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Janine Mendes-Franco

I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco

17 November 2019

Antigua & Barbuda wants Harvard Law School to ‘make amends’ for the gains it enjoyed from slavery

"Admitting that Harvard benefited greatly from the backs of slaves in Antigua and making a few token changes to [...] a shield does nothing to correct the grave injustice."

7 November 2019

‘Hypersensitive’ or ‘horror'? Trinidad church mired in fashion show controversy

"Even though the church might promote the positive aspects of the culture [...] due care must be taken to ensure that participants do not cross the line into negativity and...

25 October 2019

Cry of ‘Free the [bleeping] weed!’ leads to arrest of Trinidadian cannabis advocate

"To those who say the war is over, Rowley has promised to decriminalise, tell that to the citizens of this country who are packed 15 man to one stinking cell."

19 October 2019

Is Trinidad & Tobago's LED lightbulb initiative a bright idea or a shot in the dark?

It may seem like a good idea in theory, but citizens are concerned that the fiscal measure of providing 400,000 households with LED bulbs is not part of a bigger...

10 October 2019

Despite last year's ‘alternative’ win, Guadeloupe's Maryse Condé passed over for 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature

The odds appeared to be in Condé's favour, but the Swedish Academy instead named Austrian author Peter Handke winner of the 2019 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

2 October 2019

The Caribbean speaks out on the climate crisis

Caribbean activists are joining the global movement to demand action on climate change; after all, island nations are on the frontline of the crisis with the most adverse effects.

19 September 2019

Trinidad & Tobago government to rethink Sedition Act

"What is needed is an urgent amendment of the Act to qualify seditious intention by adding a specific requirement that the prohibited acts and statements must urge forceful/violent action."

18 September 2019

Why the Bahamas needs kindness right now

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has been a frightening one — and the climate crisis makes it even scarier for small islands. But we can rise above the fear by...

12 September 2019

A beloved Trinidadian vendor regains his rightful place selling nuts at cricket matches

A sponsorship deal that granted a snacks company exclusive product rights at a regional cricket tournament results in cricket fans getting passionate — about their nuts vendors.

10 September 2019

Death of a kangaroo at Trinidad zoo reignites loud fireworks debate

"We make a public call for a complete ban on fireworks in Trinidad and Tobago. Our animals and the families they are part of cannot continue in this way."

31 August 2019

Hurricane Dorian ambles through the Caribbean, but The Bahamas may still feel its wrath

Hurricane Dorian may well not yet have shown what it is capable of.

Rendition of Trinidad & Tobago's national anthem strikes wrong note with the country's president

The performance of the anthem may have been different, but was it inappropriate, or as the president suggested, disrespectful?

23 August 2019

Trinidad & Tobago split over whether services like Facebook should pay local taxes

Global digital giants pose a serious challenge to local media and their ability to earn revenue, especially in small markets like Trinidad and Tobago.

9 August 2019

The breathtaking beauty of the Caribbean showcased on Instagram

Two regional travel magazines celebrate the Caribbean's natural beauty by calling attention to its most amazing travel destinations — in print and on Instagram!

7 August 2019

Two universities sign historic agreement on slavery reparations in the Caribbean

The agreement marks the first time that a British institution has apologised for the profits it made from slavery and attaches both money and resources to help make amends.

2 August 2019

Cannabis advocates petition Trinidad & Tobago parliament to enact existing medical marijuana legislation

Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health has never exercised its power to issue cannabis licences "for medicinal or scientific purposes”; supporters of marijuana legalisation think it's long overdue.

It's Emancipation Day in Trinidad & Tobago — but is the country free?

"This emancipation embrace the fullness and richness of who you are, where you came from, the blood and history that's in your veins."

1 August 2019

Trinidad and Tobago prime minister refuses to impeach embattled chief justice

"The conclusion I have reached in all the circumstances is that [there is] an insufficient basis, in fact, to warrant [...] that the chief justice's removal ought to be investigated."

17 July 2019

Could polygraph testing for Trinidad & Tobago police help create more public trust?

With an increasing crime rate, the idea is to help make officers more accountable and rekindle public faith in the police service.

15 July 2019

A prolific theatre producer is one of the latest victims in Trinidad and Tobago's homicide spiral

Tributes are pouring in across social media channels following the death of this local theatrical icon.