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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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24 May 2017

Trinidad & Tobago Ministers Rack Up Big Bills—and Social Media Outrage

Trinidad and Tobago netizens are tired of public officials wantonly spending taxpayers' money, especially in a sluggish economy.

17 May 2017

Political Bad-Mouthing in Trinidad and Tobago Sullies Opening of Stadium Named for Cricketer Brian Lara

Politics and sport may be inextricably linked, as evidenced by the online commentary following the opening of the Brian Lara Stadium in south Trinidad.

25 April 2017

Port of Spain Explores Spaces for Public Art After Controversial Crackdown

Might online support for a small Trinidadian artist be the spark that finally creates sustainable display spaces for public art in the capital city?

11 April 2017

Are Trinidad & Tobago Police Actively Investigating the President's Housing Allowance Like They Said They Would?

One netizen asks if there's a link between the country's top cop and the president, whether the police began their promised investigation and if so, can its findings be trusted?

18 March 2017

A Young Policewoman's Murder Leaves Trinidad & Tobago With More Questions Than Answers

"Should we march as if we have never marched before? Write to the newspapers? Pray? I do not have any of the answers, but I fear far worse."

23 January 2017

Inspired by Trump's Counsellor, Trinidad & Tobago Social Media Users Start Whipping Out ‘Alternative Facts’

"Ringling Brothers closed down in anticipation of the competition from the American government. #alternativefacts"

23 November 2016

After Officers Kill 15-Year-Old “Known Pest”, Trindadians Take Aim at Police Tactics

"I am not saying either was right or wrong but excuse me if I DON'T take the word of the esteemed members of the T&T Police Service as gospel!!"

16 November 2016

#NotMyPrince Hashtag Uses Prince Harry's Upcoming Caribbean Visit to Resist ‘Colonisation of the Mind’

"Why is it necessary for the Crown to have any symbolic, ceremonial or constitutional role in the 21st century Caribbean?"

25 October 2016

In Trinidad & Tobago, Video of Shooting Aftermath Doesn’t Boost Public Trust in the Police

"This has nothing to do with what happened before [...] or what led to his shooting. This has to do with what passes for police procedure in this place."

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.

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