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Janine Mendes-Franco · December, 2011

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, 2011

Trinidad & Tobago: Online Petition Against Offensive Ad

Globewriter is heartened that Project Runway winner, Anya Ayoung-Chee, has “[thrown]her weight against hate” by signing a petition “to demand the Trinidad Express apologize for running an offensive advert that,...

Cuba: The Living Dead

Generation Y sees parallels between the film “Juan of the Dead” and life in Cuba: “More than gazing on a story of beings taken from our worst nightmares, the public...

Haiti: Housing Still a Problem

“While over one million refugees suffered under tents following the January 12, 2010, earthquake, 128 newly constructed homes, finished in May, 2010, sat empty for 15 months,” reports Haiti Grassroots...

Trinidad & Tobago, Belize: Gay Rights

Globewriter notes that some of the more homophobic nations are getting “their knickers in a twist” over the Obama administration's statement at the UN “that it is standing up for...

Cuba: In Defense of Human Rights

Pedazos de La Isla highlights the testimony of one of the Ladies in White who relates her experience as a victim of the “vigilance operations, brutal beatings, arbitrary arrests, deportations,...

Barbados: Courts Send Message that Women are Nothing

“Men again learned that no matter how badly you beat women, they can always be pressured to drop the charges. Police learned that it is useless to treat an assault...

Trinidad & Tobago: Dangerous Ad

Bloggers from Trinidad and Tobago voice their outrage at a newspaper ad that claims to educate people about homosexuality, calling it “a vile advertisement that can only be described as...

Guyana: Rape Allegations against Police Chief

Save Guyana reports on rape allegations being brought against the police commissioner, explaining: “The Alliance For Change…has called for [his] dismissal or at least interdiction from duty…and is viewing the...

St. Kitts & Nevis: Making Financial Progress

Abeng News Magazine has an update on the St. Kitts debt default, here.

Cuba: Defining “Vulgarity”

Without Evasion continues to share her thoughts about the outcry over the “vulgarity” of a popular reggaeton song, saying: “The confusion lies, then, in properly ascertaining the limits of vulgarity...

Cuba: Food History

Iván García reviews Fidel Castro's history with “experiments”, saying: “The ex-president has put his foot in it many times. In all fields. The most painful has been in regard to...

Jamaica: So What About the Spy Plane?

After reading a newspaper editorial which was nonchalant over the presence of a spy plane during the country's state of emergency, Active Voice says: “The big deal…is that 73 people...

Haiti: Celebrity Visits Overshadow Real News

“I just don't get it. Why is it newsworthy that Kim Kardashian was in Haiti?”: Toussaint on Haiti “continue[s] to be baffled by the relative media silence around the effort...

Jamaica: Politics or Party?

Jamaica Woman Tongue says of the new Prime Minister's choice of a December 29 election date: “If our PM/minister of education knew his history, he would never have dared to...

Puerto Rico: The Success of TEDx San Juan

Gil the Jenius had his reservations about TEDx San Juan, but is pleased to report that it was “a rousing success.” Dondequiera adds that it was a day “of wonderful...

Cuba: Christmas Lights, No Human Rights

“In the long list of the words forbidden in my childhood, there were two in particular that were censored: ‘Christmas’ and ‘Human Rights'”, writes Generation Y, explaining that Christmas has...

Jamaica: Spy Games

Active Voice blogs about “the spy plane the government didn’t see” and the effect that the admission of its existence is having on the ruling Jamaica Labour Party.

Cuba: Human Rights Day

Uncommon Sense says that tomorrow, International Human Rights Day, “is for all to celebrate the basic rights we share and to remember those in Cuba and elsewhere whose rights are...

Bahamas: Postcolonialism Issues

A recent “one-day symposium in honour of Frantz Fanon, the Martinican psychiatrist whose field of study was the psyche of the colonized” gets Blogworld “thinking about the value of democracy,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Traffic Tips

“After crime the number one negative social issue that affects most of us on a daily basis is traffic”: Plain Talk has some suggestions for easing the congestion.

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