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27 May 2020

Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?

COVID-19

The COVID-19 restrictions in Jamaica have diminished some families' already limited economic power while heaping additional responsibilities on parents. How are different types of families coping?

26 May 2020

Not just a number: Online memorial honors Brazil's COVID-19 victims

"After a while, those numbers start to lose their meaning, they become something like a clock, a warning, anything but people. And we start to become desensitized."

23 May 2020

‘Born Ya': Speaking with Jamaican fine artist Judy Ann MacMillan about her new autobiography

"Fine art itself is under intense challenge in Jamaica, as it is elsewhere. The tenets [...] are in conflict with social improvement, political messages and democratic ideas."

22 May 2020

Support networks essential to safely leave violent partners during Ecuador's lockdown

COVID-19

"It is imperative to break the culture of silence."

20 May 2020

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence made more difficult during Ecuador's quarantine

COVID-19

"I’ve tried to leave my partner a few times, but he became the centre of my universe. That’s why, despite everything, I stay with him".

Addressing ‘gaps in history’ through bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"Returning to the land today can feed us, contributing to food sovereignty and the wellness sector by expanding our knowledge and use of wild botanicals and their healing properties..."

18 May 2020

The healing effects of bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"I have been concerned with how shared historical suffering reveals itself communally and how individuals and nations manage trauma and the desire for self-fulfilment in small places like Barbados..."

13 May 2020

‘If a dirt, a dirt': COVID-19 and the reopening of the Jamaican economy

The BridgeCOVID-19

"Once things have “opened up” it will be back to normal. I don’t believe it will be a “new normal” – just normal."

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: ‘Looking out, not going out’

COVID-19

Though regional citizens are still laying low as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been recording their thoughts in various ways, while in relative isolation.

12 May 2020

Honduran congresswoman claims she was blocked from virtual plenary session

COVID-19

In times of COVID-19 and confinement, the use of technology that replaces in-person meetings could undermine democratic processes, through sheer inefficiency or by malice.

Venezuelans come together to provide food for the elderly of Caracas

COVID-19

"We can't put an end to poverty, but we can do our bit to help those who need it most."

11 May 2020

Bocas Lit Fest crowdsources ‘100 Caribbean books that made us’

The regional literature festival says the initiative “isn’t a competition, but a chance to curate the stories that hold pride of place" on readers' bookshelves and in their hearts.

COVID-19 regulations and the issue of overcrowding in Jamaica's markets

COVID-19

The detection of more than 100 positive coronavirus cases at a call centre seriously spiked Jamaica's numbers and prompted stricter safety regulations — but have some backfired?

8 May 2020

COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago education's digital divide

The BridgeCOVID-19

"What we do not want is a situation where the exclusion of students is a threat greater than COVID-19 to our education."

7 May 2020

How can the Caribbean prepare for a post-COVID-19 world?

COVID-19

As the Caribbean begins to think about a post-COVID-19 future, Lesley Ann Noel proposes a design thinking approach to building back the region's economies and social services.

6 May 2020

Are Japanese ‘murder hornets’ invading North America?

It's unlikely they will murder you, but they pose a serious threat to apiaries.

1 May 2020

Trinidad & Tobago ranks second on a COVID-19 ‘lockdown rollback checklist,’ but caution remains

COVID-19

"While the OxCGRT data cannot fully say how ready countries are to leave lockdown, it does provide for a rough comparison across nations."

Pandemic pushes more than 34,000 Venezuelan migrants home

COVID-19

Around 500 migrants are arriving at the Colombian border city of Cúcuta every day intending to return to Venezuela. As of April 15, a total of 34,000 people had passed...

30 April 2020

Will the Lesser Antillean iguana be saved from extinction?

The decline of this species, whose life expectancy can at least reach 15 years, could be linked to two interconnected phenomena: competition and hybridisation.

29 April 2020

Women conquer space in Bolivia's Carnival of Oruro

The Bridge

Long excluded from the festival, woman and non-binary people have now claimed their place.

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