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Janine Mendes-Franco · August, 2020

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 August, 2020

Calls for unity as Trinidad & Tobago celebrates Independence Day

"The General Election 2020 flipped Trinidad and Tobago over and exposed what can be described as its ugly underbelly […] laid bare seething tensions that have simmered between ethnicities."

A conversation with Trinidadian Nneka Jones, the artist who created compelling American flag image for TIME magazine: Part II

"This hand embroidered flag was created with the intention of signifying optimism and hopes that we can all work together to build a brighter future."

A conversation with Trinidadian Nneka Jones, the artist who created compelling American flag image for TIME magazine: Part I

"We had decided that using the American flag would be the perfect symbolism as it is a reflection of everything happening in the nation currently."

After recounts revealed the same result, Trinidad & Tobago's government is finally sworn in

After a drawn-out recount which failed to affect the original result, the incumbent government has been sworn back into office for another term.

Trinidad & Tobago's 2020 election results are currently being recounted

The preliminary results of Trinidad and Tobago's general election were clear: the incumbent won, securing 22 of 41 parliamentary seats, but the opposition has challenged the outcome.

After its general election, Trinidad & Tobago's racist underbelly is showing

In a racially heated post-election climate, blogger Amilcar Sanatan advises being "brave enough to call out what is wrong" in order to build a more just and equal society.

The historic selection of Kamala Harris as the Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate resonates in the Caribbean

Could Kamala Harris, daughter of immigrants and the first Black/South Asian woman vice-presidential candidate for a major U.S. political party, be "great for diversity"?

In Trinidad & Tobago, the use of Black iconography in Emancipation Day ads backfires

"This ad brings to light greater issues of the way Africans are represented in media and how careless and flippant many media programmers are with African icons, legacy, and symbols."

Ahead of elections in Trinidad & Tobago, one party promises to build a dome to limit ‘illegal outsiders’

With less than a week until Trinidad and Tobago's general elections, electioneering has reached a fever pitch. Still, no one quite expected a dome as a campaign promise.

Five months after the elections, Guyana swears in new president

After multiple court actions challenging the election's results, the Guyana Elections Commission declared Mohamed Irfaan Ali of the opposition People's Progressive Party (PPP) as the country's new president.

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