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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...
Too much to lose, pt. 2
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato Three weeks ago we published an article entitled “The Philosopher King”, in which we observed that “in o...
The View from Europe: Rebalancing the Chinese economic relationship
Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper “Chinese rise in the Caribbean – What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?”. Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean commentators ha...
Assertive politics and liberation
Caribbean politics has become a matter of routine, and somewhat predictable. There are the usual inter-party struggles, but not in a manner that threatens the stability of the party or political system. When elections approach, there is infighting ov...
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