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The politics of poverty and prosperity in The Bahamas
"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of." — Confucius, Chinese teacher and philosopher.   In our country’s elections, the so-called “poor man...
 
 
A classic back-to-school letter
As my children returned to school this fall, after a long and eventful summer, I could not help but reflect upon the sentiments expressed in a letter that has been attributed to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. While there have been numerous debates ...
 
 
Is political correctness desirable behavior?
The idea of the need for political correctness has emerged during the primary elections in the U.S.A., and continues in the presidential election stretch. It was linked to Donald Trump in his not-too-complimentary remarks about the facial looks of a ...
 
 
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...
 
 
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