June 22, 2017 Jwala Rambarran 10Comment

On August 10th 2012, disaster-level flooding and landslides ravaged the Diego Martin community, causing two deaths and destroying infrastructure and property. Two weeks later, Diego Martin and other neighborhoods in northwest Trinidad were hit hard by a second round of flash flooding, after the feeder bands of Tropical Storm Isaac…

March 19, 2017 Jwala Rambarran 2Comment

Long ago, during the days of sugar, when the sun would still rise over the cane fields, the Indian elders, like my grandparents in Rio Claro, used to talk about people in the village whose hand didn’t have “barrakat”. Barrakat I learnt was an Urdu word used to describe the ability…

January 23, 2017 Jwala Rambarran 3Comment

What is Petrotrin’s fate now that it has temporarily averted a prolonged employee strike that could have crippled its operations? The titanic struggle between Petrotrin, the largest state-owned energy company, and the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), the country’s most powerful trade union, ended on the very day the strike…