I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.
Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from June, 2015
The ‘Civic Death’ of Dominicans of Haitian Descent
Even though the deadline date for deportations has been extended, the future of Dominicans of Haitian descent remains uncertain, with many calling the DR's stance an attack on human rights.
Jack Warner's First Revelation Involves Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister, Marijuana and a Cover-Up
The ex-FIFA exec, who is wanted by US authorities, has made good on his promise to reveal damning evidence. It's only the "tip of the iceberg," he says.
John Oliver 2, Jack Warner 0: Trinidad & Tobago Is #ROTFL
The comedy keeps on coming as funny man John Oliver challenges beleaguered ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner to a game of one-upmanship in "shit-talking videos".
In Search of Integrity in Trinidad and Tobago
The country's Integrity Commission, a constitutional organ created to fight corruption, is a place of perennial scandal and intrigue.
Ex-FIFA Exec Jack Warner Unintentionally Strikes ‘Comedic Gold’ With His Response to John Oliver
How many more inadvertently ROFL-inducing videos will Jack Warner release? This one's in reaction to John Oliver's roast of the ex-FIFA VP on Trinidad and Tobago television.
John Oliver Survived His Trinidadian TV Debut, But Will Jack Warner Survive the FIFA Scandal?
The British comedian's barbs at Warner, who threatened last week to reveal an "avalanche" of secrets related to FIFA and Trinidad and Tobago's government, were less side-splittingly funny than usual.
#CharlieCharlie Sends the Caribbean a Bit Crazy
Some Caribbean netizens contend that the region abandoned all logic over #CharlieCharlie, prior to finding out the game was an Internet gimmick and not the work of the dark side.
Wrongfully Detained at a Psych Ward, Trinidadian Cheryl Miller Gets Justice
"One of the greatest acts of bullying executed by members of the public service with the oversight of the line Minister."
“Where de Lizard?” Why the Caribbean is Fascinated with Them
These little creatures have different meanings in other cultures. Ancient Romans believed that the lizard symbolized death and resurrection, because it sleeps during winter and reawakens in Spring. For the Greeks and Egyptians, the lizard represented divine wisdom and good fortune. In the Caribbean, lizards have special significance as well....
Why the US Indictments Against FIFA Must Be About Corruption
There has been much discussion about the United States' motivation behind the FIFA arrests - so is it a power grab or is it about doing the right thing?
Could the Guyana Elections Experience Be a Lesson for the Caribbean?
"The Caribbean electoral systems need to be relooked at and be fixed immediately. They are failing the democratic nature of the region."