Stories about Caribbean from February, 2008
As Barbados seems headed towards a national strike tomorrow, Cheese-on-bread! says: “Well, well. The last time I saw this level of adamance a whole Government fell.” Notes From The Margin adds: “National strikes are like atom bombs, they are great weapons to threaten with, but actually using them makes both...
“The legalization of this habit will not lead to an exponential rise in the number of gamblers. It will, however, allow government to fund programmes that can have a positive impact on our youth…”: Craig Butler at Bahama Pundit blogs about legalizing gambling – and Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com thinks...
“One of the clichés about the so-called third world is that nothing can get done without some money–personal money–changing hands. One of the fortunate things about living in The Bahamas–so far–is that that kind of corruption is not a pervasive feature of our society”: Nicolette Bethel blogs about bribery and...
“You turn old Port of Spain into a slum, you block off the city from the sea (you leave the sea in such a mess that no one would want to be exposed to it anyway), and you build enormous faceless towers, and you call it development”: Jeremy Taylor rails...
“Whether it's the Buccoo Reef, the Gulf of Paria, Mayaro, or Cap-de-Ville and Otaheite, there has long been concern about the delicate marine ecologies of Trinidad and Tobago's bodies of water in the wake of human activities”: Discover TnT Blog explains.
As reports of another massacre – this time in Bartica – reach bloggers, Living Guyana asks “How many more?”
Bermuda Longtail, New Onion and Vexed Bermoothes all comment on Bermuda's 2008-2009 Budget.
Two issues have caught the attention of Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com “like a red flag to a bull.”
“There are so many things to be anxious or angry about in this country these days–crime, corruption, smelters, steel mills, dolphin-slaughter, traffic–that the fate of an old house may seem trivial,” writes Trinidadian blogger Nicholas Laughlin. “But,” he explains, “12 Queen's Park West, the Boissiere House, is not just an...
Caribbean Beat Blog gives an account of Canboulay – “one of the foundational elements of Trinidad's modern carnival” – and is amazed to discover that “over 100 years later, with a culture that is ever-changing, it is indeed true that the more things change the more they remain the same.”
“Dominica is still at a primitive stage when it comes to information technology,” writes Dominica Weekly, providing some tips on how to “recognize the disadvantages the information age brought to our daily work ethics.”
Blogging from Barbados, Notes From The Margin says that the latest proposed merger of regional airlines sounds like something he's heard before.
NoteDor writes about kidnapping in Haiti [Fr]: “Kidnapping has entered our morals and seems to be ingrained in them. The authorities are powerless, or rather indifferent; often it is they who organize [kidnappings]…Those who orchestrate these horrors must hate our country with all their heart…Love to them all, for they...
“For all our concerns for our environment, no one seems to be perturbed about the potentially serious consequences of the proposed power plant by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation“: Dave Ralph at Bahama Pundit explains.
“So, it’s time for the Love Festival, Dr. Brown’s annual Valentine’s bacchanal,” writes Vexed Bermoothes, blogging from Bermuda – then adds: “I am not damning the Department of Tourism for their big activities…we just need to look at our cost vs benefit a little more frequently, and using honest benchmarks.”
“Stores must spend a small fortune on black plastic shopping bags (Dominica imported US$1.3 million of plastic products last year)” writes Steve's Dominica, but says: “All is not lost.”
Through the music of Bob Marley, Jamaican Geoffrey Philp examines the roots of Rastafarianism.
Trinidadian blogger Further Thoughts has only one thing to say about the firing of a CNN producer who was allegedly sacked for blogging.
As the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize shortlists are announced, Antilles writes: “I'm sure some…will share my disappointment that more Caribbean writers were not shortlisted for the only major writing prize most are eligible for.”
Caribbean Free Radio feels the earth move under her feet in Trinidad – and immediately posts to Twitter.
Pull! Push! wonders what would happen if Barbados were to privatize its police force.