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Flora Thomas

I'm an aspiring writer and citizen of the world – definitely a believer in peace, friendship and the power of words.

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19 October 2016

A Social Media About-Face in Trinidad & Tobago Highlights the Complexity of Domestic Violence

"The fact that she’s decided to return to that relationship […] means she can be seduced by affection and scared of retribution, like all human beings."

6 October 2016

Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister Tells Citizens ‘You Better Begin to Be Weaned Off the Government’

Trinidad and Tobago citizens took grave offense at being told to wean themselves off government support—but could the prime minister's statements about "doing things differently" have been misinterpreted?

20 July 2016

The Murder of Trinidad's Notorious ‘Robocop’ Leaves the Country Worried About What’s Next

As some in Trinidad and Tobago plead to "stop the killing", others wonder whether they should brace themselves for more violence after the murder of an alleged crime lord.

1 July 2016

Massive Nude Photo Leak Raises Issue of Online Protection Laws in Trinidad & Tobago

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Police suspect the leak is part of an online pornography ring, and that some of the photographs are being sold.

30 January 2016

Crime in Trinidad & Tobago Brings Out Netizens’ Racial Prejudices

Are racial stereotypes so ingrained in Trinidad and Tobago that some think criminals can only be of one ethnic denomination? A dramatic robbery in Port of Spain proves that #CrimeHasNoEthnicity.

28 October 2015

Social Media Help Trinidad and Tobago Police Arrest Child Abuser

Trinidad and Tobago used its social media powers for good this past week, when Internet users circulated video of a child abuse incident that led to two arrests.

22 September 2015

Haitian President's Sexist Comments Remind Caribbean Feminists They Still Have a Long Way to Go

From schoolboy raps to ministerial threats, women across the Caribbean continue to pay the price for speaking out, says the Code Red feminist blog.

24 July 2015

Trinidad's Capital Sent Into a Tailspin as Three Inmates Shoot Their Way Out of Prison

One escapee—awaiting trial in connection with a high-profile murder—and a police officer died in the ensuing frenzy. The other two prisoners are reportedly still at large.

1 February 2015

Witness Tampering Allegations Against Trinidad & Tobago’s Attorney General Silence the Nation

There has been almost nothing on Twitter and Facebook about the situation. It's almost as if people are thinking twice about exchanging views publicly.

27 January 2015

Trinidad & Tobago Journalist Marcia Henville's Murder Shocks the Nation

A popular journalist dies in a fire, but autopsy results confirm that she was murdered. Netizens want justice in what many assume to be a domestic violence case.

22 January 2015

Caribbean Perspectives on the Charlie Hebdo Free Speech vs. Intolerance Debate

Two Caribbean bloggers discuss religious fundamentalism in the context of the Charlie Hebdo attack and wonder if the tragedy can be used as an opportunity to change the idealogical narrative.

5 January 2015

Video Captures Trinidad & Tobago Police Officer Slapping Man in Wheelchair

"I don't know what law this man broke to earn him harsh treatment and hard slaps to his face but this is sad. He doesn't have a weapon, no drugs..."

16 December 2014

Does the Caribbean Have a Rape Culture?

Is Caribbean society doing everything it can to protect women from rape? Some activists have had enough with the region's passive acceptance of a rape culture.

20 October 2014

Barbados Muslims Reject ISIS, but Still Face Anti-Islam Bigotry Online

Many prominent Islamic scholars have condemned ISIS, but that unfortunately hasn't stopped some from conflating the militant group with the religion of Islam, like popular blog Barbados Free Press did.

4 June 2014

Can Trinidad & Tobago Rise Above Race-Based Politics?

As the Prime Minister remains mum about polarizing comments made by a religious and political leader, Trinidad and Tobago netizens wonder if the country will ever get beyond tribal politics.

23 May 2014

Why the Press Needs Protection in Trinidad & Tobago

An investigative journalist testifies that his life was threatened. One Trinidad and Tobago-based blogger discusses how this troubling development challenges citizens' social contract with their democracy.

5 May 2014

Silence Will Not Solve Trinidad & Tobago's Crime Problem

Trinidad and Tobago is still reeling from news of prominent attorney Dana Seetahal's death, but one blogger thinks the time for impotent outrage has long gone.

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