Georgia Popplewell · March, 2007

Latest posts by Georgia Popplewell from March, 2007

Trinidad & Tobago: Farewell, Lloyd Best

  19 March 2007

Nicholas Laughlin pays tribute to Caribbean intellectual Lloyd Best, who passed away on March 19: “We will desperately miss–because we desperately need, now more than ever–his hard-won but lightly worn knowledge, his insight, his optimism, his humour, his integrity. No one has understood the Caribbean better, and few have lived...

Bahamas: Ignoring abolition

  19 March 2007

Nicolette Bethel wonders whether the complete absence of any discussion about the anniversary of abolition in the Bahamas is because it's an election year: “Is it because people on the PLP are afraid to make too much out of it because of the long years of invoking slavery in election...

Belize: Saved by grandmaw

  19 March 2007

With a little help from “grandmaw Florence”, Lee Vanderwalker manages to avoid being mowed down by a landing Cessna on an airstrip in Caye Caulker, Belize.

Cuba: Remembering the “black spring”

  19 March 2007

Marc Masferrer has a series of posts on the subject of the commemorations of the fourth anniversary of the March 2003 crackdown on dissidents and journalists known as the “black spring”, including one on the “Damas de Blanco” (Ladies in White), and a message from a hunger striking political prisoner....

Trinidad & Tobago: A podcast returns

  18 March 2007

Caribbean Free Radio returns with its first podcast in 200-plus days, a look behind the scenes at the repeat performance of the annual Carnival show by the rapso band 3canal.

Cuba, Venezuela: Castro won't stop calling Chávez

  15 March 2007

“Chávez and Castro are always on the phone (ever heard of email?). Chávez would never admit it, but I wonder if he gets tired of Fidel constantly calling,” writes Vivirlatino‘s Jennifer in the preface to a post reproducing a portion of the transcript of a telephone conversation between convalescing Cuban...

Cuba: How Cubans in exile measure time

  15 March 2007

Marta Darby posts an image of the Cubana Aviación plane ticket that brought her, as a small child, from Cuba to the US in 1961, plus a video comprising home movies set to a Celia Cruz song: ‘When we encounter other Cubans wherever we are, there's always a sweet recognition....

Cuba: Show yourself, Fidel

  14 March 2007

In response to media reports that ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has participated in a conference call, Ziva asks: “So where is he? I know he's not the Pope, but if he has an ounce of life, shouldn't he address the Cuban people? Surely he could be wheeled out to...

Cuba: Disneylandia?

  14 March 2007

Luis M. Garcia reports that plans are afoot to build a theme park in Cuba. Val Prieto wonders “what the hell would a communist Cuba theme park consist of?”, and gets some interesting suggestions.

Trinidad & Tobago: New Shakespeare play?

  12 March 2007

“How this previously unknown Shakespeare play came to be in the West Indian Reference Library in Port of Spain I don't know,” writes blogger Jeremy Taylor, as he runs an excerpt from the aforementioned work, which describes events bearing “an uncanny resemblance to events in Trinidad and Tobago this last...

Jamaica: On Islamic fundamentalism

  12 March 2007

Jamaican novelist Marlon James weighs in on the actions of Ahmed Akkari, who circulated a suspicious photocopy designed to inflame Muslim sensibiliites à la the Danish cartoons.

Cuba, Cayman Islands: Civil disobedience

  8 March 2007

Ziva has high praise for the immigration officers in Grand Cayman who violated the Cayman Islands’ memorandum of understanding with Cuba and offered assistance to a group of refugees fleeing the latter by boat.