Competitive trade is a form of warfare. Since 2018 the United States and China have been engaged in a trade war. US defence strategies list China and Russia as its top concern. In regards to China, the report declares the relationship has changed from strategic cooperation to strategic competition.

The current US-dominated world order has been in place since World War II, re-enforced by the 1944 Bretton Wood Agreement and US military superiority. Whether it is the US-China trade war, Iran nuclear deal, North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons or unsuccessful attempts to have regime change in Syria and Venezuela, US power is ineffective.

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The question is: can Trinidad and Tobago and Caricom countries come out unscathed when their most important trading partner and international reserve supplier is in decline and refuses to strategically adapt?

Since the 1823 Monroe doctrine, the US has effectively categorised the Caribbean as an imperial interest of the US and all of Caricom is, historically, financially and militarily tied to the US.


WHILE there are indeed questions to be answered by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar about the claim that she alerted fired cabinet minister Marlene McDonald to her impending arrest, the equally important issue of police confidentiality needs to be addressed.

THAT contract for $485 million between the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) continues to raise profoundly disturbing questions. But it also provides an excellent opportunity to pursue the transparency and accountability that has long eluded us in Trinidad and Tobago.

IT is fundamental that citizens are entitled to understand and, if appropriate, criticise decisions made by the Government or public authorities and also to be fully informed about the involvement and role played by the key decision makers, whether Ministers or Cabinet appointees to Boards.

IF you have been following the unfolding of the Brexit dilemma in the British parliament you may have been as taken as I was by the last Speaker of the House.

I HAD no prior information that the Express had commissioned a poll on Dr Keith Rowley’s performance as Prime Minister after holding office for four years, far less that publication of the results would coincide with my return as a columnist in last week’s Sunday Express.

Generally speaking, this nation has become a mentally sick society and is decaying day by day at a fast rate. This rapid decay and rampage of crime, which has now become an epidem­ic in Trinidad and Tobago, is caused mainly by poli­ticians failing to do the right thing since our Independence.