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Sacred Wrongs, Human Rights

IN THE WEEK of the 26th anniversary of Trinidad’s bloody botched Islamist coup attempt and in the wake of that holy Islamist Bastille Day mowing-down of children by the Dump Truck of God, it’s deeply refreshing to see a Trinidadian court, even if only a common or garden one, order a security company to pay a pile of money to a former guard, who was sacked for wearing a sack: after her conversion to Islam, she put on hijab instead of uniform headwear.

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Mick Firetrucker

IT WAS A GOOD week for the bizarre. The expected birth of Rolling Stones’ frontman, 72-year-old Mick Jagger’s eighth child (with his fifth child-mother, a 29-year-old ballerina) was announced just days before Melania Trump delivered what might have been her maiden speech to the Republican National Convention as wannabe First Lady, had the same speech not been first made by a real First Lady eight years before

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Manning Overboard

YOU OUGHT TO know your position is indefensible if Sat Maharaj is correct to oppose you. The apparent leader-for-life – one hesitates to call him the Trini Raj – of the (colloquially) Maha Sabha, Trinidad’s dominant Hindu organisation, on Wednesday launched what Shaliza Hassanali’s Guardian story yesterday called “an extraordinary verbal attack” on former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, branding him a racist in “a harsh assessment totally out of step with laudatory ones heaped on Manning in the week between his death and his burial”.

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