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· January, 2017

Stories about Caribbean from January, 2017

The Executive Order on Immigration Wants You To Think Gaining Legal Entry to the US Is Easy

In reality, it's damned hard.

Better Late Than Never? Trinidad & Tobago Wins 2008 Olympic Gold After Jamaican Athlete Found Guilty of Doping

"It started off as a sprint but ended up as a marathon."

Could Trump Solve Trinidad & Tobago's US Tax Law Stalemate? The Opposition Leader Seems to Hope So.

When Trinidad and Tobago's opposition was in government, it introduced the FATCA bill in parliament; ever since, it has been sidestepping passing the legislation. Enter a letter to Donald Trump.

Puerto Rico Celebrates Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera's Release

San Juan major Carmen Yulín announced that the city will be preparing a special event for his arrival in May.

Inspired by Trump's Counsellor, Trinidad & Tobago Social Media Users Start Whipping Out ‘Alternative Facts’

"Ringling Brothers closed down in anticipation of the competition from the American government. #alternativefacts"

With One More Vote, Trinidad and Tobago Could Ban Child Marriage

Child marriage will likely soon be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, but the country's new legislation isn't likely to end the controversy surrounding the practice.

Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rico's Longest-Serving Political Prisoner, Has Sentence Commuted by President Obama

His release will not be immediate, however.

Writing to ‘Dismantle the Silence’ Surrounding Sexual Exploitation of Poor Young Women in Jamaica

"...for the first time, Jamaican women see their stories of sexual assault and questions of self-worth being tackled on the page without it demonizing them or portraying them as caricatures."

Trinidad & Tobago's First Female Murder for 2017 Is a Schoolgirl, Deepening Fears About Gender-Based Violence

"I don't know what worries me more, the unending spate of violent crime fed by an abysmal detection rate or the lack of ideas by law enforcement and government..."

Trinidad & Tobago Moves to End Child Marriage, Despite Religious Opposition

"This is not a matter of cultural relativism. It is a matter of cruel criminal behaviour."

Revelation Blows a Hole in Trinidad & Tobago President’s Explanation of Controversial Housing Allowance

"What the president did was remain in housing that was beneath his standards and put the money in his pocket."

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