· November, 2006

Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from November, 2006

Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela: Chance meeting in Second Life

  29 November 2006

Trinidad blogger Taran Rampersad is delighted to meet a Venezuelan in Second Life: “Perhaps this is the start of a bridge across a geographic divide. So far I've met people from around the world, but there's something magical about meeting someone from right next door.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Musical credit where credit's due

  24 November 2006

Applauding Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul's triumph at the American Music Awards, caroline.neisha at the Caribbean Beat weblog expresses hopes that Trinidadian artists will one day achieve similar success: “I don't think our culture needs to be validated or recognised by any other culture in order to be valuable… But...

Trinidad & Tobago, India, Pakistan: In praise of cricketers

  23 November 2006

Mani sings the praises of West Indies cricket superstar Brian Lara, in the wake of the lightning-fast 216 runs he scored in the recently concluded 2nd Test against Pakistan. India's Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistani bowler Danish Kaneria — “only the second Hindu to ever represent Pakistan” — receive kudos as...

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival venue off limits

  22 November 2006

Saucydiva reprints an article on her blog announcing that the Queen's Park Savannah, one of the traditional venues for Trinidad's Carnival parade, will be off limits for next year's festival, and attracts (at the time of writing) 39 comments largely protesting the move.

Trinidad & Tobago: The extent of the race problem

  22 November 2006

Are the comparisons being made by former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition Basdeo Panday between the state of race relations situation in Trinidad and Tobago and that in 1950s America and apartheid-era South Africa fair? The Manicou wants to know.

Trinidad & Tobago: A new political order?

  21 November 2006

Jeremy Taylor wonders whether a multi-party system may be detrimental to the development of a small nation like Trinidad and Tobago — and suggests a framework for a restructured — and more rational? — system of governance.

Trinidad & Tobago: Member of parliament misbehaves

  21 November 2006

“We're in much deeper trouble than we previously thought,” writes Manicou, discussing the disdainful treatment meted out to people at a public meeting by Trinidad and Tobago member of parliament Larry Achong, and Achong's subsequent denial of wrongdoing. The Rights Action Group T&T blog, meanwhile, reports that residents of Chatham,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Journalism outside the West

  17 November 2006

Trinidad blogger Jeremy Taylor on the launch of Al-Jazeera's English channel: “Outside the west and beyond its influence, western assumptions implode. Different peoples have entirely different ways of seeing the world. Watch CNN or the BBC in a non-western environment (let alone Fox, heaven help us): suddenly they seem alien,...

Jamaica: “I am HIV”

  17 November 2006

It's widely acknowledged, in the Caribbean and elsewhere, that the fear of stigma and discrimination is a major factor preventing people with HIV/AIDS from seeking treatment or from admitting their HIV status publicly. For this woman, however, photographed in the streets of Kingston, Jamaica by blogger and Flickr user Ria...

Trinidad & Tobago: Children's Carnival band

  16 November 2006

Trinidadian blogger Strongy reports briefly on the progress of the designs for the children's Carnival band his group has been doing for 14 years, and posts some photos of costumes from the band that inspired the one currently being designed.

Trinidad & Tobago: Misplaced priorities

  16 November 2006

The Manicou decides that the priorities of the Trinidad and Tobago government are equally as misplaced as the people who “does be fighting other people for 10 days, but dem have the latest Jordans and all kinna brands your working ass can't afford to try on”, and also as the...

Caribbean Women's Forum

  14 November 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence points to a Radio Kiskeya news article stating (Fr): “The 2d Caribbean Women's Forum ended the evening of November 10th in Fort-de-France, Martinique with the participation of a Haitian delegation led by Feminine Condition Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue … Delegations from various Caribbean countries (Guadeloupe, Dominica,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Opposition leader complains to Indian VP

  13 November 2006

The Manicou is even more appalled than usual at the conduct of Trinidad and Tobago's leader of the Opposition, who took the opportunity to complain to the vice president of India, who was in Trinidad on an official visit, that Trinidadians of Indian origin were victims of political persecution: “Obviously...

Trinidad & Tobago: jointpop in London

  13 November 2006

Jonathan Ali sits in Trinidad and thinks about jointpop, “the greatest rock band my island has ever produced,” about to start playing at their first gig of their UK tour: “I want to be there to see what these people who are not Trinidadian, who do not know us, will...

Trinidad & Tobago: What happened in Felicity

  9 November 2006

The Manicou tries to get to the bottom of the shooting murder of a young man in a community in central Trinidad and the subsequent rioting by members of the community demanding justice, but hopes the rioting ” is not indicative of where we are as a society to where...

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