· December, 2009

Stories about Caribbean from December, 2009

Barbados: Economic Laurels?

  23 December 2009

“Entering 2010 the challenge for Barbados must be to build a roadmap and find the financial resources to rollout policies and projects which will reposition the economy of Barbados to grow GDP”: Barbados Underground wonders if the country is resting on its laurels.

Barbados: Customs & Christmas

  23 December 2009

Barbados’ Notes From A Small Rock cannot believe the trouble she is having with the Customs & Excise Department over two scooters she bought for her children for Christmas: “The rules provide an unbeatable combination of broad discretion coupled with a lack of transparency.”

Bermuda: Gun Play

  22 December 2009

Bermudian bloggers weigh in on the island's recent criminal activity and the response by the government.

Trinidad & Tobago: Preserving Lion House

  22 December 2009

Repeating Islands reports that “the Lion House in Chaguanas [Trinidad], the ancestral home of the Capildeo family (maternal relatives of writer V. S. Naipaul)” has been nominated for the upcoming National Trust Heritage Preservation Awards.

Barbados, Jamaica: Economic Impact

  22 December 2009

“Jamaica's political leaders are looking down the barrel of a gun; or staring into an abyss; or stuck between a rock and hard place”: Living in Barbados says that “once again, solutions are being sought to the country's seemingly intractable economic problems.”

Dominica: Election Results

  21 December 2009

“The election results are in and the Dominica Labour Party…has won a third consecutive term in office”: Repeating Islands has details.

Bermuda: Injuction Update

  21 December 2009

Bermudian bloggers supply updates on the government's injunction against the island's Royal Gazette newspaper.

Haiti: Marching for Aristide

  18 December 2009

Repeating Islands reports that “supporters of former Haitian President and liberation theologian Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched through Port-au-Prince…this week calling for his return from exile and protesting his [Fanmi Lavalas] party’s exclusion from upcoming elections.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Climate Responsibility

  18 December 2009

Blogging from Trinidad, Coffeewallah says of the climate change talks: “In Copenhagen world leaders debate over what they will and will not sign, but truthfully, it is all about commerce and making money…we are given the gift of life and the loan of the earth but we have yet to...

Trinidad & Tobago: Poor Packaging

  18 December 2009

Trinidad and Tobago's This Beach Called Life is livid that a brand of silicone is being sold in bottles best known for packaging a popular children's soft drink: “I have no idea if the OHS Act in Trinidad and Tobago covers household chemicals and food but Act or no Act,...

Jamaica: Stealing Christmas

  18 December 2009

“Instead of being merry and enjoying the upcoming season, Jamaicans have been plunged into a solemn mood, by a picture painted with more hardship for the poor and the struggling working class of this island”: Stunner says a new tax measure by the Golding government “will definitely put a serious...

Jamaica: Shock Over Buju

  18 December 2009

Annie Paul republishes a Facebook post by Sarah Manley about why Buju Banton is Jamaica: “After reading this you will hopefully understand better why this country is reeling with shock in the aftermath of Buju's imprisonment in the United States.”

Barbados: British Airways Strike

  17 December 2009

Living in Barbados says that “the news that British Airways unions are threatening a strike to happen over the Christmas period” is worse news for a Caribbean island than the threat of hurricanes or volcanoes.

Bermuda: Of Crime & Injunctions

  17 December 2009

As the spate of violence continues in Bermuda, bloggers are further troubled by news of the government taking out an injunction against a newspaper, allegedly to prevent the publication of a news story.

Jamaica: The Good and the Bad

  17 December 2009

The good and the bad: The Phoenix in a Gas House reports that dancehall artist Buju Banton has been officially indicted for cocaine possession, while Letter From Jamaica is pleased that Usain Bolt is a runner-up in TIME magazine's Person of the Year.

Dominica: Being Transparent

  16 December 2009

Dominica Weekly supports transparency and accountability in public life: “If the people have to dig out the truth, all trust is gone and aggression will step to the fore. Then who knows what can very well happen.”

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