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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

24 February 2017

One Photographer's Stunning Glimpse Into the Beauty of Trinidad & Tobago's Traditional Carnival Masquerade

A spirit of joy sweeps through Trinidad and Tobago on 'Fantastic Friday', the start of the Carnival weekend.

21 February 2017

Trump a Convenient Whipping Boy for Trinidad & Tobago Footballer Dwight Yorke's Visa Issue

A high-profile footballer, a controversial travel ban and an Iranian stamp in a passport all converge to blow a simple visa issue out of proportion.

13 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival 2017 Playlist: Part 2

The Bridge

An opinionated mini-guide to the music that's setting Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival celebrations alight this year, Part Two.

9 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival 2017 Playlist: Part 1

The Bridge

An opinionated mini-guide to the music that's setting Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival celebrations alight this year.

7 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister Says Women Should Choose Their Men More Wisely to Avoid Violence

"As per our usual culture. Let's victim-blame, right? She should've chose[n] better? How about he should've been brought up better?"

In Trinidad & Tobago, Clamour for Action After Yet Another Woman Is Murdered

"Our women and girls seem to be the major target of crime and assault. We must do something now!"

3 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago Says Goodbye to Cherished ‘Virtual’ Historian Angelo Bissessarsingh

"A good soldier has fallen. Inevitable but still very sad. You will be missed by a whole country. History certainly will NOT forget YOU.”

27 January 2017

Better Late Than Never? Trinidad & Tobago Wins 2008 Olympic Gold After Jamaican Athlete Found Guilty of Doping

"It started off as a sprint but ended up as a marathon."

Could Trump Solve Trinidad & Tobago's US Tax Law Stalemate? The Opposition Leader Seems to Hope So.

When Trinidad and Tobago's opposition was in government, it introduced the FATCA bill in parliament; ever since, it has been sidestepping passing the legislation. Enter a letter to Donald Trump.

24 January 2017

From Facebook Live Questions to a Police Investigation, the Curious Case of a Trinidad & Tobago Presidential Housing Allowance

The police have begun investigations into the legality of the president's housing allowance, but in a country where faith in the police service is low, netizens are hoping for transparency.

20 January 2017

With One More Vote, Trinidad and Tobago Could Ban Child Marriage

Child marriage will likely soon be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, but the country's new legislation isn't likely to end the controversy surrounding the practice.

17 January 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's First Female Murder for 2017 Is a Schoolgirl, Deepening Fears About Gender-Based Violence

"I don't know what worries me more, the unending spate of violent crime fed by an abysmal detection rate or the lack of ideas by law enforcement and government..."

13 January 2017

Trinidad & Tobago Moves to End Child Marriage, Despite Religious Opposition

"This is not a matter of cultural relativism. It is a matter of cruel criminal behaviour."

3 January 2017

Revelation Blows a Hole in Trinidad & Tobago President’s Explanation of Controversial Housing Allowance

"What the president did was remain in housing that was beneath his standards and put the money in his pocket."

24 December 2016

2016: The Year the Caribbean Was Forced to Confront Its Attitude Towards Women

"We do not talk truthfully among ourselves about [...] harassment. Verbal innuendo and unwanted remarks are part of the culture we do not want to get rid of."

16 December 2016

Controversial Trinidad Carnival Fete Frustrates Fans Seeking Fun

The organisers of Soaka 2017 may have thought they were being Internet-savvy by asking patrons to go through a five-step ticketing process, but it struck some as elitist and discriminatory.

2016 Was the Caribbean's Year of Loss

For bloggers in the Caribbean, “2016” has nearly become an obscenity. Adjectives now used to describe this "annus horribilis" include "sucky", "terrible" and "the worst".

9 December 2016

After Missing Woman Is Found Dead, Trinbagonians Say, ‘Enough is Enough’

"How do we fix this? Where do we start? Who has the expertise [...] to bring about the changes [...] required to get these criminals off our blood splattered streets?"

7 December 2016

Trinidad & Tobago Shaken—and Stirred—by Strong Earthquake

Trinidad and Tobago lies along a major earthquake fault line, so the tremor wasn't all that surprising -- but netizens still saw humour in the midst of an unnerving experience.

2 December 2016

Caribbean Women Take Their Power Back by Sharing Stories of Sexual Abuse Via the #LifeinLeggings Hashtag

"#LifeinLeggings is the story of women AND girl children [...] A large number of the stories are of childhood events. [...] Measure the country's level of civilization against that."

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