Stories about Caribbean from January, 2008
“Every year it seems, the few individuals who have kept the traditions of Old Mas alive are becoming less visible”: Thebookmann features Trinidad and Tobago Carnival's Fancy Sailors.
“Trinidad is no longer the Land of the Hummingbird but the Land of the Cash Cow…in the new Trinidad Carnival, the only thing that need be considered is not the bottom in the road but the bottom line in the road”: Nicholas Laughlin quotes Trinidad and Tobago journalist B.C. Pires.
While Bajan Free Press believes “the future of Barbados is inextricably linked to the future of the Caribbean region of which we are a part”, Barbados Underground says: “We will probably import many of the social ills of T&T, Guyana and several of the other islands.”
As the Bahamian Prime Minister makes his report to the nation, Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com admits to “feeling like someone was now in charge of The Bahamas”, but adds: “If there was one disappointment for me it is that Mr. Ingraham did not mention when a Freedom of Information Act...
Thebookmann attends a traditional “Old ‘Mas” performance in Trinidad and Tobago and posts video of the well-loved Carnival character of the Dame Lorraine.
A schoolyard incident in Trinidad and Tobago makes Jumbie's Watch wonder: “How and when did society ‘tief’ our children, and their innocence? And how did we let them get away with it, without even a murmur of protest?”
“Derek Walcott's prodigious gifts, even in the face of tragedy, continue to amaze me”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp links to the Caribbean writer's eulogy of Elizabeth Hardwick.
Do! You! Know!!! Who Guyana-Gyal is?? You should…
Dan Schweissing blogs about prosperity theology in the Bahamas: “Telling someone that they are poor…because they don't have enough faith in God is the religious equivalent of telling a single mother with three kids and a full-time minimum wage job that she is poor because she's lazy and doesn't work...
Blogging from Bermuda, 21 Square is all for the introduction of a congestion tax.
Cheese-on-bread! says: “Mottley created history since she is the first female Opposition Leader in Barbados”.
“With all the shock-horror at our skyrocketing crime rate, you would never believe that the causes and progress of the country's social breakdown have been fully documented over the past 20-odd years”: Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit recommends a “back to your roots” approach to deal with crime.
Barbadian blogs are some of the most outspoken in the Caribbean, regularly taking politicians and mainstream media to task for issues such as transparency and public accountability. Are they in danger? Barbadian bloggers are talking about it...
Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Ramblings and Reason thinks World Social Forum “enables discussion of critical social issues that impact us”, but The Liming House is not convinced: “Yes, another world is possible, and another T&T is possible. But we have to come better than this.”
“I read somewhere, a butterfly flutter he wings in one country and earthquake happen in another part of the world. Reality, me dear, ain't pretty like a butterfly”: Guyana-Gyal connects the dots of the drug trade and puts a face on the people whose lives are affected.
“Bill Gates, you want to send a dozen XOs so I can set up the Caribbean's first XO mesh?!”: Steve McCabe sees potential for the One Laptop Per Child project in Dominica.
“Such obvious double speak is trite in the 21st Century. And to state that in a country that is of the ‘western liberal ilk’ is quite presumtuous”: Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com is unimpressed with the Cuban Ambassador's statement about the island's recently held elections.
Discover TnT Blog has the latest Soca Monarch updates from Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival celebrations.
“Detective Constable Cary Lyn-Sue…put the cat among the pigeons last week by doing something revolutionary. He told the truth”: Jamaican Annie Paul, new to the blogosphere, writes about “an extraordinary admission” of misconduct by a young policeman.
Irony pervades Caribbean Free Radio‘s second attempt to improve her wireless broadband service.
“Here in the Caribbean we relate to people who provide us with good service with some gratitude, and perhaps with too much gratitude”: Francis Wade explains.