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· July, 2017

Stories about Caribbean from July, 2017

This Jamaican Scientist's Marijuana-Based Anti-Cancer Drug Has Been Approved by the FDA

Should Dr. Lowe try to launch the drug himself if he can raise the funding? And what of the Jamaican government's role in taking the lead regarding ganja?

Puerto Rican Newspaper Cans Popular Comic Strip, Raising Concerns Over Censorship

Pepito is known for its sharp critique of the government and of elected officials in both the governments of Puerto Rico and of the United States.

Jamaica's First Woman Prime Minister Retires Amidst Praise, Criticism — and a Contentious Battle to Succeed Her

"Portia Simpson came to representational politics at the parliamentary level in 1976 when political tribalism and its ugly pickney, political violence, were on the upswing."

Arrest Over a Facebook Rant Brings Trinidad & Tobago's Cybercrime Legislation Into Sharp Focus

"Overbroad content offences are always illegitimate, but are particularly dangerous online, where many people are still in the process of discovering their voice."

Up-and-Coming Trinidadian Soca Singer Devon Matthews’ Journey Comes to an End

The 36-year-old, whose "star was on the rise", collapsed after performing at a Carnival band launch and was rushed to hospital, where he could not be revived.

Is the Legalisation of Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago an ‘Idea Whose Time Has Come'?

"The only ones benefiting from keeping marijuana illegal are the drug gangs and they will be forced out of business by legitimate dealers..."

Understanding Puerto Rico's Struggles With Washington Through Satire

Juice Media's 'Honest Government Adverts' pose a simple question: Are you ready for this much honesty?

Jamaican Dancehall Star's Instagram ‘Diss’ of Cultural Icon Sparks War of Words

"I feel like this discussion sparked by Ishawna's comment will morph into what aspects of culture/history we should/shouldn't celebrate."

After Media Revelations, Jamaicans Ask Why Their Finance Minister Cannot Manage His Phone Bill

"@AudleyShaw not a good recommendation for your Ministerial position if you cannot manage the economics of a phone."

CNN Show ‘Parts Unknown’ Holds Up a Mirror to Trinidad & Tobago’s Social Divisions

"Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind us that we have more in common than we think."

Trinidad & Tobago's Secondary School Entrance Exam: Elitist, Divisive, Irrelevant?

"An education system that rewards a few at the expense of the rest. . . is not about education at all; it's about divide and conquer."

The Brief Contentious Ministership of Trinidad & Tobago’s Marlene McDonald

"#ThingsLongerThanMarleneWuk the continued acceptance of sub-par governance from both parties"

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