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Janine Mendes-Franco

I am a media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. I blog at WIM. My Twitter handle is @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco

9 October 2015

‘Doubles’ Price Increase Sends Trinidad & Tobago Foodies Into Tailspin

Sellers of doubles, the nation's most beloved breakfast food, caused outrage when they announced a one dollar price increase, despite the fact that the raw materials cost has remained the...

8 October 2015

‘Running on Fumes'—Trinidad & Tobago Faces $8.5 Billion Deficit

Trinidad and Tobago's new government delivered its maiden budget speech in parliament this week. While many feared the news wouldn't be good, they didn't quite expect this...

3 October 2015

Jamaicans to UK Prime Minister: Get Over Slavery? ‘You First.’

"David Cameron must listen with an open heart and mind to the call for reparations, and have the courage to do what is right."

1 October 2015

Jamaicans Are Unimpressed With the UK's Pish-Posh Attitude on Slavery Reparations

Bob Marley's famous "Redemption Song" called for self-emancipation from mental slavery, but Jamaica is asking for financial reparation from the United Kingdom for its role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

25 September 2015

Social Media Cries Copywrong After American Rapper Lifts Trinidadian Photographer's Work

"All people are saying is that this is someone's intellectual property. When it was pointed out to you, all you had to do was apologise..."

10 September 2015

Outgoing Trinidad & Tobago Government Says Election Results Illegitimate. Voters #ROTFL.

Trinidad and Tobago has a history of fair elections, free from interference or violence. No wonder voters were amused by the outgoing government claiming the results are null and void.

8 September 2015

Calls for Vigilance and Participation as Trinidad & Tobago Gets A New Government

After decades of voting out consecutive governments over corruption allegations, Trinidad and Tobago might finally have received the message that citizen involvement is what is needed to improve governance.

Predictions for an Opposition Party Win in Trinidad & Tobago's General Elections

Digital Campaigning on Election Day Irritates Trinidad & Tobago Voters

Trinidad and Tobago's ruling party may have exploited a loophole in the Representation of the People Act to continue campaigning via digital media on election day.

7 September 2015

Whatever the Weather, Trinidad & Tobago Is Voting

To paraphrase one Trinidad and Tobago voter, "Rain doesn't keep us from partying, it can't keep us from voting."

Election Day Has Begun in Trinidad & Tobago

"Today is the day Trinidad and Tobago. The country is in your hands..."

4 September 2015

Why Some Consider ‘Brand Jamaica’ a Problematic Idea

"It’s a matter of some irony that despite this history of inhumane servitude...Jamaica would develop in the 21st century into a country that fetishizes brands and branding."

1 September 2015

Dominica Rallies in Aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika

In the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica has a mammoth reconstruction task ahead, as it strives to reclaim its reputation as the "Nature Isle" of the Caribbean.

28 August 2015

Ousted Trinidad & Tobago Minister ‘Gypsy’ Is Singing a Bitter Tune—Literally

When a government minister learns he has not been chosen to run in the country's upcoming general elections, things degenerate into nasty -- albeit melodious -- name calling.

Mother Nature Hits ‘Nature Isle’ Dominica Hard With Tropical Storm Erika

"Nature gave the Nature Isle a rough make over" as the first major tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season hit the Caribbean island of Dominica.

22 August 2015

Tourism Poster That Put Jamaica on the Map Gets New Life

What is perhaps the most famous travel poster in world history got a new wave of attention thanks to a recreation by American musician Alicia Keys.

18 August 2015

Sargassum Seaweed Turns the Caribbean's Crystalline Waters Murky

The dark brown seaweed that the Sargasso Sea was named for is washing up in bulk along Caribbean beaches. One diver takes us underneath the thick layer of algae.

11 August 2015

Trinidad & Tobago's Election Race Heats Up with Sexual Harassment Allegations

A newspaper reporter resigns after alleging sexual harassment by the country's opposition leader, but some are calling it a political ploy so close to general elections.

30 July 2015

So the Caribbean Walks Into a Bar…

#IfTheCaribbeanWasABar is trending in the regional blogosphere, bringing up issues of shared territory and identity in hilarious and illuminating ways.

29 July 2015

Battle of the Hashtags in Lead-up to Trinidad & Tobago's General Elections

The sparring match between Trinidad and Tobago's two main political parties on the eve of the country's general election has been duly hashtagged.

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