Stay-at-home orders accompanied by rise in domestic violence in Trinidad & Tobago

“As with any crisis, women remain particularly vulnerable…”Trinidad and Tobago’s Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, speaking at the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Gender-Based Violence Unit on January 21, 2020. Screenshot taken from a YouTube video of the event uploaded on the TTPoliceService channel. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the … Continue reading “Stay-at-home orders accompanied by rise in domestic violence in Trinidad & Tobago”

‘Export restrictions’ prevent US ventilators from reaching Barbados — but citizens question tactics

Several countries have accused the US of not playing fairCOVID-19 masks; image by Prachatai on Flickr; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries face a growing need to access critical medical supplies like test kits, personal protective equipment and ventilators — much of which has to be imported. The rush to … Continue reading “‘Export restrictions’ prevent US ventilators from reaching Barbados — but citizens question tactics”

Will the rejection of this Jamaican dancehall star’s murder appeal make him ‘even more of a martyr’?

Vybz Kartel: Victim? Brilliant lyricist? Dangerous influence?Screenshot of Vybz Kartel taken from the official YouTube video of his song “World Government”. On the morning of April 3, 2020, the constant flow of news about COVID-19 took a slight pause — at least in Jamaica — as the local appeal court handed down judgment on the … Continue reading “Will the rejection of this Jamaican dancehall star’s murder appeal make him ‘even more of a martyr’?”

Caribbean cooking in the time of COVID-19

A Caribbean diaspora blogger on lockdown tries some culinary favouritesChanna (ckickpeas), beans, and “roti” (a Trinidadian hybrid of a soft naan bread). Photo by Isle Chile, used with permission. Each Caribbean territory has its own individual customs, quirks, and cultural and social traditions. Naturally, this extends to cuisine. Jamaica, for instance, is known for its … Continue reading “Caribbean cooking in the time of COVID-19”

April Fool’s Day, COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘recalcitrant minority’

My brothers and I responded: ‘Damn.’ We know the historical weight of the term. Image of Dr. Eric Williams by Joop van Bilsen / Anefo – http://proxy.handle.net/10648/aa1a0844-d0b4-102d-bcf8-003048976d84, CC0, Link. Screenshot from Dictionary.com. Remixed by Georgia Popplewell. The original version of this piece was published on the author’s blog. You might be shocked to learn how … Continue reading “April Fool’s Day, COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘recalcitrant minority’”

Guinée, la vie est belle pour Teodorin Obiang

Notre confrère Helvétique Le Temps, dans un article ci-joint, nous informe que Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mangue, appelé communément Teodorin ou Teddy, n’a que faire des décisions de justice, notamment celle venant de Suisse. Le 29 septembre 2019, ses 25 bolides, qui avaient été saisis, furent vendues aux enchères à Genève pour 23,4 millions d’euros. L’acheteur … Continue reading “Guinée, la vie est belle pour Teodorin Obiang”

When Two Judges Knocked Down Sentences to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, Amy Klobuchar’s Office Appealed and Won

Between June 1, 1997, and October 31, 1998, Elsayed Salim and his wife dutifully filled out paperwork they needed to file with the state to receive financial support and food stamps for their family. Salim didn’t realize, he later said, citing a language barrier, that income from a second side job also needed to be … Continue reading “When Two Judges Knocked Down Sentences to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, Amy Klobuchar’s Office Appealed and Won”

Cambridge Analytica: a Salesgirl’s Report

Photograph Source: Book Catalog – CC BY 2.0 Much has been written about the murky world of the UK PR firm Cambridge Analytica – a company acting by stealth which furnished the propaganda behind successes like the election of Donald Trump along with the British vote for Brexit. One of the faces that Alexander Nix, … Continue reading “Cambridge Analytica: a Salesgirl’s Report”

La France ajoute cinq Etats et deux territoires d’outre-mer à sa liste noire des paradis fiscaux

Par un arrêté ministériel daté du 6 janvier, la France a mis à jour sa liste des Etats et territoires non coopératifs en matière fiscale. Celle-ci compte désormais 13 Etats ou territoires. Parmi les sept nouveaux entrants on compte le Sultanat d’Oman, les îles Fidji, les îles Samoa, Trinité-et-Tobago, le Vanuatu, et deux territoires non-incorporés … Continue reading “La France ajoute cinq Etats et deux territoires d’outre-mer à sa liste noire des paradis fiscaux”

