Is it too late to post this? Our 9-day memory cycle kicked in already? I was thinking we should forget cricket and football and make chess our favourite game, like it is in Russia. For one thing, it will teach us to think several moves ahead. And another thing, we …Read More »
Dear Editor: St Benedict’s training ground shames its football teams and Dom Basil’s legacy
As we enter the new year, let me extend already mountainous congratulations to the St Benedict’s College senior and under-14 football teams. Theirs was an outstanding season. As a past student not that many moons ago, it is beyond heart-warming to see the fruits of the rebuilding of a once mighty and …Read More »
Gilkes: Slave Mind, Enslaved Mentality—an obscene debate over ‘my coloniser better than your coloniser’
We love to major in minors and yet, in so doing, shine lights on the majors that, the higher up the social ladder you are, the more you choose not to see. I’m talking about what everybody’s talking about. No, not the illegal US-created proxy war in Ukraine; no, not …Read More »
Question for TECU: Is credit union moving further away from its working class roots?
So Thursday was World Credit Union Day. Who exactly in this country celebrated it and what exactly was being celebrated is kinda hazy to me at this moment, what with the way the credit union movement is slowly shifting away from its moorings, the working classes. Slowly, imperceptibly, there is …Read More »
Gilkes: Keep Feeding Contempt; or imagine a better world for the ‘small man’
Interesting how fried chicken could bring to light so much issues that explain what’s wrong with our society. One chicken drumstick is all it takes to expose certain realities, all of which are integrated, interlocked and in some aspects, results of deliberate actions. For one thing, this farcical episode involving …Read More »
Gilkes: Rubbish Subran; Columbus and the colonials ‘whitewashed’ history—we’re fixing it!
It ends when there is a decolonised education system so that there is no chance of a person being miseducated by a David Subran, that’s when. His 19 June letter to the editor criticising the calls for the removal of Christopher Columbus’ statue was a shameless genuflecting to the west’s …Read More »
Dear Spanish envoy: Tell us where you put your Franco statues; and then mind your business!
To the Spanish envoy, from a citizen of this country, kindly shut up, sit down and keep out of this. Go process some document or something, this is no concern of yours. And may I point out to you and the few local lackeys who are either as ignorant as …Read More »
Gilkes: Where denial meets ignorance; and where you can stuff ‘all lives matter’
Dem old people and dem does say: ‘when yuh neighbour house on fire, wet yuh own’. So I trying to wet mine, with this open rant to Lasana Liburd and my not-so-secret crush Dr Sheila Rampersad. Because we Trinis doh learn, we doh like to connect things and we love to live …Read More »
Gilkes: Thank god Raffique was a dreamer; Commissioner missed the 1970 elephant—clean
The letter penned by the Commissioner of Police condemning the valorising of the army mutineers of 1970 brought to the surface several important issues. One such issue is the fact that, even in tiny countries like this one, it is entirely possible to live in an insulated space with little …Read More »
Gilkes: Youth don’t need approval to be agitators, kudos to that outspoken CIC student
At a post-budget discussion this week, a St Mary’s College student chided a panel of present and former government officials, including Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte and Public Administration Minister Allyson, for how they handle youth issues. In the following guest column, Corey Gilkes comments on the public debate …Read More »
Gilkes: Post-colonial or decolonial? How tired racist standards persist in T&T
Wha allyuh vex with St Stephen’s College for? I give them right, full marks for their stance. Was it backward and discriminatory? Yeah. Was it disrespectful and, frankly, based on old racist ideas of beauty, comportment and respectability? Of course, duh. They no doubt would justify it on the grounds …Read More »
Gilkes: Deconstructing religion; Zionism, US/European exceptionalism and the rest of us
Back in the mid-80s, when I was in Form 3 or 4 at St Benedict’s College, a film was shown about the Rapture—an event in which the ‘righteous’ would suddenly be swept up into the clouds to be with Jesus and away from the horrific tribulations that would befall everyone …Read More »