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The media and the linguistic divide
In the middle of last month Danilo Medina was sworn in as president of the Dominican Republic for a second term. His inauguration was attended by many senior figures from the Americas including the prime minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne, who earl...
Political fracturing as major crises confront The Bahamas
We are beset by deep economic and social crises, and relatedly beset by a paralyzing political crisis, with political leaders woefully incapable of responding with urgency and imagination to a myriad of economic and social problems. In the PLP and i...
Finding prosperity for our nation continued
Last week, we looked at five of 12 things we can do to reverse our nation’s plummeting prosperity. We discussed: (1) increasing international visitors; (2) increasing our permanent resident population; (3) mobilizing investments in the pipeline; (4...
Is The Bahamas a government country?
The contrast between the proverbial planets on which groupings of individuals within The Bahamas reside is startling. Depending on the political affiliation of a person engaged in a discussion on national matters, it is not unusual to hear opposing a...
From politics to policy
The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not. – Niccolo Machiavelli We have less than a year before we fully embark upon “the silly season” o...
Has politics become delinquent?
Caribbean systems of governance have been undergoing serious critique because of their perceived dysfunctionality in delivering economic and social goods, and protecting the lives and property of citizens who are at the core of the social contract. T...
A new regional context for tourism
A few days ago, Karolin Troubetzkoy, the president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), spoke to the media about some of the challenges that she believes now face the tourism sector in the region; the industry that in recent years h...
Emperor Christie’s world of absurdity and delusion
Hocus pocus: “Meaningless talk or activity, often designed to draw attention away from and disguise what is happening.” Battered, bruised and politically bloodied by the spectacular collapse of Baha Mar, mostly the result of the blisteri...
Finding prosperity for our nation
Last week this column discussed the decline of our national prosperity and the pride we once had in it. We noted our bleak economic conditions and the limited hope for improvement. In the end, we asked: What can we do to make things better? In this e...
Building a smart Bahamas
Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “the only thing that is constant is change”. The irony of this quote, which is a reality, is the fact that one of mankind’s greatest fears is change. Moreover, the paralysis brought...
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