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· February, 2015

Stories about Caribbean from February, 2015

27 February 2015

Oil and Water Don't Mix—Except in Trinidad

Residents noticed a strong smell of oil coming from their taps - but why was was the water supply still operational if authorities could not contain the threat?

26 February 2015

Caribbean Law Students Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

"We believed the subject of human trafficking had not received the level of public appreciation which it deserved and it was our duty to bring awareness to it."

25 February 2015

Trinidad & Tobago Has ‘Carnival Mentality’. Is That Necessarily a Bad Thing?

Carnival mentality refers to the carefree attitude on display at Trinidad and Tobago's biggest party. Some argue the term should represent industriousness -- Carnival takes a lot of work.

23 February 2015

Trinidad & Tobago Law Students Create Anti-Bullying Campaign

Student attorneys from various parts of the Caribbean come together to help eradicate bullying in schools, which they regard as a human rights issue.

21 February 2015

The Politics of ‘Wining’ in Trinidad & Tobago

Did a candidate for prime-minister just 'wine' on a female reveller at the carnival? This political scandal is a potent cocktail of sex, race and patriarchy.

20 February 2015

The Colourful Sights and Sounds of Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

In this photo post, take a look at all the amazing aspects of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2015 - from traditional characters to the ever-popular "pretty mas'".

19 February 2015

Cuban LGBT Activist Takes On Conservative ‘Family Code’

An article published in the state newspaper Granma has fueled a debate about the obsolescence of the Cuban Family Code.

Poor TV Coverage Makes Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Lovers Feel They Missed Out

Are the organisations charged with stewardship of the national festival sacrificing it to the almighty dollar? Broadcasters claim their sub-par coverage was due to their restrictions.

18 February 2015

Cuba Announces New IT Policy and Does Not Mention Internet Access

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT use and access is one of the talking points in the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States.

12 February 2015

The Honest, Controversial Profile of a Cuban Nurse Who Died Abroad

The article about Reynaldo Villafranca, who died of malaria, offered a human take on Cuban medical internationalism beyond the official narrative of heroism. Such honesty didn't sit well with everyone.

11 February 2015

The Caribbean Is Stuck in a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mindset

A couple of recent cases reveal that one of the most disturbing aspects of the region's complicated relationship with sex and gender is alive and well.

9 February 2015

Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?

Global Voices Advocacy

Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.

4 February 2015

US-Cuba Policy Experts Discuss ‘Deep Differences’ on Human Rights

The debate on human rights in Cuba implies a thorough review of the model of democracy in this country.

Trinidad & Tobago's ‘Pass-the-Buck’ Politics

Her attorney general faces obstruction-of-justice charges, but the prime minister has laid the blame for her government's woes elsewhere.

Natural Hair Gets Barbados School in a Twist

It's nothing new, but netizens cannot understand why natural black hairstyles are deemed so offensive to authority figures in the Caribbean. Could race, rank and personal grooming be so intertwined?

1 February 2015

Witness Tampering Allegations Against Trinidad & Tobago’s Attorney General Silence the Nation

There has been almost nothing on Twitter and Facebook about the situation. It's almost as if people are thinking twice about exchanging views publicly.

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