Sometimes, depending on interpretation of the audience, a cleverly constructed lie can work miracles for the liar.

But photographs are capable of transmitting thousands more words—all truthful. As in the case of the history-making assault on Capitol Hill, Washington, last week, the photographs will forever cancel out the claims of innocence.

In 2020, one photograph of a white policeman kneeling on the neck of a black man under arrest spawned historical feedback. It transfixed and rewrote black world history.

Same effect with the riveting photographs of the infamous assault on the Trump-inspired version of American political entitlement.

Each photograph is a stab to the heart conscience. They give new meaning to understanding right from wrong. Each photo is an opportunity to view and condemn ignorance in all its manifestations.

The circulating photos have besmirched the reputation of not just a political party, but a nation.

The new lie in circulation, that the rioting in Washington was done by Antifa, is an untruth that will give Antifa stronger life. Check online for who or what is Antifa, and the truth of the photos will have spawned thousands more words to widen the imagination of all readers.

Lynette Joseph

Diego Martin

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But Sekon Sta (Nesta Boxill) is smarter than all of those who are belatedly rushing into the headlines. In the words of Sparrow, “Ah wish I coulda go and shake he han”. I might invite him to change his name to First Sta, in recognition of being the first to re-jig a Carnival product for pandemic times.

The judgment delivered by Justice Frank Seepersad on Wednesday in favour of this newspaper, its editor-in-chief and publishing company underscores the urgent need for strengthening legislative protection of press freedom and journalistic sources.

Tribalism has dominated the politics of Trinidad and Tobago since self-government, with our two major political parties having their support bases in the two major races in the country.

Last Thursday, in his response to a letter written by 23 Afro-Trinbagonians about the placement of black pupils in our secondary schools, Kamal Persad, coordinator of the Indian Review Committee, responded: “It is clear the under-performance of Afro-children in the education system is still at the top of the black agenda. Accordingly, these 23 persons of African descent adopted an unmistakable black race position.” (Express, January 14).

The urgency with which this nation must address the issues that threaten to throw us back into the Stone Age cannot be over-emphasised.

We were already in deep trouble when Covid-19 struck with pandemic force in early 2020, sending us reeling from blows to the body, the mind, even the spirit. The energy and petrochemicals sectors faced grim circumstances, the availability of natural gas, the key feedstock of the latter’s operations, being of grave concern, and the markets for their products saturated and dampened.

Some say that in our diversification thrust we should choose distribution and sales of products/services made by others, as opposed to manufacturing. The justification for this is that such companies are among the highest earners in the world, and that Trinidad and Tobago is too small to compete globally in manufacturing.