Post Tagged with: "Issue 125 (January/February 2014)"

Wishing for Wings, by Debbie Jacob

Caribbean bookshelf (January/February 2014)

This month’s reading picks.

Photograph by Aaron Richards

Caribbean datebook (January/February 2014)

Your guide to Caribbean events in January and February — from Carnival celebrations to literature festivals.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The shot at the mercy gate

Juan Pablo Duarte’s progressive vision for the Dominican Republic sparked the February 1844 insurrection. But, as James Ferguson recounts, it was quickly thwarted by the forces of history.

Barbadian writer Shakirah Bourne. Photograph by Marlon James

Shakirah Bourne: “If we don’t tell our stories, who will?”

Barbadian writer Shakirah Bourne on “holding up a literary mirror” to society — as told to Michelle Springer.

“Misfit” masqueraders in the Vulgar Fraction band. Photograph by Maria Nunes

Robert Young: Carnival in the belly

For designer Robert Young, leader of the “misfit” mas band Vulgar Fraction, the best way to navigate Port of Spain at Carnival time is by following one’s appetites. As told to Zahra Gordon.

At one of Bangkok’s floating markets, vendors offer a dizzying array of vegetables and fruit. Photograph by Nimon/Shutterstock.com

One year in Bangkok

Thailand is half a world away from Svenn Miki Grant’s home in Trinidad. But little moments of connection make a strange place feel familiar.

Photograph by Michael Rolands/Shutterstock.com

Get a grip

Try your head for heights on the dazzling cliffs of western Jamaica.

Gros Piton from the summit of Petit Piton. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Peak conditions: taking on the Caribbean’s mountain ranges

The Caribbean is a region of hills and mountains, not just beaches and bays. Maria Sebastian tackles the double challenge of St Lucia’s Pitons, and Janelle Chanona braves the rigours of Belize’s Victoria Peak. Plus vertical adventures in Cuba, Guyana, Dominica, and Trinidad.

The Cockpit Country’s landscape of rounded hills and deep valleys  is thanks to its limestone geology. Photograph by Martei Korley

Mountains of memory: Jamaica’s Cockpit Country

Centuries after the Maroon wars that shaped its history, Jamaica’s Cockpit Country remains as mysterious as it is beautiful. Michael Robinson traverses this landscape of hills and forest, and finds its inhabitants are proud of their connections to the past.

Photograph by Isabelle Kuehn/Shutterstock.com

Keys to the coral kingdom: protecting Caribbean reefs

The Caribbean’s coral reefs are ecological treaures and economic assets — but they’re also in danger. Nazma Muller learns about a project in Bonaire aimed at restoring these underwater wonders.