· February, 2006

Stories about Caribbean from February, 2006

Barbados: Medical help from Cuba

  21 February 2006

Barbados Free Press questions the use of the phrase “world class Cuban medical system” in a article in the local press. In a response to that post, a reader leaves a comment asking what happened to a local eyecare facility for which funding had been received.

The silencing of Cayman Cop

  21 February 2006

Finally — a Caribbean blogging controversy. Involving a blogging policeman, a local newspaper and a witch hunt by an irate constabulary. In — of all places — the mild-mannered Cayman Islands. On February 18, popular Jamaican blogger Mad Bull, who lives in Grand Cayman, reported that the activities of two...

Jamaica: Police rap

  20 February 2006

Afflicted Yard links to an anti-crime rap song recorded by Jamaican Senior Superintendent of Police Renato Adams.

Guyana: Nu-soul and elderly love

  20 February 2006

Guyana Diaspora profiles nu-soul singer Nhojj, and Guyana-gyal muses on love and “‘bout old people, imagining how it must feel for some o’ them.”

Caribbean: Food stories

  20 February 2006

Iriepeople.com publishes a recipe for Escovitch Fish, while Can Cook Must, Cook hunts for a good roti in London and reviews a new Caribbean cookbook.

Jamaica: Sex Bus

  20 February 2006

Owen tries to get to the bottom of a press report that high school girls were caught having sex on a bus.

Trinidad & Tobago: Here comes the Son

  20 February 2006

Attillah Springer and Nicholas Laughlin are stage-side as the Peter Minshall-designed Carnival king, “Son of Saga Boy”, makes his second public appearance. caribbeanfreephoto has a Flickr photoset.

Guyana: Amerindian Bill

  17 February 2006

Indigenous matters blog The Voice of the Taino People publishes a press release issued by the Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana (APA) objecting to the passage of the Amerindian Bill 2005 in its present form. The APA alleges that the Bill promotes racial discrimination.

Bermuda: Referendum for Bermuda?

  17 February 2006

The Limey notes that South Pacific islands of Tokelau have become the latest colony to reject independence by referendum, and wonders when the pressure group “Bermudians for Referendum” will be taken seriously by the country's Premier.

Barbados: Hair history

  16 February 2006

“It never ceases to amaze me how so many people (i.e causian folks) don't have a clue regarding black hair,” says Campfyah, who traces the trajectory of her hair and its various hairstyles in recent times.

Bahamas: Healthcare system

  16 February 2006

As the Bahamas initiates a compulsory government healthcare program, Larry Smith examines the failures and successes of healthcare systems in other countries.

Trindad & Tobago: Port of Spain fire

  16 February 2006

Both Attillah Springer and Francomenz report on the fire which took place yesterday in the downtown area of Port of Spain, which Francomenz reminds us is “the capital’s second major blaze in less than a year.” “How can there be two fires on the same street in less than six...

Haiti: Spin Doctors, and the occupation of the Hotel Montana

  15 February 2006

Free Haiti fingers three US reporters — Carol J. Williams, Edward M. Gomez and Kathie Klarreich — who appear to be “spinning the facts” on the current situation in Haiti, and posts some dramatic photos of protesters swarming the pool at the Hotel Montana, where the members of the CEP...

Guyana: Truth in journalism

  15 February 2006

MediaCritic publishes a letter sent to him by a journalist disputing MediaCritic's claim that the Stabroek News was the only Guyanese media outlet to carry the “complete” story of what happened at the funeral of slain journalist Ronald Waddell. MediaCritic wonders whether the Stabroek News “has pulled a James Frey...

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