Wednesday, April 26, 2006
WASHINGTON, USA: A frequent contributor to the pages of Caribbean Net News, Anthony L. Hall has this week published his first book, The IPINIONS Journal: 2005 Year in Review (iUniverse, Inc., 386pp), a collection of his daily musings on world affairs during 2005.
An international lawyer and syndicated columnist based in Washington, DC, Hall hails originally from the Turks and Caicos Islands and The Bahamas and many of his insightful, incisive and sometimes laugh-out-loud-witty commentaries provide a unique Caribbean perspective to today's important events and issues.
This selection from 2005, written with Hall's customary clarity of thought and expression, and piercing humor, represents a valuable and entertaining look back at some of last year's more noteworthy topics.
The events straddle the globe, starting in February with alarm over further sabre rattling in the Middle-East by the administration of President George W Bush, and ending in December with a spirited call for protests against the number of political dissidents still detained as prisoners in many parts of the world by leaders who pay lip service to democracy.
In between, Hall tackles subjects such as the worsening relations between the US and Latin American governments as left-leaning and fiercely independent Presidents are elected in democratic processes; the troubling revelation that President Bush authorized tapping of communications by US citizens; and condemnation of African leaders who, as he puts it, “feel entitled to abuse their subjects with impunity just as the British did during their colonial rule”.