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Flora Thomas

I'm an aspiring writer and citizen of the world – definitely a believer in peace, friendship and the power of words.

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19 July 2019

Former news anchor threatened for speaking out on crime in Trinidad and Tobago

Tired of the spiralling crime in her community, former national news anchor Coleen Holder continues to speak out, despite death threats against her.

8 April 2019

Unexplained Wealth Bill in Trinidad & Tobago ruffles some feathers

As a bill targeting "unexplained wealth" is debated in parliament, misinformation abounds and people start playing politics.

18 March 2019

Caribbean Airlines doesn't fly Boeing's 737 MAX, but travellers are still asking questions

The aircraft's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) has a sensor designed to detect when the plane stalls, and automatically pushes the nose down to get airflow back over the wing.

20 January 2019

Tobago's tourism industry faces setback as Sandals hotel chain walks away from a deal

Talks broke down on a major deal for a Sandals resort in Tobago. Environmentalists see it as a win, but tourism has to swallow its disappointment and press on.

6 December 2018

Major drug bust highlights the no-nonsense style of Trinidad & Tobago's top cop

"As much as we may wish it to be otherwise, Gary Griffith is not the answer to our prayers but the symptom of our failure."

1 February 2018

After a Top Model is Sent to a Mental Hospital, Vincentians Fear Politics and Patriarchy Are in Play

"If Yugge doesn’t have access to justice, what makes us think that any of us are protected?"

Exclusion and Judgement Won't Solve Crime in Trinidad & Tobago

"Individualism, selfishness and greed are not traits exclusive to our poster boys for crime. For many of us, unless there is transgression into our immediate space, we [aren't concerned]."

20 December 2017

Is Trinidad & Tobago ‘Vindicating’ Perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence?

"How to vindicate a murder: Give it a child. Call its dead mother a monster for being cold and selfish enough to ask Justice to restrain a man..."

9 December 2017

Transgender Woman's Murder in Trinidad & Tobago Highlights Ostracism Faced by LGBTQ Community

"This wonderful human being, who cared so much for others, died for no reason .. other than perhaps, being different."

22 September 2017

Criticism of Trinidad & Tobago's State Enterprise System Follows Fraud Allegation Against Oil Supplier

"The State enterprise system is the vehicle by which the unholy facilitations are carried out [...] It has been destructive of honesty, accountability and transparency."

1 September 2017

Public Trust in Justice Takes Another Knock With Arrest of Former Trinidad & Tobago Attorney General

"We caution members of the public to reserve comment until after a court of law has pronounced."

19 July 2017

Is the Legalisation of Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago an ‘Idea Whose Time Has Come'?

"The only ones benefiting from keeping marijuana illegal are the drug gangs and they will be forced out of business by legitimate dealers..."

11 July 2017

CNN Show ‘Parts Unknown’ Holds Up a Mirror to Trinidad & Tobago’s Social Divisions

"Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind us that we have more in common than we think."

3 July 2017

The Brief Contentious Ministership of Trinidad & Tobago’s Marlene McDonald

"#ThingsLongerThanMarleneWuk the continued acceptance of sub-par governance from both parties"

7 June 2017

Trinidadian Muslim Woman Sets the Record Straight After Men Hijack a Conversation on the Hijab

"Clearly, Muslim women—hijabis or not—can think for themselves."

24 May 2017

Trinidad & Tobago Ministers Rack Up Big Bills—and Social Media Outrage

Trinidad and Tobago netizens are tired of public officials wantonly spending taxpayers' money, especially in a sluggish economy.

17 May 2017

Political Bad-Mouthing in Trinidad and Tobago Sullies Opening of Stadium Named for Cricketer Brian Lara

Politics and sport may be inextricably linked, as evidenced by the online commentary following the opening of the Brian Lara Stadium in south Trinidad.

25 April 2017

Port of Spain Explores Spaces for Public Art After Controversial Crackdown

Might online support for a small Trinidadian artist be the spark that finally creates sustainable display spaces for public art in the capital city?

11 April 2017

Are Trinidad & Tobago Police Actively Investigating the President's Housing Allowance Like They Said They Would?

One netizen asks if there's a link between the country's top cop and the president, whether the police began their promised investigation and if so, can its findings be trusted?

18 March 2017

A Young Policewoman's Murder Leaves Trinidad & Tobago With More Questions Than Answers

"Should we march as if we have never marched before? Write to the newspapers? Pray? I do not have any of the answers, but I fear far worse."

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