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Stories about Trinidad & Tobago

In the grip of pandemic, ‘the time is now’

"I don't know, but I want to be here, persisting. Intemperately. Ridiculously. Maybe even foolishly. And the difficulty has been in believing I deserve that grace. Maybe you feel the...

Could the sargassum plaguing Tobago's beaches be an opportunity?

As sargassum continues to be a seasonal crisis for many tourism-dependent Caribbean islands, people have been wondering about the possibilities of putting the seaweed to good use.

As Jamaica sends a large shipment of rescue dogs to Canada, animal rights activists hope regional attitudes will change

The foreign rehoming of Jamaican stray dogs is seen as a "game-changer," sending an important message to "those who have been accustomed to treat[ing] dogs with cruelty rather than kindness."

The ‘tree of life’ that's under threat in Trinidad

Naturally occurring moriche palm populations exist in only six locations in Trinidad, but are under threat, predominantly because of unregulated human impact.

The Caribbean's foremost literary festival has released its 2021 longlist; Trinidad & Tobago writers dominate

“Where else would you find Trinidadian street food in the same volume as an appraisal of Thom Gunn's poetry, or Dylan Thomas rubbing shoulders with soca?”

Could the Venezuelan oil tanker in the Caribbean Sea still pose an environmental threat?

Nearly five months after the initial October 2020 inspection, Trinidad and Tobago officials have not yet conducted a follow-up, despite their own recommendation that one should be done within a...

Trinidad & Tobago minister declares ‘safest time for sea turtles’ despite spike in poaching

Leatherback turtle nesting season is well underway, but conservation groups are up in arms over COVID-19 restrictions, which currently block them from doing nightly beach patrols to protect the turtles.

On International Women's Day, Trinidad & Tobago citizens #ChooseToChallenge gender-based violence

In the wake of two recent high-profile murders, Trinbagonians advocated for tangible steps to be taken to protect women.

Trinidadian activist and writer Colin Robinson, who did the ‘work of social history,’ has died

"Imagination is as critical to social justice as power. Unless we imagine more just futures and how we get there, change won’t come."

Community in Trinidad says ‘No’ to quarry operator targeting area's last untouched watershed

Tired of dealing with the effects of quarrying in the area, including river water "unfit for human use," residents are trying their best to prevent further extraction and environmental degradation.

Could Trinidad & Tobago's COVID-19 travel exemption process be compromising citizens’ rights?

One attorney posited that the government’s ability to regulate borders “is no way in question." However, whether the exercise of that power intersects with citizens' rights remains to be argued.

Trinidad & Tobago’s COVID-19 travel exemption process is demoralising its citizens abroad

Nationals who were unable to make it back home before the country's borders closed following its index case of COVID-19 are now at the mercy of the travel exemption system.

Trinidad & Tobago's problem with gender-based violence

Since the murder of Andrea Bharatt, parliament has passed the Evidence Bill and approved the use of pepper spray for self-defence, but are these measures really addressing the core issue?

Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as examples of how smaller countries have been responding to COVID-19

The Lowy Institute, an Australia-based international think tank, has attempted to deconstruct various countries’ response to the pandemic.

In Trinidad & Tobago, where women are under siege, sometimes even words feel futile

'I want an island where we wake up and board taxis with the certainty that we will not be abducted. I would like to live here and not be afraid.'

Musician Chantal Esdelle on how the pandemic is bringing Trinidad & Tobago Carnival back to itself

'We get to focus on how we want to make [Carnival] work for us again: activity and participation rather than production and consumption.'

Pandemic soca: How COVID-19 is shaping the sound of Trinidad & Tobago's cancelled Carnival

There may be no physical Carnival celebrations this year, but Trinbagonian soca artists are still churning out songs, many of them around the theme of COVID-19.

Landmark ruling opens the way for environmental transparency in Trinidad and Tobago

Communities celebrate judgement that supports full access to the findings of Environmental Impact Assessments.

UK strain of COVID-19 arrives in Trinidad & Tobago

The variant was detected via genome sequencing testing being done by the University of the West Indies.

Caribbean denounces Trump’s decision to put Cuba back on terrorism list; hopes for a reversal with Biden

Some expect the Biden/Harris administration to re-establish a working relationship with the island; other Cuban commentators find that unlikely. Either way, CARICOM wants Cuba taken off the US' terrorism list.

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