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Janine Mendes-Franco · May, 2008

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 May, 2008

Bahamas: Education Consequences

Christopher Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com blogs about the consequences of an ineffective education system, saying: “We are reaping that which we have sown.”

Puerto Rico, U.S.A.: Imagine That Conversation

Puerto Rican blogger Liza asks: “Can you imagine having to talk to your kids about the potential assassination of their father?”, adding: “What people don't get is how deep the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Indian Arrival Day

Today is Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago and Coffeewallah reminisces on her former mother-in-law's legacy and the first time she taught her to wrap a sari: “It is...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Everglades Litany

“In anticipation of Caribbean American Heritage Month“, Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp is running video series, which begins with one of his own, entitled Everglades Litany.

Guyana: Identity Crisis?

Signifying Guyana blogs about her “personal struggle with a hyphenated identity”.

Bahamas: Social Breakdown?

Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit believes that the country's escalating violence, especially among youth, “is not crime. It is impending social breakdown.”

Trinidad and Tobago: Shame

As an eight-year-old girl is found dead in a canefield in Trinidad, Coffeewallah says: “They're killing the children…casually, as though they are no more than sand through our fingers”, while...

Bermuda: Freedom or Manipulation?

Bermudian bloggers are incensed about the Premier's statement that making certain information public is “akin to asking a neural surgeon to come out of the operating room in the middle...

Jamaica: Spinning

“Among its many atrocities, the single worst crime of the CD was that it made albums longer”: Jamaican Marlon James rediscovers the allure of vinyl.

Guyana: We the Bloggers

“You know that feeling you get when somebody compliment you but they slip in a few digs, so you end up puzzled?” A newspaper editorial compares news-blogs and traditional media,...

Trinidad & Tobago: My City

Coffeewallah takes a walk along the streets of her city, Port of Spain.

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Calabash Podcast

Caribbean Free Radio produces a podcast from Jamaica's Calabash International Literary Festival which includes perspectives on “Derek Walcott's unforgettable premiere reading of ‘The Mongoose'” and an interview with Jamaican writer...

Cuba: Free Speech?

Child of the Revolution sees the irony of the editor of Granma calling for a further restriction on freedom of speech laws in Cuba: “Instead of demanding greater freedom of...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Maslow & Art

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp sees a connection between Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the Caribbean artist.

Guyana: Copyright Laws

Signifyin’ Guyana comes across an article on copyright laws in Guyana that “made (her) jaw drop.”

Cuba: Media Manipulation?

As Fidel Castro comments on the US presidential campaign, Child of the Revolution calls him “the consummate manipulator”.

Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Caribbean Nostalgia

Haitian blogger kiskeácity links to an interview with Nicholas Laughlin, who is at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica talking about “Caribbean literature, imaginary roads, creoleness…”it all makes you...

Bahamas: Heterogeneous World

Bahamian Nicolette Bethel says: “Bahamians appear to imagine that the world is monocultural. More specifically, we tend to associate specific nations with specific ‘races’. But the world is a multicultural...

Trinidad & Tobago: Got Mail?

KnowProSE.com reports that the mail strike in Trinidad and Tobago is still on.

Trinidad & Tobago: Ah Have ah Tabanca

“You know if this was a relationship with a man, you wouldn’t still be here. You would never stick around and take this abuse. Stay for what? Because this is...

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