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Janine Mendes-Franco · December, 2007

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 from December, 2007

Jamaica: Friends for Life

  31 December 2007

“Moving home to live in Jamaica has revealed to me that American friends are for a reason, but Jamaican friends are for life”: In Francis Wade‘s experience, West Indians and North Americans approach relationships very differently.

Dominica: Bhutto's Son

  31 December 2007

Living Dominica is touched by the words of Benazir Bhutto's son and wonders “what the world would be like today if American leaders had spoken words like this in the wake of 9-11″.

Barbados: Homophobia

  31 December 2007

“In the Caribbean we are confused and hypocritical in our attitudes toward sex in general”: Living in Barbados blogs about the region's lack of tolerance for homosexuality.

Antigua: Fixing Crime

  30 December 2007

Talk Antigua thinks that crime is destroying the country “and no one seems to be doing anything about it.”

Puerto Rico: Kayak Trip

  30 December 2007

The CAC Review interviews Taino Almestica, part of a two-person team that circumnavigated the island of Puerto Rico in a kayak.

Trinidad & Tobago: Trip to Cairo

  30 December 2007

“I spent most of my first day swearing never to return, but I’ve been won over. I’ll be back.”: Club Soda and Salt visits Cairo, Egypt and finds a few similarities to his native Trinidad and Tobago.

Puerto Rico: Prayer for Bhutto

  28 December 2007

“What a great lost to the world is the assassination of this heroic woman who sought only to bring peace to her people”: The Voice of the Taino People calls for “a minute of prayer” in memory of Benazir Bhutto.

Trinidad & Tobago: Permaculture

  28 December 2007

Sharon Millar at My Chutney Garden interviews Johnny Stollmeyer – “a conceptual artist/deep ecologist working on issues of sustainability.”

Jamaica: Qualified Unemployment?

  28 December 2007

Francis Wade republishes a letter to the editor by a returning Jamaican national who can't get a job in order to make a point about why educated Jamaicans remain abroad.

Trinidad & Tobago: Stop the Traffic

  28 December 2007

“How can an island of 2 million people with an area the size of London have major traffic problems?”: Seldo.com blogs about the gridlock in Trinidad's capital city.

Barbados, Pakistan: What Now?

  28 December 2007

“I wonder what implications this tragic act will have for upcoming elections in Pakistan, as well as for the relations between the United States and the nuclear-armed nation”: Cheese-on-bread! speculates on the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

Barbados: Issues with LIAT

  28 December 2007

“Considering the massive investment the Barbadian taxpayer has made in LIAT, its difficult to understand why our Minister of Tourism does not represent ‘our’ interests on the board”: A reader writes in to Barbados Underground, drawing attention to the inefficiencies with one of the major regional carriers.

Trinidad & Tobago: Remembering Bhutto

  27 December 2007

“While she was far from perfect, and her government was plagued by corruption, I will always remember her as she was when she first came to power in the late 1980s, as a symbol of hope and democracy”: Further Thoughts pays tribute to Benazir Bhutto.

Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Pakistan: RIP Bhutto

  27 December 2007

“Benazir Bhutto was for me an inspiration. She was fierce. She was bold. She was beautiful and smart and fearless”: Puerto Rican born blogger Liza Sabater recognizes Bhutto as a “sheroe”, while Coffeewallah, blogging from Trinidad, says: “Whatever Ms Bhutto may have been, she was seemingly trying to change Pakistan...

Bahamas: Theatre and Democracy

  27 December 2007

Nicolette Bethel agrees with artistic director Oskar Eustis that “The same emotion that is required for theatre to work is the emotion that is required for democracy to work — the idea we need to care about each other’s experience.”

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