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Saturday, September 20, 2008

JAMAICA OBSERVER: Oh Caricom, my frenemy. I trusted but you did not deliver!

Franklin Johnston writing in the Jamaica Observer on the topic of Caribbean integration and touching on the Southern Caribbean's attempts at unification:
I love the Caribbean, and as a youth I spent time using a loudspeaker to promote the West Indies Federation. Today, I have a love-hate thing with Caricom. I love the hype, but it has not delivered. After 40 years we can't move freely and cheaply; we can't work and we can't bid contracts in any Caricom country as a right. I notice that Trinidad and their close neighbours are to form an Eastern Caribbean coalition. They are in the heart of Caricom, so this tells me that after 35 years, their needs are still not met. I wish them well! When you embrace neighbours and your friends cuss you, something is amiss. This is the act of a "frenemy". When your house is on fire, you don't call the friend who lives four hours away by plane. Why does Trinidad's neighbourly behaviour threaten Caricom?
The rest of the article can be found in the Jamaica Observer and has been reprinted in the Saturday Express.

Monday, September 08, 2008

On Sarah Palin... and my wishing that people wrote like this here...

I got a forward in my email today and after checking it out, realised that it really made for some good reading.

I've not asked the lady's permission to re-post her email here, so I've posted a link to a site that did below.  I must say that I wish myself that we had clear, concise and relatively impartial information like this in Trinidad and Tobago on which to judge issues... not the kind of anonymous lies, half-truths and innuendo typically trumpeted under the cover of parliamentary privilege, copy having been deposited by unknown persons in MPs' mailboxes... not the barely-believable politically-biased fluff... not convenient utterances from people looking to divert attention from their own shenanigans... just good information from relatively credible sources.

Maybe one day we'll mature enough as a people to recognize it for what it is when it did pop up and not discard it because it's not bacchanalish enough...

Full text of Anne Kilkenny's email message about Sarah Palin, Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States, is at the Huffington Post here.

Friday, September 05, 2008

SLATE: If Obama Loses...

...racism is the only reason that McCain might beat him...
You may or may not agree with Obama's policy prescriptions, but they are, by and large, serious attempts to deal with the biggest issues we face: a failing health care system, oil dependency, income stagnation, and climate change. To the rest of the world, a rejection of the promise he represents wouldn't just be an odd choice by the United States. It would be taken for what it would be: sign and symptom of a nation's historical decline.
Full commentary on the topic from Slate's Jacob Weisberg here...

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