Stories about Caribbean from December, 2014
Can Women Be Sexy and Hold Public Office in Jamaica?
Lisa Hanna, Jamaica's minister of youth and culture, has faced criticism for posting a photo of herself in a swimsuit and T-shirt on Instagram.
Can Trinidad & Tobago's Government Win Political Goodwill from Christmas?
As Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar traveled the country for her "Holiday Toy Drive", some netizens were concerned about her spending in light of a precarious economic future.
Will Death of Cartoonist Prompt Introduction of Better Traffic Laws in Bermuda?
A beloved Bermudian political cartoonist dies after being struck by a motorist's car while on his way to deliver his latest drawing to the newspaper where he worked. The Beach Lime blog notes that “the Corporation of Hamilton speedily acted to move the pedestrian crossing away from the roundabout, in...
This Trailblazing School in Haiti Teaches Younger Kids in Creole, Not French
French has long been the language of education in Haiti, even though few Haitians actually speak it. A national movement is now pushing for instruction in native tongue Creole.
I Have Never Known A Cuba That Wasn't Blockaded
A personal take on the rapprochement between the United States and her native land by Cuban journalist and activist Sandra Alvarez.
Some of Miami's Cuban Exiles Are Disgruntled at Obama's New Approach to Cuba
Our author, Robert Valencia, is in Miami, home to the largest community of people of Cuban descent residing outside of Cuba.
The ‘Perfect Human’ Doesn't Live in Puerto Rico (or Any Other Country)
Scientist Lior Pachter wrote a post titled "The perfect human is Puerto Rican" to underscore how absurd the obsession with genetically "improving" humans is. But some took the title literally.
Does the Caribbean Have a Rape Culture?
Is Caribbean society doing everything it can to protect women from rape? Some activists have had enough with the region's passive acceptance of a rape culture.
A First Glimpse of Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago
If you've never experienced a Caribbean Christmas - or even if you have - this peek into how Trinidad and Tobago celebrates will get you into the Christmas spirit!
Slain Photojournalist Luke Somers’ Deep Connection to Jamaica
Luke Somers, the photojournalist who was murdered by al-Qaeda in Yemen, was known and loved the world over. One Jamaican reading centre, for whom he volunteered, remembers his life.
A Little Library That's Making a Big Difference in Grenada
The unassuming Mt. Zion library in the heart of St. George's is having a positive impact on the lives and literacy of young people in Grenada.
Guyanese President Shuts Down Parliament to Avoid ‘No-Confidence’ Vote
President Donald Ramotar has prorogued the country's parliament for six months (discontinuing the body, without dissolving it), aggravating already polarized political times in Guyana.
Historic Church Building Razed in Trinidad & Tobago Is ‘Still Worth Saving’
"no understanding of culture and history... no joy and awe for the hand made building and the sweat and tears of our ancestors..."