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In the context of the number and scale of projects being undertaken via government to government arrangements, Afra Raymond explains why Trinidad and Tobago's current high-level State mission to China is “a critical issue to delve into.”
Both Venezuela and Haiti have been facing anti-government protests. However, the international media’s escalation of the Venezuelan crisis and their complete silence when it comes to Haiti, raises some important questions about the United States’ inconsistency in upholding the values of human rights and democracy.
Kevin Edmonds calls out the mainstream media.
The satirical website FakeJamaica shares fictitious breaking news about the Vybz Kartel murder trial:
The Jury returned a verdict of not guilty. The…defendant’s lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson…based a significant portion of the defense’s case on the idea that Adijah Palmer cannot be held responsible for anything that his musical persona does.
Forget the cold relief, time for the cure.
Blogworld's Nicolette Bethel turns to “bush medicine” for healing.
In anticipation of her J'ouvert experience at this year's Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Tillah Willah explores why the opening of the festival holds so many truths for her.
Inspired by Cindy Breakspeare's recent lecture on Bob Marley, Annie Paul republishes a 2007 interview she did with her, in which Breakspeare discusses her youth, her Jamaican-ness and of course, meeting Bob.
The huge potential supply of State-built, unfinished office buildings in our capital is the ‘Elephant in the Room‘.
Afra Raymond confronts it in an effort to address “the viability of the long-term and large-scale investments which have been made in Port-of-Spain by private and public capital.”
Bermuda deserves better. Our country is in deep trouble, and you are fiddling away with self-absorption.
Vexed Bermoothes has some advice for the country's politicians.
Of all the offensive – and unintelligent – statements made in the politics of the post-independence Caribbean, an assertion, that Dr Keith Rowley, the leader of the Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago, is ‘too black’ to be Prime Minister, has to rate as the worst.
Bajan Reporter explains why such a notion “highlights the continuing insecurities in persons and groups in the Caribbean.”
Abeng News Magazine's Mark Lee says that the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Report “reads like a good cop bad cop interrogation of the Barbados economy”. Read the details, here.
“Feminist” kaiso and soca music – is there such a thing? creative commess thinks so and posts a playlist.
tastes like home puts a Guyanese twist on a favourite Barbadian dish.
Of the recent drug bust originating out of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados Underground says:
The fundamentals are clear. Supply chain security in the Caribbean is weak, and known local and regional solutions need to be applied and strengthened.
Mas is beauty and horror. Mas as a whole can’t and shouldn’t be a version of reality that edits out the blood and pain.
Tillah Willah explains why she is so excited about the character she is portraying in this year's Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
Groundation Grenada has partnered with Trinidad-based artist Joshua Lu “to create a visual campaign to draw analogies between sexual orientation/gender identity discrimination and other forms of discrimination.” Check out the first few installations in the campaign, here.
Trinidadian diaspora blogger chookooloonks shares ten reasons why being over 40 rocks!
The blog “Diseñado en Puerto Rico” (Designed in Puerto Rico) interviews [es] film director Kacho López Mari. Among many other musical videos, López Mari directed the most recent video of the Puerto Rican hip hop duo Calle 13, “Multi_Viral,” shot in Palestine. The lyrics are the product of a collaboration with Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.
A collaborator of Proyecto Matria [es] shot a video about the Puerto Rican feminist non governmental organization in English, as a gift and a way to spread the word about the wonderful work they do. Proyecto Matria supports the development of women by offering alternative housing and comprehensive services in areas such as education, psychosocial support, and entrepreneurship to overcome situations of violence and gender discrimination.
Why not teach kids that bullies are real, that assholes exist, and the proper way to deal with them, i.e. IGNORE THEM. Rob them of their power. Or, and here’s an even better one: STAND UP FOR YOURSELF.
Rants of a Redman recommends taking the bully by the horns.
ICT Pulse takes a look at the recent decision about net neutrality in the United States and the potential consequences for the Caribbean.
ICT Pulse names the three cybersecurity resolutions it thinks Caribbean organisations should make this year.
Diaspora blogger Afrobella lists “the dumbest excuses we make to avoid exercising.”