.Y., many have used the tragic events to hold fast to uninformed positions in regards to the future of the event. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

J’Ouvert, gun violence, and the need to heal

Viewpoints: As the father of two young children I cannot fathom the heartbreak I would feel if I lost either of them to gun violence, but on Monday morning two families went through that very situation. Comment

Africa may become the next China

Africa: Traditionally, Africans remained offline and uninvolved in the digital world. This has made it virtually impossible for many companies to directly communicate with African markets. Consequently, companies have avoided the continent altogether. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Unlocking the potential of minority-owned business

Viewpoints: African-American-owned businesses are the backbone of their communities, major contributors to our growing economy, and sources of innovation and thought leadership — not just in their industries but throughout our society. They also provide economic opportunity and stability to struggling minority communities. The problem is there are simply not enough of them. Comment

Taking care of our caregivers

Viewpoints: To the Editor: Last week, Mayor de Blasio signed into law two bills that take important strides toward supporting both paid caregivers and unpaid family caregivers in an aging New York City. Comment

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

Worker ownership can be a pathway to prosperity

Viewpoints: Labor Day is a time for us to celebrate the workers who make our economy grow — the people without whom businesses could not survive and thrive. Comment

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

About standing tall against bigotry

Viewpoints: Given that there was no shortage of Republican voices screaming that they had blown it big time in their selection of a candidate this year, one may have hoped for more of a sense among them of watching the flames burn. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

The UN must be at the forefront of the fight for Civic Rights

Viewpoints: BERLIN, Aug 22, 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 provides the foundation for citizens’ rights to participate in shaping their communities. Comment

Caribbean heritage is a source of great pride

Jamaica: On Jan. 22, 1967, I arrived at Kennedy Airport, to begin the journey to my new home in Brooklyn, New York. Most of my memories of that winter day have faded, but there are a few that linger: walking down the stairs from the airplane onto the tarmac; holding my brother’s hand tightly as we walked toward the lights of the TWA terminal, shivering, my face and my fingers feeling like icicles; and seeing my breath in the cold, dark night air. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

A long-standing TT protest voice

Viewpoints: Indeed, there could be precious little by way of rejection or dispute in response to the news that followed the death in Trinidad earlier this month of Makandal Daaga. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

The Jamaican gov’t has forgotten the diaspora!

Jamaica: The compelling evidence of pride displayed during the observation of Jamaica’s 54th independence in the Tri-State area was the paradigm of a people strongly rooted in their culture and history. Culminating the 54th independence also was the overwhelming and strong performance of the Jamaicans at the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Twenty-five years after Crown Heights Riots

Viewpoints: Twenty-five years ago, I watched as the streets of Crown Heights erupted in unrest — cars flipped, businesses burned, rocks thrown, and voices raised in anger following the tragic deaths of seven-year-old Gavin Cato, hit and killed by a car, and the stabbing death of college student Yankel Rosenbaum. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

TPPA could be discarded due to US political dynamics

Viewpoints: Martin Khor is the executive director of the South Center, based in Geneva PENANG, Aug 17, 2016 (IPS) — No country was more active in pushing for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In the five years of negotiations, the United States cajoled, persuaded and pressurised its trade partners take on board its issues and positions. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Team Grenada’s feat fills our country with pride

Grenada: The Tri-island State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which is usually identified by a dot on the map has gained significant momentum and created history by having two track blazers compete in the men’s 400-meter Olympic finals on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Time to focus on what’s critical

Viewpoints: All things considered, it’s a pretty good timing sequence we have for the year’s election schedule. In one sense, it was good that the candidates were blessed with all the time they needed to get us hip as to who was who. (Come to think of it, though, there’s one joker about whom, the worst of the worst is what best appeals to him). But of greater importance, hardly ever is a general election not fully deserving of the interest we say it deserves. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

Party paramountcy

Guyana: On Feb. 8 this year, the “Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of the Late Dr Walter Rodney” was submitted to the President of Guyana, David Granger. The commissioners, Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC; Mr Seenath Jairam, SC; and Mrs Jacqueline Samuels-Browne, SC, met for two years. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

Guyana travel ban on graduates is lawless

Viewpoints: To The Editor: The recent pronouncement of the minister of finance in which he declared with the utmost pomposity that graduates who are in arrears with the University of Guyana would be prevented from travelling out of the country until they had settled the debt, must strike all right-minded people as an appalling act of idiocy and lawlessness. Comment

Sunday, July 31, 2016

US gov’t report exposes exaggerated TPPA growth claims

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 28, 2016 (IPS) - A US government agency acknowledges that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not deliver many economic benefits promised by its cheerleaders. Comment

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Redefining racism by reviewing Jeffersonian Democracy

Viewpoints: As America celebrated 240-years of “democracy” on July 4, 2016, the longstanding tradition of hero-worshiping Thomas Jefferson continued. Meanwhile, as the slaughter of Black people continues in parallel tradition, America tends to disassociate the 18th-century racism and violence of its founders from 21st-century racism and violence of its followers. Comment

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

One cheer for Mr Trump

Viewpoints: Donald Trump possesses, to use the phrase of Ernest Hemingway, “a built-in bull**** detector”. His identification of America’s woes, chronic problems, is spot on. Uncannily correct. But His diagnosis and solutions to these critical problems are invariably wrong, off the mark. Here are seven such cases. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

All about the Trump disaster

Viewpoints: The very idea of there being a Donald Trump model that is head and shoulders over the best for which America is capable, is laughable beyond belief. Let’s begin with the idea of Trump being the best the republicans can offer. Comments (1)