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Janine Mendes-Franco · July, 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 July, 2015

30 July 2015

So the Caribbean Walks Into a Bar…

#IfTheCaribbeanWasABar is trending in the regional blogosphere, bringing up issues of shared territory and identity in hilarious and illuminating ways.

29 July 2015

Battle of the Hashtags in Lead-up to Trinidad & Tobago's General Elections

The sparring match between Trinidad and Tobago's two main political parties on the eve of the country's general election has been duly hashtagged.

25 July 2015

Videos of Trinidad Jailbreak Show Prisoners Made Confident Exit from Downtown Prison

As somebody quipped on Facebook, it looked like "more of a jail release than a jailbreak".

Conspiracy Theories Abound in Aftermath of Trinidad Jailbreak

In the absence of an official version of events from the country's protective services, netizens have been sharing their own theories about yesterday's jailbreak in Trinidad's capital city.

20 July 2015

High-Profile Arrests Ahead of Elections Raise Tempers and Eyebrows in Trinidad and Tobago

There has been tremendous public pressure on Trinidad and Tobago's police force to solve a high-profile murder. After more than year, detectives finally produced a name.

17 July 2015

Enough With the ‘Us Versus Them Mentality'—We Are All Trinidadian

Lily Kwok posted a photo of herself on Facebook holding a placard that said, "I will not 'Go back to China'. I am Trinidadian" following a spate of anti-Chinese racism.

The Force Isn't Strong With Trinidad & Tobago's Newest Political Party

The Third Force Movement announced less than two weeks after its launch that it will not be contesting the country's general elections in September. Cue the Star Wars jokes.

16 July 2015

Politics Overshadows Trinidad & Tobago Footballers in CONCACAF Gold Cup

Trinidad and Tobago's national football squad secured a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, but the country's politicians seem determined to spoil the celebration with politicking.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Chinese Community Is Dog-Tired of Racial Stereotyping

Video of dog being skinned (allegedly at a Chinese restaurant) goes viral. Health minister hastily comments. Local Chinese community hits back online to try to bring the minister to heel.

10 July 2015

Netizens See More Farce Than ‘Force’ in Trinidad & Tobago's New Political Party

The Third Force Movement unintentionally became the butt of online jokes when netizens used the Trinbagonian penchant for pronouncing "th" as "t" to rechristen the group "The Turd Force".

7 July 2015

Film Explores Haiti's Only Free School for Children With Disabilities

"Only 1 in 50 Haitian children with disabilities attend school. This is a tremendous setback both for the children who stay home, and for parents..."

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