Janine Mendes-Franco · July, 2010

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, 2010

Bermuda: Media Code

  26 July 2010

“I do believe that whether we like it or not, blogs are now part of the media. By definition we publish publicly and with that freedom comes responsibility” – which is why Breezeblog has voluntarily adopted the Media Council of Bermuda’s Code of Practice.

Haiti: How to Report

  23 July 2010

For foreign journalists wondering how to write about Haiti, Mediahacker has written a “handy guide”.

Guyana: Party or Country?

  21 July 2010

“The fastest route for Guyana to get to the point of being a prosperous country is to find a leader who rejects disunity in all its forms…and embraces the diversity of this beautiful country”: The Guyana Groove wants to know whether people are loyal to party or country.

Jamaica: Abuse of Power?

  21 July 2010

Jamaica Salt thinks that the recent detainment of dancehall artist Vybez Kartel “does not look good any way you look at it. In terms of the justice system, human rights, detention powers, use or mis-use of emergency powers.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Colourful

  21 July 2010

“The rich and various colours of our people are one of the things I like about this place. We are not homogenous”: Lisa Allen-Agostini is colour conscious.

Bahamas: Local Justice

  19 July 2010

As the Barefoot Bandit is extradited back to the U.S., Jerome Pinder says: “We have shown that the Bahamas can rise to the occasion and ensure swift action…Now what about the Government's understanding and respect for the Bahamian people?”

Trinidad & Tobago: Now Showing

  19 July 2010

Artist Chris Cozier shares thoughts from his notebook about his most recent work, commissioned for this year's Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

Cuba: Future of “Las Damas”

  19 July 2010

Now that certain political prisoners are being released in Cuba, Along the Malecon wonders about the future of Las Damas de Blanco: “In what form will [the group] continue to exist? How many members…will drop out once their love ones are freed?”

Jamaica: People's Party

  16 July 2010

“I believe we need a party that is led by the PEOPLE, works on behalf of the PEOPLE and speaks in the voice of the PEOPLE”: Long Bench decides to take up the challenge.

Haiti: Truth or Hoax?

  16 July 2010

“Yesterday, a french ‘official’ announced that France will finally pay Haiti back for the 90 million gold francs it forced Haitians to pay in compensation for French slave trade losses”: HaitiAnalysis.com wants to know if the promise of reparation is true or false.

Puerto Rico: A Sacred Run

  16 July 2010

“For many ancient Indigenous cultures runners were an important way to send messages between communities”: The Voice of the Taino People Online reports that the tradition is about to be rediscovered though a “four directions” run on the island of Boriken.

Cuba: Looking In from the Outside

  16 July 2010

Generation Y tells the story “a Communist Party member, academic, and specialist on issues relating to the United States, [who] had the dangerous idea of writing an article against corruption”, saying: “Those ousted eventually realize that those they used to consider the ‘enemy,’ could at some point prove to be...

Trinidad & Tobago: Eating Wisely

  15 July 2010

“There is a need for subsidies…for better infrastructure for farmers, and for help with getting them to develop their markets. Farmers is folks too and if they aren’t feeling the love…is we to catch–and pay through the nose for their produce”: Lisa Allen-Agostini has a few suggestions “for encouraging people...

Cuba: A Different Kind of Prison?

  15 July 2010

The Cuban Triangle wants to know: “Are the releases unconditional? Spanish officials and Church authorities say they are. We will know for sure in due course, as we’re beginning to see reports that some of the prisoners are saying they want to remain in Cuba.”

Jamaica: U.K. Losing Out?

  15 July 2010

Girl With a Purpose wonders whether Usain Bolt's refusal to compete in the U.K. because of its steep tax laws will make the country amend its existing tax regime.

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