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Janine Mendes-Franco

I am a media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. I blog at WIM. My Twitter handle is @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco

17 November 2014

Jamaican Sexism Flexes Its Muscles as Gender Gaffes Stir Public Outrage

Most recently, the misogynistic ideas of some of Jamaica's leading men, in both the public and private sectors, has entered the public spotlight.

5 November 2014

‘When I Think of Trinidad, I See It in Technicolor': A New Music-Theatre Work Takes the Stage

Global Voices continues its conversation with the show's librettist, Caitlyn Kamminga, and its composer, Dominique Le Gendre.

4 November 2014

A Starboy is Born as Trinidad and Tobago Gets a New Work of Music-Theatre

GV sits down with some of the people behind "Jab Molassie," a daring new play premiering this Thursday in Port of Spain.

3 November 2014

A Stretch of Asphalt Where Our Freedoms Should Be

The Bridge

Somewhere, lost in the brouhaha over a controversial stretch of highway in Trinidad, a protestor's hunger strike and misinterpretations of a key report, is the real point of it all.

30 October 2014

Pioneering Trinidad & Tobago TV Personality Hazel Ward-Redman Remembered

Hazel Ward-Redman, who showcased the musical and artistic talent of young Trinbagonians through her television shows, has passed away. Fans and protégés pay their respects.

24 October 2014

Hitting Below the Belt? Trinidad & Tobago President Tries to Gag Comedian Over Jokes About First Lady

A president, a first lady and a comedian walk into a bar...and what happens next, no-one could have anticipated. Did good-natured teasing hit below the belt?

21 October 2014

As Pressure Mounts in Trinidad ‘Re-Route’ Protest, Pro-Highway Supporters Get Nasty

An anonymous group, "Citizens4dhighway", places a malicious ad in a local daily designed to look like a newspaper report intended to belittle Dr. Kublalsingh's hunger strike. The outcry continues.

16 October 2014

Too Late for Jamaican Government to ‘Kiss and Make Up’ When It Comes to Chikungunya

As the prime minister admits that Chikungunya has caused a "national emergency" in Jamaica, people remain dissatisfied with the government's efforts to educate citizens and contain the disease.

10 October 2014

If Activists Were Prime Ministers, the Hunger Strike Over the Highway in Trinidad Would Be Over

A satirical video dealing with the Highway Re-Route Movement's protest over the construction of part of a bypass, calls out the government's "commitment to truth vs. spin”.

8 October 2014

Jamaicans Are Now So Familiar with Chikungunya Virus They're Calling It Chik-V

The country's health ministry has faced criticism for its handling of an outbreak of Chikungunya, a virus spread by mosquitoes that causes high fever and severe joint pain.

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