Germany to import nurses from Ghana

London, Nov. 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Germany is considering the importation of trained nurses from Ghana to help in the provision of proper healthcare in that country. Dietnar Brockes, Chairman of the Committee for European and International Affairs, State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal State of Germany, made the disclosure in Kumasi when he led a delegation … Continue reading “Germany to import nurses from Ghana”

Comment l’Europe a tué Casablanca finance city

Le Maroc a fini par se plier aux conditions de l’Union européenne en matière de fiscalité là où l’on était en droit d’attendre un acte de résistance à ce qui ressemble à un diktat. La marche-arrière du Maroc  transparait clairement dans certaines dispositions du projet de loi de Finances présenté dans la  soirée du lundi … Continue reading “Comment l’Europe a tué Casablanca finance city”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 4/4

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 2 août 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru Il importe, en s’employant à prédire les contours de toute revitalisation de la Fédération des Indes occidentales, de garder en tête que cette entité supposée comprendra probablement trois parties primaires constituant un « Bloc Atlantique », l’OÉCO, et la Jamaïque, ce qui constituera fondamentalement une intégration … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 4/4”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 3/4

Par Andrew Korybko −Le 24 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru Le troisième chapitre de notre recherche va se pencher sur les organisations d’intégration régionale qui opèrent dans les Caraïbes, et le dernier chapitre de cette série d’articles conclura par une proposition d’anticipation sur le cadre que la Fédération des Indes Occidentales, organisation qui échoua dans … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 3/4”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 2/4

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 18 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru À présent que les fondamentaux géographiques et stratégiques des Caraïbes sont connus, nous pouvons développer un peu plus la place des îles/pays de la région dans le grand jeu. Cet article fait partie d’une série de quatre. Lire d’abord la première partie. Les îles Lucayes … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 2/4”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 1/4

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 12 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru On pense généralement à la Mer des Caraïbes comme à un « lac étasunien » séparant les deux continents américains, et cette zone a de fait subi en pratique l’influence exclusive de Washington depuis le début du XXème siècle. Cuba constitue bien sûr l’exception à cette … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 1/4”

Akufo-Addo’s stocks reach top gear ahead of election, secures job for 375 Ghanaian nurses in Barbados

London, June 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ghana President, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo’s rising popularity ahead next general election has continued unabated with many populist programmes While his team and teeming supporters are still basking in the glory that the secured the release of a Ghanaian prison in Trinidad and Tobago few days ago, the charming president has scored … Continue reading “Akufo-Addo’s stocks reach top gear ahead of election, secures job for 375 Ghanaian nurses in Barbados”

Two lucky Nigerians to be released from Trinidad Prison after plea from Ghana president, Akufo-Addo

London, June 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two Nigerians jailed for immigration offences in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago are to be pardoned and released after the intervention of visiting Ghanaian President  Akufo-Addo President Akuffo-Addo who was on a five day state visit to the country had brokered a deal with the Prime Minister of Trinidad … Continue reading “Two lucky Nigerians to be released from Trinidad Prison after plea from Ghana president, Akufo-Addo”

Harappa to Japan: The Story of Curry & How It Got Its Name

As a Bengali who grew up in Goa, fish curry is not just a dish; it is a sentiment. Whether it was Bengal’s maacher jhol or Goa’s xitt codi, I grew up savouring fish curry as my staple lunch for years. And even when I left my hometown for college, the distinct flavour of these … Continue reading “Harappa to Japan: The Story of Curry & How It Got Its Name”

L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama

Moment exceptionnel que ce cinquième Sommet des Amériques qui, réunissant trente-quatre nations (tous les pays de la région sauf Cuba), s’est tenu les 18 et 19 avril à Port-of-Spain, dans l’île de Trinité-et-Tobago. Après la rencontre de Mar del Plata (Argentine), en novembre 2005, au cours de laquelle des milliers de manifestants conspuèrent M. George … Continue reading “L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama”

In the Caribbean, colonialism and inequality mean hurricanes hit harder

A satellite image of Hurricane Irma spiraling through the Caribbean. NOAA/APHurricane Maria, the 15th tropical depression this season, is now battering the Caribbean, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the region. The devastation in Dominica is “mind-boggling,” wrote the country’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Facebook just after midnight on September 19. … Continue reading “In the Caribbean, colonialism and inequality mean hurricanes hit harder”