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Janine Mendes-Franco · February, 2015

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 February, 2015

27 February 2015

Oil and Water Don't Mix—Except in Trinidad

Residents noticed a strong smell of oil coming from their taps - but why was was the water supply still operational if authorities could not contain the threat?

25 February 2015

Trinidad & Tobago Has ‘Carnival Mentality’. Is That Necessarily a Bad Thing?

Carnival mentality refers to the carefree attitude on display at Trinidad and Tobago's biggest party. Some argue the term should represent industriousness -- Carnival takes a lot of work.

21 February 2015

The Politics of ‘Wining’ in Trinidad & Tobago

Did a candidate for prime-minister just 'wine' on a female reveller at the carnival? This political scandal is a potent cocktail of sex, race and patriarchy.

20 February 2015

The Colourful Sights and Sounds of Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

In this photo post, take a look at all the amazing aspects of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2015 - from traditional characters to the ever-popular "pretty mas'".

11 February 2015

The Caribbean Is Stuck in a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mindset

A couple of recent cases reveal that one of the most disturbing aspects of the region's complicated relationship with sex and gender is alive and well.

4 February 2015

Trinidad & Tobago's ‘Pass-the-Buck’ Politics

Her attorney general faces obstruction-of-justice charges, but the prime minister has laid the blame for her government's woes elsewhere.