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Janine Mendes-Franco · January, 2014

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 January, 2014

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Trinidad & Tobago: Smoke in the City

  29 January 2014

With multiple fires at Trinidad's main landfill, citizens who work and live in and around the capital have been trying to deal with the effects of the thick smog.

Jamaicans Deserve Details About Proposed Logistics Hub

  27 January 2014

You are being manipulated. Jamaicans are effectively begging and paying their government for vital information about their country. How can we accept this? Talk of developing an environmentally protected area of Jamaica as a major logistics hub has Cucumber Juice up in arms, as she says key information is not...

Trinidad & Tobago: Crime Fighting?

  24 January 2014

Yes, the Government is on the crime busting trail again. But, as always, it depends on your definition of ‘crime.’ Wired868 tackles, tongue firmly in cheek, the government's pushing of the Bail Amendment Bill, insinuating that in political speak, there are criminals and ‘criminals’.

Trinidad & Tobago: Hair You Have It

  22 January 2014

As my hair started to emerge in all its mad curly glory I became overwhelmed by a sense of how completely we have been made to hate ourselves. Tillah Willah says farewell to her dreadlocks and explains how “your hair can teach you a lot about your own complexities.”

Bermuda: Gambling with Democracy?

  21 January 2014

catch a fire explains why he got involved in a petition for a referendum on casino gambling in Bermuda, then publishes a follow-up post asking: What does that say for our democracy when people are afraid to sign a petition that they support because they fear consequences from the Government...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Faces of Heroes

  21 January 2014

Samuel ‘Boy’ Walrond is the most remarkable artist in Trinidad and Tobago that you probably do not know exists. That he has never been nationally recognised for his ability, or…the epic span of his life’s work, is an example of society’s failure to identify and honour its heroes. Repeating Islands...

Haiti, D.R.: Stateless in the Dominican Republic

  19 January 2014

jmc strategies blogs about the issue of Haitian statelessness in the Dominican Republic, specifically addressing anti-Haitian sentiment, questionable labour and living conditions, and forced repatriations, while offering solutions to the impasse.

Suriname Gets “An Eye For Art”

  18 January 2014

Srananart's Blog highlights an exciting new initiative, An Eye For Art: Every fortnight, an esteemed art critic discusses a piece of work from a Surinamese gallery's collection.

Call for Better Crime Fighting Policy in the Bahamas

  17 January 2014

The government has failed…the prime minister…continues to pass the buck, throwing words and rhetoric at the cycle of violence, instead of mustering common sense and workable responses. Bahama Pundit takes on what it calls the Prime Minister's “disastrous leadership on crime”.

Haiti, Four Years After

  15 January 2014

Four years after this tragedy, what have we done to change the living conditions of the people who are still living under makeshifts tents? What we have done to effectively rebuild a better country? Wadner Pierre reflects on the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and considers the best way forward.

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