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· May, 2014

Stories about Caribbean from May, 2014

Shooting the Messenger: Jamaica's Brendan Bain Controversy Continues

The controversy over Jamaican Professor Brendan Bain's court testimony in the Caleb Orozco case in Belize continues. Everyone's talking, but is anyone listening? A few bloggers peel away the layers.

“An Island Luminous” Makes Haiti Open Access

There's an exciting new free-access website on Haiti, which pairs rare books, manuscripts, newspapers and archival photos with intelligent commentary.

Jamaica Blog Day: Environment or Development?

Development at the expense of the environment is a hot topic as Jamaica tries to find ways to ensure economic viability...but must it be an either/or proposition?

Another “JetGate” Resignation in Bermuda

catch a fire blogs about the continuing political fallout over Bermuda's “JetGate” controversy.

Trinidad & Tobago Media Association Slams Irresponsible Statement

A statement by the Commissioner of Police suggesting that “inaccurate reporting” may have led to death threats against a local journalist, has irked the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago:...

Why the Press Needs Protection in Trinidad & Tobago

An investigative journalist testifies that his life was threatened. One Trinidad and Tobago-based blogger discusses how this troubling development challenges citizens' social contract with their democracy.

Trinidad & Tobago's World Cup Players Still Owed Money

You know it is business as usual when you see a dodgy salesman holding the purse strings. Wired868 holds no brief for the political party that will possibly form Trinidad...

Will Another Minister Be Sacked in Trinidad & Tobago?

A video has surfaced allegedly showing Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Sport rolling what many perceive to be a joint; Wired868 has a field day with the news.

Were Jamaican Professor's Statements Supportive of Anti-Homosexuality Laws?

Esteemed medical professor Brendan Bain was sacked from the University of the West Indies over court testimony in which he suggested that homosexuality can be a danger to public health.

Yoani Sánchez's New Online Magazine is Blocked in Cuba

When residents of Cuba look for the URL www.14ymedio.com, they are redirected to a site that says "Yoani$landia.com."

Cuba: The Joys of Getting Older

Cuban diaspora blog My big, fat, Cuban family shares 59 “wonderful truths” about aging.

Can Technology Transform Education in Trinidad & Tobago?

Trinidad and Tobago recently hosted Virtual Educa, an initiative designed to explore cutting-edge developments in education, technology and e-learning. A few netizens wonder if technology will actually help improve schooling.

Bermuda's Premier Hopes to Regain Public Trust

The Bajan Reporter, following the story of the Bermudian premier's resignation, is intrigued by the interim premier's prediction that the governing party will regain the electorate's trust.

Haiti: “Excalibur of the Caribbean”

Machetes are ubiquitous and versatile…in the case of Haiti, machetes were common weapons in the struggle for independence. Haiti Innovation blogs about a short film profiling a Haitian machete-fighting instructor.

Video on Murder and Corruption in Trinidad Goes Viral

Vice News produces a damning video about the level of corruption in Trinidad and Tobago, alleging that high-level players involved in international drug trafficking are driving the country's gang wars.

“JetGate” Forces Resignation of Bermuda's Premier

An alleged corruption scandal has prompted the resignation of Bermuda's premier, leaving the island in the midst of political upheaval and the ruling party with an uncertain future.

#Conservaeloso: The Campaign to Save the “Alcatraz of the Caribbean”

The space will be used to open a center for cancer treatment.

Grenada: Kick'em Jenny Study May Save Lives

Repeating Islands republishes a report about a scientific study of Kick'em Jenny, an active underwater volcano located just off the coast of Grenada.

Guyana: Remembering Walter Rodney

I wish I could wish you a good afternoon. But I believe that if I could hear souls whisper…Dr. Rodney’s soul would say that it is not a good day....

“Ban” From Barbados Central Bank Prompts Defense of Press Freedom

Barbados' Central Bank Governor attempts to strip a newspaper of its privileges, prompting a barrage of blog posts questioning his suitability to the post and supporting freedom of the press.

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


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