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Solidarity on Black Friday: Come out and demonstrate
After the release of the Panama Papers, which revealed damaging information about the Icelandic prime minister, thousands demonstrated in front of Parliament to demand his resignation. He resigned in short order. Iceland’s population is approximat...
The politics of transparency in government
Do politicians in The Bahamas really want transparency in government? Does the government really want transparency in government? Yes and no. Transparency means being open to public scrutiny. It means that politicians in particular, and the governmen...
Dysfunction of the Great Bahamian Orchestra
The holiday season is upon us and it appears that the year has gone by so fast. Truly the saying “time waits on no man” provides us with a harsh reality daily. While we celebrate good times as a nation and count ourselves as being blessed – par...
Giving thanks and demonstrating gratitude
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”– Henry David Thoreau This week, Americans will celebrate a holiday that Bahamians do not officially recognize, except in certain pockets of our community. This celeb...
The Caribbean university: A plantation, the master’s house?
In Caribbean history the plantation and the master’s house are associated with slavery, its structure and a set of imposed values. Many Caribbean scholars maintain that these structures remain in place in a subtle way, with changes designed to pres...
The coming revelation of a Trump presidency
The Donald Trump presidency is going to be a wild ride that will amaze, disgust, frighten and amuse many observers, likely on a weekly, if not nearly, daily basis. Details of the presidential transition alone have already shocked many, despite the a...
What lessons did Donald Trump’s election teach?
Donald J. Trump, the billionaire celebrity political outsider, was elected president of the United States of America on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, much to the chagrin of many people around the world. I was in America on that fateful day. For multipl...
Langston Hughes’ ‘Let America be America Again’
Dismay, shock and stun on the one hand, coupled with glee and satisfaction on the other are just a few words that could be used to describe the emotions or feelings of individuals in America and across the globe as their eyes were glued to television...
Hear me roar!
“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own i...
The view from Europe: The region is ill-prepared for President Trump
Dispossessed by economic globalization, faced with growing economic inequality, and wanting change, the people of the United States have elected Donald Trump to be their president. In doing so, they voted for the unknown, for rhetoric that may or may...
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