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· February, 2009

Stories about Caribbean from February, 2009

Martinique and Guadeloupe: Vocabulary of the general strike

28 February 2009

le blog de [moi] [Fr] discusses how a new vocabulary has entered into the creoles of Guadeloupe and Martinique since the beginning of the general strike: “What was really surprising (and for me, I admit, a little unsettling) was to see how in interviews, men and woman on the street...

Jamaica: Passion

27 February 2009

Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Phlip republishes text from a lecture he gave about the importance of pursuing your passions.

Guadeloupe: Police “Blunder”?

26 February 2009

Amidst the confusion of the month-long social conflict in Guadeloupe, two nights of violence took place on February 17th and 18th. Apart from acts of arson in shops and numerous burning roadblocks, the climax of these violent clashes has been the as-yet unsolved assassination of a man. Trikess, who blogs...

Martinique: Violent clashes in Fort de France

26 February 2009

Martinican bloggers Imaniyé and Bondamanjak both note the recent degradation of the social conflict in Martinique, as clashes between the police and young people took place in the capital city of Fort-de-France, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Jamaica, Guyana: Action or Reaction?

26 February 2009

Both Active Voice [Jamaica] and Guyanese blogger C.D. Valere (writing at Baiganchoka) continue the discussion about recent attempts by the Jamaican Broadcasting Commission to “clean up” the airwaves.

Aruba: Calling the Socialists

26 February 2009

“Some Arubans are also affected because they invested in Stanford's company and are now, as we say in quaint Dutch, sitting with the baked pears”: Arubagirl examines her government's reaction to the Allen Stanford story and wonders where all the socialists have gone.

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Injunction

25 February 2009

Barbados Free Press finds it “interesting” that the Trinidad and Tobago Central Bank and the Colonial Life Insurance Company Limited (CLICO) have been granted an injunction against CL Financial.

Guyana: Mash 2009

25 February 2009

Guyana Providence Stadium posts photos from this year's Mashramani celebrations.

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Missing Carnival

24 February 2009

B.C.Pires is in “quiet Barbados” for Carnival and wonders if he can still manage to catch a flight to Trinidad: “There really is nothing like it; even in its modern, diluted, throwaway, made-in-China form…”

Martinique: On independence and French “paternalism”

21 February 2009

As the workers' movement in Martinique and Guadeloupe continues, bloggers in Martinique consider what it might mean for the overseas departments to become independent. le blog de [moi] finds the idea Martinique couldn't make it on its own offensive and paternalistic. Her readers think that one reality of being a small island country is that you are always under someone else's shadow.

Martinique: Carnival cancelled after weeks of workers’ protests

21 February 2009

le blog de [moi] discusses officials’ decision to cancel Carnival in Martinique after four weeks of workers’ protests.  She quotes Louisy Berté from the Alliance union who asks, “How can we stand against the rising cost of living and, at the same time, present an image of Martinique singing and...

Martinique: President Sarkozy

20 February 2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has finally met with elected representatives of French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Réunion, regarding the crisis which has been shaking the French West Indies for the last month. Martinican bloggers Imaniyé and blogde[moi] are dissatisfied and note that his TV address raised two questions: Why was...

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