I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.
Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from January, 2008
Cuba: The Church and Change?
The Cuban Triangle blogs about the Catholic Church's role in Cuba.
Bahamas: Prosperity Theology
Dan Schweissing blogs about prosperity theology in the Bahamas: “Telling someone that they are poor…because they don't have enough faith in God is the religious equivalent of telling a single mother with three kids and a full-time minimum wage job that she is poor because she's lazy and doesn't work...
Bermuda: Congestion Tax
Blogging from Bermuda, 21 Square is all for the introduction of a congestion tax.
Cuba: Yes or No?
Post-Cuban elections, Child of the Revolution wonders whether or not Fidel Castro will remain as head of the Council of State.
Barbados: Opposition Leader Sworn In
Cheese-on-bread! says: “Mottley created history since she is the first female Opposition Leader in Barbados”.
Bahamas: Fixing Crime
“With all the shock-horror at our skyrocketing crime rate, you would never believe that the causes and progress of the country's social breakdown have been fully documented over the past 20-odd years”: Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit recommends a “back to your roots” approach to deal with crime.
Barbados: Blogs in Danger?
Barbadian blogs are some of the most outspoken in the Caribbean, regularly taking politicians and mainstream media to task for issues such as transparency and public accountability. Are they in danger? Barbadian bloggers are talking about it...
Trinidad & Tobago: World Social Forum
Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Ramblings and Reason thinks World Social Forum “enables discussion of critical social issues that impact us”, but The Liming House is not convinced: “Yes, another world is possible, and another T&T is possible. But we have to come better than this.”
Guyana: The White Line
“I read somewhere, a butterfly flutter he wings in one country and earthquake happen in another part of the world. Reality, me dear, ain't pretty like a butterfly”: Guyana-Gyal connects the dots of the drug trade and puts a face on the people whose lives are affected.
Dominica: One Laptop Per Child
“Bill Gates, you want to send a dozen XOs so I can set up the Caribbean's first XO mesh?!”: Steve McCabe sees potential for the One Laptop Per Child project in Dominica.
Bahamas, Cuba: Double Speak
“Such obvious double speak is trite in the 21st Century. And to state that in a country that is of the ‘western liberal ilk’ is quite presumtuous”: Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com is unimpressed with the Cuban Ambassador's statement about the island's recently held elections.
Trinidad & Tobago: The Merry Monarch
Discover TnT Blog has the latest Soca Monarch updates from Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival celebrations.
Jamaica: An Inconvenient Truth
“Detective Constable Cary Lyn-Sue…put the cat among the pigeons last week by doing something revolutionary. He told the truth”: Jamaican Annie Paul, new to the blogosphere, writes about “an extraordinary admission” of misconduct by a young policeman.
Trinidad & Tobago: On The Wire
Irony pervades Caribbean Free Radio‘s second attempt to improve her wireless broadband service.
Jamaica: Misdirected Gratitude?
“Here in the Caribbean we relate to people who provide us with good service with some gratitude, and perhaps with too much gratitude”: Francis Wade explains.
Cuba, UK: Visual Expressions
Child of the Revolution‘s interest is piqued by a new London art gallery's exhibition of the work of Cuban visual artists to show how they “discuss contradictions, ambiguities and social negotiations in Cuban life”.
Belize: Mourning Palacio
As Belize continues to mourn the death of Andy Palacio, Belizean posts a short bio of the country's most iconic musician.
Bahamas, Bermuda: Law Enforcement
“If they can minimize these minor crimes that would be a good start”: Sidney Sweeting at WeblogBahamas.com attends the induction ceremony of the Bahamas’ new Police Commissioner.
Trinidad & Tobago: ‘Mas in April?
“They should save their symposium-organising money and use it for something else, because the idea is just plain absurd”: Caribbean Free Radio responds to news that a group of “Carnival stakeholders” is proposing “that Trinidad and Tobago’s age-old pre-lenten Carnival be moved to a more ‘convenient’ date”; while Nicholas Laughlin...
Puerto Rico: Banking on Talent
Gil the Jenius is all for creating a National Talent Bank.
Guyana: Hearing Guyana Cry
Signifyin’ Guyana posts a poem by Guyanese poet Balwant Bhagwandin in honour of Martin Luther King Day.