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Janine Mendes-Franco · March, 2009

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 March, 2009

Cuba: Open Mic Night

Cubans Generation Y and Octavo Cerco blog about “an unforgettable night” in front of open microphones.

Haiti, U.S.A.: Immigration Reform

Haiti's jmc strategies is very interested in U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden's statements on immigration reform: “Biden did not specifically say that the Administration was backing away from a legalization program....

Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago: At the Summit

“It seems far-fetched to think that the summit’s news coverage would be dominated by the one country in the region that is absent from the event” – but The Cuban...

Puerto Rico: Murder Rate

“We. Don't. Give. A. Damn. Because it isn't really ‘Us’ getting killed, it's ‘them.’ We don't see the obvious. There is no ‘them’ on an island. There's only Us”: Puerto...

Trinidad & Tobago: Dinner Mints

This Beach Called Life thinks that dinner mints are part of Trinidad and Tobago's identity.

Jamaica, Suriname: Creative Connections

“This is why it's important for collaborations to take place in every sphere–in different parts of the Caribbean and elsewhere. For cultural criticism is partly detective work and you can't...

Puerto Rico: The Internet

Gil the Jenius thinks that “Puerto Rico has not embraced the power of the Internet to a significant degree.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Identifying the Problem

Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, This Beach Called Life thinks that the biggest problem with UDECOTT “isn’t that the public thinks it is a corrupt organization…[it's] that the masses who...

Trinidad & Tobago: Shouter Baptist Liberation

triniscene.com pays tribute to the Shouter Baptists of Trinidad and Tobago, who today celebrate “the abolition of laws that prohibited the activities of the Shouter or Spiritual Baptist faith on...

Barbados: Animal Cruelty

Barbados Free Press republishes a letter from an “irate hiker” whose group discovered the body of a dog that was hanged from a tree: “The RSPCA was notified. Their response...

Jamaica: Going to Calabash

Jamaican Geoffrey Philp and Life, Unscripted, on the Rock are pleased to report that the Calabash International Literary Festival is back on.

St. Lucia: Waclott Square

Repeating Islands Blog pays a visit to Derek Walcott Square in St. Lucia.

Jamaica: Curtains for Calabash?

Diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp is part of a group that has written an open letter to the Jamaican Prime Minister expressing disappointment over the news “that the 2009 Calabash Festival...

Barbados: Moving On Up?

“Will Barbados’ proposed housing developments be part of an economic and social package that is geared to give people a better standard of living?”: Living in Barbados questions the wisdom...

Bermuda: Going on Faith?

Both Vexed Bermoothes and The Devil Island discuss the Bermudian government's faith-based tourism programme.

Jamaica, Canada: Caribbean Voices

Is there room in Canadian literature for a Caribbean voice? Jamaican diaspora author and blogger Pamela Moredecai shares her thoughts…

Cuba: Antúnez Update

Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense says that the Cuban authorities have “taken its fight with…dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez) to a new, more frightening level.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Naipaul Nominated

Repeating Islands Blog reports that “Trinidadian writer V. S. Naipaul is among the nominees for the Man Booker International Prize.”

Trinidad & Tobago: SEA of Fools?

“The children of Trinidad & Tobago are this morning sitting the dreaded SEA (Secondary Entrance Assessment) exam that replaced the even-more-dreaded 11-Plus”: Barbados-based B.C. Pires shares his thoughts.

Barbados: Suspect Named

“Further media details indicate that the suspect is a 24 year old man. Apparently, the man was found with a camera, jewelry and an imitation firearm”: Bajan Dream Diary links...

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