CIJN presents stories from our Caribbean region which impact our lives, as we uncover the truth and also recap events which highlight our challenges.
COVID Hub: Jamaica
This podcast series looks at how prepared the Caribbean is for the future and in this episode, we focus on Jamaica.
How is the Jamaican economy bouncing back from the pandemic after the past two years?
05/10/2022 • 21 minutes 44 seconds
COVID-19, Transparency & Accountability in Small-Island States: Trinidad & Tobago
If there's one lesson Trinidad and Tobago can take away from the pandemic, it’s how to build resilience and manage uncertainty. It allowed the government to test its responsiveness to crises and pivot to a constantly changing environment.
Insights into the next steps for the twin island Republic.
05/10/2022 • 13 minutes 43 seconds
The COVID-19 Reset, Barbados
Like all other countries, Barbados, a Caribbean island nation in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, started its journey into the unknown.
In October 2018, after struggling under the burden of debt, Barbados entered into an arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Under its Extend Fund Facility (EFF), the IMF and the Barbados Government developed an agreement called the Barbados Economic Recovery Transformation (BERT) plan.
You know what they say about the best-laid plans. COVID-19 put Barbados on a different course.
05/10/2022 • 21 minutes 7 seconds
Antigua's Future Outlook for 2023
With an estimated $3 million spent on vaccines in 2021, the government is reaping the rewards of that investment and having fully inoculated more than 60% of its population, it has started to remove COVID restrictions. On August 25, 2022, the Cabinet decided to lift quarantine and testing restrictions for both vaccinated and unvaccinated air travellers. What’s next for Antigua?
05/10/2022 • 25 minutes 27 seconds
Caribbean Pandemic: Ponzis & Pyramids
Even as Caribbean authorities wrestle with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators have been scrambling to formulate appropriate responses to an accompanying growth in unlawful pyramid and Ponzi schemes marketed as financial solutions to the impact of restrictive pandemic measures. Listen to how this current epidemic of financial fraud is finding fertile ground in the region.
24/02/2021 • 12 minutes 38 seconds
Venezuela – Where Life is Chaos
Venezuela’s General Election outcome of December 6th 2020 was as expected by many.
It is evident that Venezuela’s future truly is uncertain.
CIJN’s Investigative piece of November 3rd 2020 remains relevant and paints the bleak picture of the chaos inside a country that seems to be disintegrating
CIJN Looks at Venezuela through the eyes of the people who live there and have endured years of corruption and economic hardship.
When Asked to describe their quality of life, an overwhelming 82.5% of Venezuelans chose “Life is Chaos” with only 15% saying “Life is Normal” (15.2%)
15/12/2020 • 32 minutes 7 seconds
With the dismantling of ISIS, Trinidad and Tobago faces the issue of its nationals at camps in Syria.
Their families want them to come home but what infrastructure must exist for their repatriation?
Multiple perspectives on the issue are shared in this podcast.
03/08/2020 • 38 minutes 47 seconds
Human Trafficking: Venezuelan Crisis
With the current demise of Venezuela, the desperation of its people to stay alive had increased.
Many young women have been caught in the web of human trafficking and sex slavery.
31/07/2020 • 20 minutes 1 second
The Muharram Riots
The Hosay Massacre also known as the Muharram Riots of 1884, is an almost lost chapter in the history of Trinidad and Tobago.
We recap the history of this event.