· January, 2008

Stories about Caribbean from January, 2008

Trinidad & Tobago: Fancy Sailors

  26 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 & Tobago: The Bottom Line

  26 January 2008

“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.

Barbados: Impact of CSME

  26 January 2008

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.”

Bahamas: Freedom of Information

  26 January 2008

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...

Trinidad & Tobago: Stolen Generation?

  25 January 2008

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?”

Bahamas: Prosperity Theology

  25 January 2008

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...

Bahamas: Fixing Crime

  24 January 2008

“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.

Barbados: Blogs in Danger?

  23 January 2008

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...

Trinidad & Tobago: World Social Forum

  23 January 2008

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.”

Guyana: The White Line

  23 January 2008

“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.

Dominica: One Laptop Per Child

  23 January 2008

“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.

Bahamas, Cuba: Double Speak

  23 January 2008

“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.

Jamaica: An Inconvenient Truth

  23 January 2008

“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.

Jamaica: Misdirected Gratitude?

  22 January 2008

“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.

About our Caribbean coverage

Janine Mendes Franco is the Caribbean editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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