· April, 2011

Stories about Caribbean from April, 2011

Jamaica: Patwa

  19 April 2011

Jamaica Woman Tongue says that although “the Jamaican Constitution covertly acknowledges the fact that ‘patwa’ is, indeed, a national language…there are no ‘fair trial’ and ‘due process’ provisions in civil cases for citizens who speak only Jamaican.”

Jamaica: Vampire Humour

  14 April 2011

With the help of Trinidadian artist Christopher Cozier, Active Voice reveals another dimension to the recent Vybz Kartel cartoon controversy.

Grenada, Caribbean: WICB Woes

  13 April 2011

Blah Bloh Blog is unimpressed with the new logo for the West Indies Cricket Team, while WICB Expose renames the Calypso Cup the “Collapso Cup”.

Jamaica: Divine Poetry

  13 April 2011

Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp says of Kwame Dawes’ poem Shook Foil: “There is a divine symmetry of the human with music and the landscape– evidence of a ‘natural mystic’ transforming the mundane into the miraculous.”

Caribbean: Gayle's Performance

  12 April 2011

When it comes to the calibre of Chris Gayle's captaincy, WICB Expose says, tongue-in-cheek, that “we don’t know who to believe.”

Jamaica: Cruel Cartoon?

  11 April 2011

Jamaica Woman Tongue has her say about cartoonist Clovis Brown’s recent caricature of Vybz Kartel: “The genuine wit of the stinging editorial cartoon appears to have degenerated into little more than vulgar gutter sniping.”

Haiti: Relevance of Lavalas

  11 April 2011

In the context of Haiti's recent elections, Toussaint on Haiti considers Fanmi Lavalas‘ political future: “The answer is not to cancel the last elections to have new elections that include FL. The worst thing that FL can do is continue with the same arguments of the last 24 years. If...

Bahamas: The Play's the Thing

  11 April 2011

“It’s got the story, it’s got the characters, and it’s got the timing to make it succeed for the moment. But what it should be looking to do is to last…it’s not enough to write a play that inspires us just to laugh. What is required is the production of...

Guyana: Men's Issues

  11 April 2011

CODE RED weighs in on the fact that Guyana has launched a Men’s Affairs Bureau, saying: “It seems that Caribbean governments are unable to address men’s issues outside of a framework of re-inscribing male dominance…if the intention is to ensure men’s right to a good life why is men’s violence...

Trinidad & Tobago: No Impartiality

  8 April 2011

B.C. Pires suggests that the former head of the Police Service Commission has shown his true colours by “putting out a public call to police officers who feel they are being victimized”, saying: “So. It was ‘an Indian thing’ all along.”

Guyana: Losing Your Religion

  8 April 2011

“Each cast different blame. Your country fault. Your religion fault. And none can see that both is wrong…”: Guyana-Gyal thinks that many of the world's problems could be solved if people would actually listen.

Jamaica, Barbados: Search Putting CARICOM at Risk?

  8 April 2011

Abeng News Magazine says that “Jamaica’s foreign minister…is intimating that…CARICOM could be threatened if an alleged vaginal search of a Jamaican woman mid March by Barbadian border service agents is not dealt with frankly and honestly.”

Jamaica: Poetry & Sensuality

  7 April 2011

For his 21 Days/21 Poems series, diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts an erotic poem by Jacqueline Johnson, saying: “What I love about this poem is the subdued sensuality.”

Barbados: Windies-Leaks?

  7 April 2011

Two Barbadian blogs take note of a new website dedicated to “all the West Indies Cricket Board dirt, all the time.”

Trinidad & Tobago: On Race

  6 April 2011

“We need to work hard at bringing all of our people back fully into the national family if we ever hope to advance as a nation…”: Plain Talk tackles the issue of racism.

Haiti: “Sweet Micky”‘s Mandate

  6 April 2011

Dying in Haiti puts forward the new president's mathematical mandate, saying: “His opportunity to do good for Haiti is huge. It would be great if he would deliver on just one of his big promises above. It would be great to be pleasantly surprised.”

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