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Janine Mendes-Franco · August, 2011

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, 2011

Cuba: Female Activists Detained

Four women who took to Havana's Capitol building to protest recent actions against The Ladies in White have reportedly been detained; Uncommon Sense has the details.

Jamaica, U.S.A.: East Coast Earthquake

Diaspora blogger Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac describes yesterday's earthquake, which affected the east coast of the United States.

Haiti: Grim Housing Situation

Haiti Grassroots Watch investigates whether “the 634,000 people still living in Haiti’s 1,001 camps, and the undoubtedly tens of thousands of others living in unsafe and even condemned structures [will]...

Caribbean: Irene's Path

More updates about Hurricane Irene: Havana Times is relieved that its “projected path is taking it further away from Cuba”; Weblog Bahamas acknowledges that she is “a serious threat”; Pwoje...

Trinidad & Tobago: Honouring Pat Bishop

“Bishop would have wanted the government and corporate Trinidad and Tobago to act on their words, making real investments in sustainable, sensible projects that would educate our intellectual potential, promote...

Cuba: Amnesty Reports on “Las Damas”

The Ladies in White are on Amnesty International's radar. Read more, here and here.

Jamaica: Obama Rejects Plea for Garvey Pardon

Geoffrey Philp is surprised by the Obama administration's rejection of the request for a presidential pardon for Marcus Garvey on the grounds that “it would be ‘a waste of time...

Guyana: Supporting T&T's State of Emergency

Demerara Waves reports that Guyana has officially declared its “support of Trinidad and Tobago’s limited state of emergency that has been imposed to quell a spike in drug-related murders and...

Trinidad & Tobago: Dr. Pat Bishop Passes On

Netizens of Trinidad and Tobago are coming to terms with the loss of one of its patriots: artist and musicologist Dr. Pat Bishop, who collapsed during “a meeting with a...

Cuba: Oh, the Horrors!

Rebeca Monzo blogs about what she calls Cuba's architectural and monumental horrors.

U.S.V.I.: The Power of Film

“Is there any artistic medium that raises more ugly questions of representation and power than film?” In the context of this, A Nation or Nobody blogs about film and neo-colonialism.

Bermuda: Who's Driving the Bus?

a bermudian's view weighs in on the country's bus strike.

Caribbean: Watching Irene

Bloggers are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Irene in Jamaica, Cuba, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Haiti.

U.S.V.I.: Saying “No” to Plastic Bags

“Plastic bags too often find their way into the waters of the island and end up wrapped around coral reefs”, says News of St. John, which is why “members of...

Trinidad & Tobago: Honouring Andre Tanker

Lisa Allen-Agostini is thrilled “that a group of artists has been drawn together to do a tribute concert to the late, great Andre Tanker,” a musician who “played the soundtrack...

Barbados: New CJ Appointed

Two different takes on the appointment of Barbados’ new Chief Justice, here and here.

Jamaica: Technology & Business

“Smartphones have truly revolutionised the way we interact”: Pray, laugh, grow! wonders whether “a BlackBerry pin [is] the new business card.”

Curaçao: “The re-enslavement of Tula”

Controversy is brewing over a film about Curaçao's “liberation warrior Tula” – read why, here.

Cuba: The Life of an Exile

Pablo Pacheco Avila blogs about “swim[ming] in the sad and difficult waters of the Cuban exile.”

Bermuda: BAD Call to Boycott

“Bermudians Against the Draft have launched a campaign to persuade young black men not to cast their ballot in the next general election [because] neither political party supports their position”:...

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