Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco
9 October 2015
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
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
1 October 2015
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
"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
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
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.
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
To paraphrase one Trinidad and Tobago voter, "Rain doesn't keep us from partying, it can't keep us from voting."
4 September 2015
"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
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
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.
"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
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
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
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
29 July 2015
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.