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· August, 2014

Stories about Caribbean from August, 2014

Investment Deal with China Leaves Jamaicans With More Questions Than Answers

I AM SO FLABBERGASTED: WHO gives a FOREIGN government the RIGHT to CHOOSE WHICH LAND IT WANTS? As part of an investment exchange, the Jamaican government has agreed to give...

Some See a Political Ploy in Trinidad & Tobago's Proposed Constitutional Reform

Given labour strikes, corruption scandals, escalating crime and police state concerns, this sudden interest in reforming the country's constitution reads to some like an act of desperation.

Caribbean Court of Justice Mired in Controversy

Barbados Free Press says that few people realise “that the vaunted Caribbean Court of Justice carries no actual power or authority”, partly because compliance with the court's decisions is apparently...

A Man's Fatal Beating Puts Police Brutality Back on the Front Burner in Jamaica

Mario Deane was beaten while in police custody for marijuana possession. This type of violence has plagued the country's political culture from as far back as the 1970s.

More Than a Half Century Later, How Should Jamaica View Its Independence Day?

The learning curve for a people who historically never had a say continues to be a steep one, especially in a climate where corruption was already entrenched.

Trinidadians Stand in Solidarity With Gaza on Twitter, on TV and on the Streets

People in Trinidad and Tobago have been showing their support for the Palestinian people through demonstrations on and offline.

5 Things One Blogger Thinks You Should Know About People of African Descent in Trinidad & Tobago

We have evidence in our culture, historical facts, which show how the African experience in the Caribbean has helped define our landscape and spirit. In honour of emancipation, Amilcar Sanatan...

Emancipation Day Sees New Triumph as Haitian-Born Dominican is Declared a National

Emancipation Day, the anniversary of which is marked in several Caribbean territories on August 1, inspired two Jamaican bloggers to consider the occasion more closely. Nadine Tomlinson quoted Marcus Garvey...

Trinidad & Tobago Sports Minister Resigns Amid Alleged Corruption in a Programme for Disadvantaged Kids

Trinidad and Tobago's minister of sport resigned after his LifeSport programme is alleged to be funding criminals. Learn why some have called his resignation "tears of a clown."

Trinidad & Tobago's Minister of Sport Resigns Under Duress

Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Sport has been forced to resign following public dissatisfaction surrounding the corrupt LifeSport programme, in which millions of dollars were allegedly funneled out to fund...

Should the Caribbean ‘Free Up the Herb'? This Attorney Thinks So

As the debate on marijuana's legal status rages in the Caribbean, attorney and activist Richie Maitland argues in favor of decriminalisation.

About our Caribbean coverage

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


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