Bandwagon || This ain’t for no Fvck Trini, if you a real Trini then fvck with this

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Trinidad Jame$ came on the scene by complete surprise for most people, an ATL rapper moving from Trinidad and Tobago, to New York then Atlanta. Complex magazine on a “Top ten Atlanta artists to look out for” says: If you set foot in the right spots, you’ll either hear Trinidad James music playing or run into him outside. His originality could lead to him being the first rapper in a while that can appeal to and possibly bridge the many “underground” circles in Atlanta with the listeners who enjoys mainstream radio and the Black Hollywood clubs. Always known for being “witty” when he was growing up, Jame$ was always known for his way with words, admittingly saying that he was only rapping a couple years now, and the mixtape was suppose to be a one time thing. This fashion retailer turned artiste’s mixtape “Don’t Be S.A.F.E (Sensitive As Fvck Everyday)” created a buzz off the single “All Gold Everything” which was not only catchy but had everybody in a frenzy by the style he portrayed. Some people alluded a resemblance to the ATL artiste out of the Goodie Mob “Big Gipp” and even calypsonian  “Sugar Aloes” for his gold “swag”. But what caught most people off guard, may simply be the fact that Trinidad Jame$, represents Trinidad. Following in the steps of Nicki Minaj a Brooklyn, New York based rapper also hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, many saw Jame$ as a cheap thrill, trying to cop Ambassador status for the country like The People’s Partnership government did for Nicki (but that’s beside the point). Always seen with a Red, White & Black (the national colours of Trinidad and Tobago) bandanna adorned around his neck more so from his All Gold video, locals echoed sentiments like:

“Trinis rage against James but,
So accepting of the Barbie Doll????

Shame”

Or even

“ah hear he couldn’t figure out where he was from.. one min he cant remember then the next min he family living in the same place since he was small and where he grow up lol”

And

“hahahaha
Those cats are retards.That dude is part Trini or something though”

However after his music has been able to get airplay on Trinidad and Tobago’s radio stations, after soca artiste Machel Montano HD, brought him for his “Machel Monday” concert where he rocked the National stadium with a soca remix to All Gold Everything the hecklers stopped referring to him as the shame of a nation to actually being better than Nicki Minaj? Where’d all this love come from suddenly? All you could hear was that he was a one hit wonder, who had a lucky break, “Def Jam signed him? really?” most people don’t even know he has a mixtape, or more than one song out. Trini radio listener the ask for the song “side chick” to be played, the song of course is none other than “Females Welcomed” his second single (which i thought would’ve been “$outh$ide“), shooting the video, is none other than experienced and legend Jonathan Mannion, if you guys don’t know who he is then you aren’t a real fan of hip-hop/rap, the mere fact that he was the one behind the lens directing speaks wonders to just “how far” Jame$ has come. The video displays parts of our culture in Trinidad with Miss World 2013 contestant Athaliah Samuel (who was also a receiver of many displeasing comments when she was vying for the title, but only had support when she made it in the end) adorned in gold outfits and costumes jab jabs and the ever popular music trucks you can see around Carnival time. Now back to the statement at hand here, all this “Love” for Jame$ can be seen as a regular thing in Trinidad and Tobago, where we criticize everything for its face value, then only begin to realize what its true worth is when and only when we receive something. I simply have one thing to say to that, and that is Don’t be S.A.F.E

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Remembering Fulgencio Batista||Militarism as a tool of Control

Once President of Cuba, then Dictator

Once President of Cuba, then Dictator

Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar (January 16, 1901 – August 6, 1973) was the elected President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944 and dictator from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown as a result of the Cuban Revolution…. Fulgencio Batista has been able to show that militarism is a means of power, by appointing himself with the rank colonel of the armed forces he was able to maintain a puppet control of the Cuban Presidency by this example of corrupt power and as John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902) says, “Power corrupts; Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely”. Simply stating what similarities are shown in our present times.

Minister of National Security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Minister of National Security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

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Democracy/Quasi-Military State….

Plans announced recently by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and National Security Minister Jack Warner to give similar powers to the Defence Force as those of police officers are set to go a step further today.

Legislation to give members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) authority to function and perform the duties of a police officer will be laid in the Parliament today.

Concerned about the horrifying murders and the apparent spike in the murder rate, Persad-Bissessar, on February 22, summoned heads of the Police Service and Defence Force to a meeting at her Parliament office to discuss the crime situation and proposals aimed at addressing it.

After an “intense” meeting, Persad-Bissessar had announced the team had agreed to “increase the visibility” of the joint patrols and road blocks immediately.

In an Express report on February 15, Warner had promised the legislation would have been brought to Parliament within 60 days.

The murder toll now stands at 79 for the year.

A release from the Attorney General’s office last night stated Cabinet yesterday approved and confirmed a note brought by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to give effect to this.

The release stated the proposed bill will give legal protection to Defence Force personnel when they accompany police officers to assist in the detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offences.

“They will enjoy the same rights, privileges and immunities as police officers. They will have the same powers as police officers, including power to arrest, search, seize and to carry arms,” stated the release.

Government, stated the release, will ensure Defence Force personnel would be trained in areas such as police practice and procedure, investigations, law and court process to ensure they are properly equipped to undertake their duties along side police officers.

The release stated further that. Government has ensured that while members of the TTDF are to be placed on an equal legal footing and benefit from the same powers that police officers enjoy while actually engaging in operations with the police, they will not be permitted to embark on policing exercises on their own.

“In so doing members of the TTDF would be afforded the necessary protection in carrying out functions with the TTPS (Trinidad and Tobago Police Service),” stated the release.

The release noted that at present TTDF members enjoy no powers of arrest other than those possessed by ordinary citizens.

According to the release, the use of the Defence Force in the fight against crime is not new as soldiers have been accompanying police officers on raids and joint patrols during the last decade.

“Under the previous administration, soldiers were also drafted into SAUTT to assist the police in the detection and investigation of serious crimes,” stated the release.

The legislative measure, the release added, will augment and increase the capacity of the Police Service and house such an initiative in a proper legislative footing.

“It can lead to an immediate boost and increase in the strength of the TTPS. It would also provide comfort and relief to members of the TTDF who have been involved in the fight against crime by ensuring that they are adequately protected in the performance of their duties.

“The TTDF will, no doubt, exercise these additional powers with the discipline, maturity and responsibility that has thus far characterised their involvement in the fight against crime by way of assisting and complementing the TTPS,” stated the release.

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