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· April, 2013

Stories about Caribbean from April, 2013

Open Letter to Blogger Yoani Sánchez

Journalist and Global Voices author, Leila Nachawati, writes an open letter [es] to Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, who has been touring the United States, Latin America and Europe talking about Cuban...

To Cut or Not To Cut College Subsidies in the Bahamas?

Education, democracy and societal priorities are being called into question as Bahamian bloggers address the government's recent decision to reduce the subsidy it provides to the College of The Bahamas.

Haiti: “Better Prisons, Fewer Prisoners”

Haiti does not need more prisons, it needs better prisons and fewer prisoners. Haiti Chery provides some interesting statistics which support his view.

Public Trust Wiped Away; Jamaicans at Risk from Tainted Toilet Paper

The poop has been hitting the proverbial fan in Jamaica recently over the sale of substandard toilet paper that has allegedly caused a slew of rashes and vaginal infections.

Chronicler of Saint Lucian History Remembered

Historian and conservationist Robert Devaux was laid to rest this week, having passed away on the morning of April 16th 2013, after a battle with cancer. St. Lucian netizens have...

Trinidad & Tobago: Jack Fell Down and Broke His Crown

Years of accusations against former FIFA Vice-President turned Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of National Security, Jack Warner, came to a head yesterday as the country's Prime Minister accepted his resignation...

Barbados: The Economy & Crime

This is not the Bimshire I moved to six years ago…there was no gun culture. The problem is still one we could control if we had leadership who put resources...

The Future of a Community Library in Puerto Rico is Threatened

Library users were saddened to learn that this local institution would be closed until further notice because of insufficient funds to repair its damaged roof. The Library is exploring sources...

Monsanto Nominated for Puerto Rico's Agricultural Hall of Fame

As soon as the non-profit organization Acción y Reforma Agrícola announced that it nominated the agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto to the Hall of Fame of Puerto Rican Agriculture, many grassroots...

A ‘Good Food Revolution’ in Trinidad & Tobago

Saying no to bad food will benefit the economy and the happiness index of the country. aka_lol explains.

Young Haitian-Dominicans Demand Their Right to a Legal Identity

Around 50 Dominican youth of Haitian ancestry marched towards the National Palace demanding the return of their documents and, as such, their Dominican nationality, taken away arbitrarily through an administrative...

Urban Art Festival Highlights Neighborhood in Puerto Rico

After the 4th annual urban art festival of "Santurce es Ley" in Santurce, Ángel Carrión strolls down the Calle Cerra, a street now converted into the mural mecca of Puerto...

Trinidad & Tobago: Caribbean Digital Expo, V2.0

This was an event for people in the private and public sector tasked with making sense of fast moving changes in the digital realm. BitDepth reports on the second Caribbean...

Guyana: Smelly City

A canal in the capital smells so rancid “it can kill a nation”. Guyana-Gyal smelled it and lived to tell the tale.

Who Owns St. Lucia's Beaches…Citizens or Celebrities?

St. Lucians can usually visit any beach they choose, but thanks to a recent celebrity wedding, the beach surrounding a local resort was deemed off limits, raising longstanding questions about...

Air Show Ends in Tragedy in the Dominican Republic

An aircraft from the Dominican Air Force crashed into the open sea during the Caribbean Air Show while it was performing an acrobatic stunt. The two pilots manning the aircraft...

Racism Remarks in the NYT Land Cuban Intellectual in Trouble

Author Roberto Zurbano's tough talk on racism in Cuba published in The New York Times apparently cost him is job as editor at a publishing house and generated a heated...

Haiti: CARICOM Should Speak Up

Appalled by the “legal immunity” that the United Nations appears to have in the country's cholera epidemic, Kevin Edmonds says that it's high time Caribbean leaders speak up for Haiti.

Bahamas: Limericks for Thatcher

She has to be admired for her ability to transform her country…as a middle-class woman in the conservative party. But I remember apartheid, and…how she almost destroyed the British university...

Jamaica: Folklorist Olive Lewin Dies

Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp notes the passing of Jamaican folklorist and author, Dr. Olive Lewin.

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Janine Mendes Franco is the Caribbean editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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