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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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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."

23 January 2017

Inspired by Trump's Counsellor, Trinidad & Tobago Social Media Users Start Whipping Out ‘Alternative Facts’

"Ringling Brothers closed down in anticipation of the competition from the American government. #alternativefacts"

23 November 2016

After Officers Kill 15-Year-Old “Known Pest”, Trindadians Take Aim at Police Tactics

"I am not saying either was right or wrong but excuse me if I DON'T take the word of the esteemed members of the T&T Police Service as gospel!!"

16 November 2016

#NotMyPrince Hashtag Uses Prince Harry's Upcoming Caribbean Visit to Resist ‘Colonisation of the Mind’

"Why is it necessary for the Crown to have any symbolic, ceremonial or constitutional role in the 21st century Caribbean?"

25 October 2016

In Trinidad & Tobago, Video of Shooting Aftermath Doesn’t Boost Public Trust in the Police

"This has nothing to do with what happened before [...] or what led to his shooting. This has to do with what passes for police procedure in this place."

19 October 2016

A Social Media About-Face in Trinidad & Tobago Highlights the Complexity of Domestic Violence

"The fact that she’s decided to return to that relationship […] means she can be seduced by affection and scared of retribution, like all human beings."

6 October 2016

Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister Tells Citizens ‘You Better Begin to Be Weaned Off the Government’

Trinidad and Tobago citizens took grave offense at being told to wean themselves off government support—but could the prime minister's statements about "doing things differently" have been misinterpreted?

20 July 2016

The Murder of Trinidad's Notorious ‘Robocop’ Leaves the Country Worried About What’s Next

As some in Trinidad and Tobago plead to "stop the killing", others wonder whether they should brace themselves for more violence after the murder of an alleged crime lord.

1 July 2016

Massive Nude Photo Leak Raises Issue of Online Protection Laws in Trinidad & Tobago

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Police suspect the leak is part of an online pornography ring, and that some of the photographs are being sold.

30 January 2016

Crime in Trinidad & Tobago Brings Out Netizens’ Racial Prejudices

Are racial stereotypes so ingrained in Trinidad and Tobago that some think criminals can only be of one ethnic denomination? A dramatic robbery in Port of Spain proves that #CrimeHasNoEthnicity.

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