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· June, 2014

Stories about Caribbean from June, 2014

Google's Eric Schmidt Makes a Surprise Visit to Cuba to Promote Internet Freedom

If the US wants change, it should empower Cubans with smartphones, encourage freedom of expression and give them information tools, Schmidt said.

A Kissing Sit-In and An Open Letter for LGBT Rights in Cuba

The second "Kiss Sit-In for Diversity and Equality" in Havana takes place this year during challenging moments for the LGBT community on the Island.

The Lights and the Shadows of the New Cuban Labor Code

The new Labor Code in Cuba has sparked controversy because it excludes important protections in the workplace for certain marginalized communities, such as transsexual people.

It's Official: Puerto Rico's First Openly Lesbian Judge Has Been Appointed to the Supreme Court

While some deny that her sexual orientation is relevant, others insist that it plays a fundamental role in what she can bring to the table.

Trinidad and Tobago Parliament Asks Itself For Pay Raise, Says Yes

When two controversial bills are passed swiftly and unanimously by a country’s parliament, the alarm bells go off. The passage, on June 13, 2014, of amendments to two parliamentary acts...

Trinidad & Tobago: Secrets of the CL Financial Bailout?

The public is being told that the CL Financial bailout is being resolved, while at the same time the Minister of Finance & the Economy is withholding the fundamental information...

How a Protest to Reinstate a University Professor Relaunched Jamaica's Gay Rights Debate

Jamaica's moral compass is on overdrive ever since the dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain. The controversy continues to fuel the debate over gay rights in an infamously homophobic country.

Trinidad & Tobago: Give Suarez a Menu

It is irrefutable now. Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez either needs a psychologist or a new dietician. Thank heavens Uruguay was not playing Chile. Wired868 sinks its teeth into...

Trinidad & Tobago: Can Brazil Win the 2014 FIFA World Cup?

Backing Brazil to win the FIFA World Cup? Trinidadian travel blogger Rishi Sankar explains why you shouldn't count on the host country taking home the trophy.

Informal WiFi Networks Have Been Dismantled in Havana

The networks are primarily used to play games, share TV shows, series, and movies.

The Problem of Bullying in Cuba

Abuse at school is an issue that is rarely discussed in the national media, but it affects hundreds, even thousands, of students across the country. Generacion Y blogs about bullying...

The Debate on Internet Access in Cuba Intensifies

Cubans are increasingly asking for cheaper and broader access to the Internet.

Jamaica: Beauty & the Beast

The issue is that there is an idea in Jamaica of who is beautiful and who isn’t…that this idea of beauty is, to a large extent, a racially constructed one....

Jamaica: The Colours of the FIFA World Cup

Active Voice posts a compilation of tweets about the FIFA World Cup in which “race, religion, colour, ethnicity, nationality, all came in for comment”.

“We are Leaderless” in Cuba

In an emotional post by Rafael González, author of the blog El Microwave, he questions: Are any of us willing to sacrifice time, prestige, fortune and emotional stability in support...

Bermuda: Football, The British & Brazil

120 years ago, two Scots brought a football to Brazil and the rest is history, according to an article written by Breezeblog.

Barbados: No Love in the Cemetery

As a mourner discovers exposed skeletal remains and discarded bits of coffins in a local cemetery, Barbados Free Press laments “the latest indignities to buried friends and relatives”.

Footballers with Caribbean Roots at FIFA World Cup

No Caribbean nation is represented at the World Cup this year, but Repeating Islands takes note of quite a few players with regional roots.

Caribbean: Get Your App On!

ICT Pulse profiles eight “new and emerging Caribbean apps”.

Bermuda to Get Public Access to Information Law

Premier Dunkley has announced that [the] Public Access to Information law will be operational by April, 2015. That’s 5 years after the law was passed, and 12 years after the...

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