Janine Mendes-Franco · September, 2012

Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from September, 2012

Jamaica: Storm Saulter on Film & New Media in the Caribbean

  27 September 2012

The 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival continues this week and one of the most high-profile regional attendees is Storm Saulter, the Jamaican director whose first feature film, Better Mus’ Come, received critical acclaim upon its release in late 2010. In this post, he talks about his new offering, filmmaking in the Caribbean and how new media is helping to change the landscape.

Trinidad & Tobago: Not “Moving On” from Section 34

  19 September 2012

The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago advised earlier this week that the country should “move on” from the Section 34 debacle; contrary to his request, thousands of citizens marched against the betrayal of trust and bloggers are refusing to let the issue go.

Puerto Rico: Corruption Ranking

  19 September 2012

Riding the crest of public corruption, Puerto Rico cements its place as #1 with an astonishing 130 corruption convictions–convictions, people–in 2011. Gil the Jenius blogs about this dubious honour.

Jamaica: Time for Twitter

  18 September 2012

Twitter gives you the ability to tune in to any locality you wish as long as there are people from there on Twitter. Active Voice explains why she makes time to tweet.

Trinidad & Tobago: Down the Rabbit Hole?

  15 September 2012

Further to the outrage expressed by political bloggers in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this week, the country's Parliament convened to debate the controversial Section 34, which resulted in it being repealed - but citizens, both on and offline, seem to be taking limited comfort in the law's recall.

Jamaica: The Modern Sonnet

  15 September 2012

Jamaican diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp interviews author Pamela Mordecai about her new work, ” Subversive Sonnets”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Section 34? Last Straw!

  12 September 2012

Political bloggers in Trinidad and Tobago are having a field day with the government's latest missteps - from a failed motion to remove the Minister of National Security from his post because of corruption allegations to the possibility of the accused in the airport corruption scandal walking free thanks to a section of the Indictable Offences Act.

Trinidad & Tobago: iPads for Parliament?

  12 September 2012

If this Government…want[s] to appear to be the pillar of honesty they must go out for an open public tender for tablets…and not simply go out to tender for the prestigious iPad. An apparent penchant for Parliamentary iPads has aka_lol concerned about transparency and good governance.

Jamaica: Coral Crisis

  12 September 2012

The latest diagnosis on Caribbean coral reefs is dire. Labrish Jamaica thinks immediate action should be taken.

Trinidad & Tobago: 50 Doesn't Add Up

  4 September 2012

How come the nation never learn to grow as a nation from all its peoples and from its individual talents? And how come the money and the success not giving the happiness we stop longing for? Matters Arising republishes a letter from a friend, commenting on the state of the...

Trinidad & Tobago: 50 Years Later

  2 September 2012

On August 31, Trinidad and Tobago marked its 50th year of independence from Great Britain. The weekend has been full of celebration and citizen media commentary on what the landmark anniversary means.