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· February, 2016

Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Body-Policing and Identity Politics Bog Down Trinidad Gymnasts’ Olympic Dreams

"So many countries celebrate an athlete's body. In my country, a female athlete could be shamed and disciplined for showing hers."

22 February 2016

What Masqueraders’ Selfie-Snapping Says About Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

"I noticed a proliferation of masqueraders — in the melee on stage, in the stands and on the sides — on their phones. I thought, wow, this could be interesting."

17 February 2016

It's Finally Official: Port of Spain's Mayor Resigns Over His Victim-Blaming Remarks

"Some of these old dogmatic doctrines of […] rural Trinidad and, and the Trinidadian society of the 50s and the 60s are no longer relevant in a modern world."

16 February 2016

Remember When the Mayor of Port of Spain Promised to Resign for Victim-Shaming a Murdered Woman? He Doesn’t.

Port of Spain's mayor promised to step down after blaming a woman's murder on her choice to wear a bikini. Then he un-promised, refusing to leave office.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Violence Has Been ‘Normal Normal’ For Way Too Long

The Bridge

In Trinidad and Tobago people have come—at their peril—to accept that violence is a part of life. But maybe it's time to push back against this idea?

15 February 2016

Citizens Protest Against Trinidad Mayor's ‘Vulgar’ Victim-Blaming Statements

"Clothing does not cause violence. Dark streets do not cause violence. Walking alone at night does not cause violence."

13 February 2016

‘Citizens Everywhere Must Recognize That Their Countries’ Natural Resources Belong to Them’

A Caribbean representative has been elected to the International Board of the EITI for the first time. Global Voices talks with Victor Hart about patrimony, innovation and fighting corruption.

11 February 2016

Local Trinidad & Tobago Mayor Sparks Outrage After Victim-Blaming in Masquerader's Death

Did the mayor of Port of Spain just imply that women's behaviour was inextricably linked to their safety? That's how the majority of netizens heard it -- and they're angry.

Incidents of Violence Spoil Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

Violence by band security and the discovery of a dead masquerader have put a dark cloud over Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2016.

7 February 2016

Broken Is the Road of Political Promises in Trinidad & Tobago

An opening ceremony for a children's hospital that was never actually opened to the public. Public funds used despite a government-to-government arrangement. A collapsed access road. What next?

5 February 2016

A Dying Swan Resurrects Faith in the Creativity of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

"No one else understands how to combine the mechanical principles and characters of the mas into a new work that says something about the world and our corner of it."

2 February 2016

The Zika Virus Threat Looms Large in the Caribbean

The World Health Organisation has just declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Some Caribbean territories have been preparing for it, while others have been slow to mobilise.

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