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Janine Mendes-Franco · September, 2009

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 September, 2009

Jamaica: Truth & Laughter

“If death is the closing parenthesis on the fiction of every human life, then humor is the asterisk that proclaims the dignity of human life despite the many absurdities”: Jamaican...

Guyana: Garden Correspondence

Guyana-Gyal gets a letter from her garden.

Trinidad & Tobago: Driving It Home

Bandwagonist.com comments on parts of the Trinidad and Tobago 2009-2010 Budget that deal with transportation.

Cuba: “Let Juanes Come!”

Generation Y takes to the streets of Havana to ask Cubans their views on the upcoming Juanes concert: “I’m glad to be in tune with my people. Let Juanes come!”

Jamaica, Barbados: Sandiford Speaks

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp features writer Robert Sandiford in his own words.

Bahamas: International Literacy Day

Bahamian bloggers Womanish Words and tings mash dedicate their posts to the marking of UNESCO’s International Literacy Day.

Trinidad & Tobago: Budget Comments

“It really didn't say much and didn't seem attached to a reality where citizens of the country exist”: KnowProSE.com posts some general impressions of Trinidad and Tobago's 2009-2010 Budget, while...

Barbados: Hearings on Tourist Murder Begin

As the preliminary hearing into the murder of tourist Terry Schwarzfeld begins (to no local press coverage), Barbados Free Press says it is a “poor show all around by our...

Bermuda: Gambling Shooting

As a Bermudian man fights for his life after being shot at a gambling event, Catch a fire, who is “particularly concerned about the prevalance of organised gambling”, also acknowledges...

Jamaica: Drugs & Politics

Jamaica Salt and Letter from Jamaica blog about a move by the United States to extradite local Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on alleged drug and ammunition trafficking charges.

Grenada: Bishops Killers Scheduled for Release

Repeating Islands reports that the last of the “Grenada 17″, convicted for the murders of then-Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and ten others, “were scheduled to be freed as early as...

Cuba: Political Conscience

Uncommon Sense focuses the spotlight on one of many political prisoners who cannot attend the Juanes concert, saying: “Hopefully, Juanes will…come to understand that without justice for him and other...

Trinidad & Tobago: Commission Off Track?

As the Commission of Inquiry into the Construction Sector in Trinidad and Tobago is postponed because of a legal oversight with regard to gazetting, This Beach Called Life comments: “This...

Bermuda: Labour Day

Bermuda Jewel wishes everyone a happy Labour Day!

Martinique: Gas Station Assault

Repeating Islands republishes writer Raphaël Confiant's account of his experience of “physical aggression at a service station in Martinique.”

Bahamas, Turks & Caicos: Federation?

News breaks that the Bahamian Prime Minister may be considering forming a federation between the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, prompting blogger Sidney Sweeting to comment: “Please note that our...

Bahamas: Skewed Priorities

As Customs Officers threaten to demonstrate over attempts to deal with alleged corruption within their ranks, Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas says: “We have so far to go.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Get A Plan

Trin wonders whether an approach like Florida's 10-20-Life Program, which proposed the toughest gun-crime law in the U.S., could work as a viable part of Trinidad and Tobago's crime plan.

Cuba, U.S.A.: Obama's Order

Writing for Havana Times, Circles Robinson reports that U.S. President Obama has finally signed the order allowing Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba and send money more easily to family members...

Jamaica: Conformity?

“The Caribbean is, according to Rex Nettleford, the ideal model of what the world is trying to achieve through globalisation: different people and cultures and races melted into one big...

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