• Puerto Rico: a Colony or a Country?

    It appears that the legacy of colonialism has not been completely exorcised from Caribbean society. Puerto Rico has been under the rule of the United States (US) since 1898, and today, Puerto Ricans are rising up against what many consider a blatant attempt at neo-colonialism and furtherance of systemic...
  • Hypocrisy and Homofobia

    In 2006, Time Magazine called Jamaica ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’. Violence and hate crimes targeting members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community along with harsh anti-gay sentiments in Jamaican dancehall music  had earned the country that title. The country is among several in the...
  • BREXIT and the Caribbean: a Case of Dependency

    From Belize in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south, and the array of beautiful island nations between, Caribbean people share a crucial characteristic which has shaped the Caribbean identity existing today – a tumultuous history of slavery and indentureship. African slavery and European colonisation in the...
  • Dancehall: Dream or Nightmare?

    At any time of day, from just about every street corner, bus or car, the loud pulsating beats can be heard around Jamaica. The hypnotic beats and unwieldy lyrics reverberate with the intensity of the people with whom it has long become synonymous. Dancehall music is a genre of...
  • The Quandary of Child Marriage in the Caribbean

    “If you educate your girls you will have everything in the future” were the words issued by Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi. Theresa successfully annulled 850 child marriages in Malawi in the past three years, saving girls as young as twelve years old...
  • Sun, Sea and Sex Slaves

    Human trafficking, often called modern day slavery, is a serious violation of human rights which affects almost every country in the world to varying degrees. More than 130 countries are affected by human trafficking, including in the Caribbean. High rates of poverty in some Caribbean countries coupled with demands...
  • A Climate Promise is a Comfort to a Fool

    “Don’t give something and then take it back, otherwise, you’ll get a boil on your eye,” is a very common saying in Trinidad and Tobago. It speaks to the practice of keeping one’s promises and being true and genuine in all giving. On Earth Day 2016, 177 countries officially...
  • China: the Panacea for the Caribbean

    According to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) the most recently completed showpiece of Chinese engineering in Jamaica, the North-South section of Highway 2000 is 66 kilometres long and allows motorists to travel from the capital city Kingston to the resort town of Ocho Rios in less than an hour....
  • Cleansing Rape Culture from Society

    Some might think that the phrase “rape culture,” is simply an exaggerated myth made up by angry, man-hating, bra-burning feminists to push their own agenda. However, they could not be more wrong. It is real and it is prevalent in Caribbean society. Trinidad and Tobago is known all around...
  • A Trinidadian and a Jamaican Walked Into COP21

    It’s easy to spot Caribbean people. They tend to be the ones walking as though they’re dancing, speaking as though every word is part of a melody, and unable to keep their hands out of the conversation. These musical talents were put to use in the ‘1.5 to stay alive’...
Caribbean Connections

Caribbean Connections is meant to provide the world with information concerning gender, climate change and the environment, development, and social issues in the Caribbean. Our writers share insight from a youth perspective and critically analyse these issues with a solution-oriented approach, connecting people to the islands through the stories of the region but also in these stories exploring connections between the islands and the world at large.

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Words In The Bucket is a team of global citizens with the common goal of raising awareness and information about issues related to human rights protection, social inclusion, development and environment.

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