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Janine Mendes-Franco

I am a media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. I blog at WIM. My Twitter handle is @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco

13 February 2016

‘Citizens Everywhere Must Recognize That Their Countries’ Natural Resources Belong to Them’

A Caribbean representative has been elected to the International Board of the EITI for the first time. Global Voices talks with Victor Hart about patrimony, innovation and fighting corruption.

11 February 2016

Local Trinidad & Tobago Mayor Sparks Outrage After Victim-Blaming in Masquerader's Death

Did the mayor of Port of Spain just imply that women's behaviour was inextricably linked to their safety? That's how the majority of netizens heard it -- and they're angry.

Incidents of Violence Spoil Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

Violence by band security and the discovery of a dead masquerader have put a dark cloud over Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2016.

5 February 2016

A Dying Swan Resurrects Faith in the Creativity of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

"No one else understands how to combine the mechanical principles and characters of the mas into a new work that says something about the world and our corner of it."

2 February 2016

The Zika Virus Threat Looms Large in the Caribbean

The World Health Organisation has just declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Some Caribbean territories have been preparing for it, while others have been slow to mobilise.

1 February 2016

Jamaican Painter Barrington Watson Dies, Leaving Behind a Rich Visual Legacy

"He was the most highly trained artist, and he brought those academic principles to art."

28 January 2016

Raising the Roof on Trinidad & Tobago's Housing Scandal

Trinidad and Tobago's state housing allocations are allegedly fraught with corruption, leaving the most economically vulnerable, which the Housing Development Corporation is meant to prioritise, without places to call home.

Court Ruling Reignites Hope That White Collar Crime Could Actually Be Punished in Trinidad & Tobago

"With respect to the recent ruling at the Privy Council, the simple outcome is that persons who are charged with criminal offences will be made to face a trial."

25 January 2016

After Schoolboys’ Murders, Trinidadians Slam Racial Stereotypes and Media's Sensationalism

"The blatant outright Hate has been allowed to flourish because we've stood by with heads buried deep. [...] What you allow will continue…"

21 January 2016

You Don't Know Noise, If You Don't Know Trinidad and Tobago

From unbearably loud music to illegal fireworks, one civic-minded social media user in Trinidad and Tobago is taking on the "noise polluters who yearly get away with decibel crime".

20 January 2016

The Caribbean Prepares Itself for ‘Zik-V’ Virus Threat

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is advising people to protect themselves and even plans to launch a mobile game called Zap-a-‘quito to educate the public.

Caribbean Social Media Dissects the Tangled Outrage Surrounding Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On

"The global condemnation of Chris Gayle’s flirting seems over the top [but] the controversy is a welcome reminder that there are lines of propriety that should not be crossed."

15 January 2016

A Male and Female Take on Cricketer Chris Gayle's Display of Sexism

"Sexism is part of how our society was structured [but] culture and language systems evolve and change. There is no reason we cannot."

12 January 2016

Is the Level of Vitriol Against Cricketer Chris Gayle Justified?

"The problem for us in the Caribbean is not Chris Gayle and his outlook per se. It’s the casual sexism of Caribbean masculinity in general that needs taking in hand."

11 January 2016

The Caribbean Mourns David Bowie

Bowie translated so well, Internet users in the Caribbean tell Global Voices, because "his music was about pushing boundaries and creating new personas".

8 January 2016

Iconic Steel Band Arranger Jit Samaroo Dies on the Eve of Trinidad's Panorama Music Competition

As arranger extraordinaire for Trinidad and Tobago's Renegades Steel Orchestra, Jit Samaroo has left the country -- and the world -- with a rich, enduring pan music legacy.

7 January 2016

Could Cricketer Chris Gayle's Gaffe Inspire Caribbean Men to ‘Man Up and Know How to Behave'?

Gayle "dropped the ball when he could have shown an example of ideal manhood as more than hyper-sexuality, as also self-reflection and responsibility."

6 January 2016

Netizens Smell Arson in ‘Convenient’ Fire at Trinidad & Tobago's Water Authority

As the headquarters of Trinidad & Tobago's Water and Sewerage Authority go up in flames, netizens worry about records that may allegedly reveal a paper trail of corrupt practices.

The Finer Details of Trinidad & Tobago’s Whistleblower Bill Could Use Some Work

Trinidad and Tobago's Whistleblower Protection Bill was submitted to Parliament in November 2015. One anti-corruption blogger discusses the proposed legislation and urges netizens to get involved.

5 January 2016

Was Caribbean Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On Sexist or Silly?

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has landed himself in a firestorm of criticism after he hit on Australian sports reporter Melanie McLaughlin during a live television interview.

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