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Janine Mendes-Franco · March, 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 March, 2014

Jamaica: Vybz Kartel's Sentencing

  30 March 2014

Active Voice reports that Vybz Kartel's sentencing has been postponed to April 3, and that “the Dept. of Correctional Services is to decide whether Kartel will be allowed to record music in prison, and if allowed, whether proceeds should go to the family of the victim Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.”

Jamaica: Little Universes

  24 March 2014

Our minds are as vast and infinite and creative as the uni—scratch that—multiverse. What does that mean for each of us? For our potential and purpose? A science documentary reminds Jamaican blogger Nadine Tomlinson that she, like every other person on the planet, has unlimited potential.

Trinidad & Tobago: Equal Justice?

  23 March 2014

The issue for me is equality before the law – and too often…average people come to understand that ‘when you’re big’ you are above the law or will be treated less harshly. Jumbie's Watch blogs about two recent incidents that leave him concerned about justice in Trinidad and Tobago.

Misogyny Masquerading as Gender Equality in Barbados?

  23 March 2014

After questionable statements on gender violence from a public official in Barbados, CODE RED says: The Bureau of Gender Affairs has a mandate for ensuring gender equality. It is precisely because of that mandate that Bureau staff should publicly distance themselves from statements that are sexist, deliberately inflammatory and unsubstantiated.

Trinidad & Tobago: Hollick Arvon Prize Finalists

  19 March 2014

The Bocas Lit Fest Blog has announced that emerging writers from Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago are the finalists for the much-coveted 2014 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, now in its second year.

Trinidad & Tobago: Coup Commission

  18 March 2014

Do Trinis care dat de report from de Commission ah Enquiry into Abu Bakr coup attempt in 1990 finally out? A Trini Speaks suggests that the release of the findings may be a case of too little, too late.

Less “Experts”, More Thinkers Needed in Jamaica

  13 March 2014

Annie Paul publishes on her blog a tribute to the late Stuart Hall by “three of the younger members of the Faculty of Social Sciences” at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, saying: We ought to use the moment of his passing and the local apathy to it...

Bermuda: Discussing International Women's Day

  11 March 2014

International Women’s Day is important for helping us re-focus our attention to [the] feminist struggle, and it should serve to remind us of that and re-commit to it. catch a fire says it's important to “do more than simply pay lip-service to the idea of International Women’s Day.”

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Trinidad & Tobago Carnival in Danger?

  5 March 2014

By all accounts, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2014 was a rousing success, but a couple of bloggers have concerns about the sustainability of the festival in its current form.

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