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The inevitability of income taxes for The Bahamas
“The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein For the greater part of the 20th century, The Bahamas was referred to as a tax haven because we could boast that, in addition to our blessings of bount...
Turning point for energy security in the Caribbean
Caribbean countries have quietly started a green revolution and are now leading the way for other small island developing states in the global effort to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius. While challenges remain, five months...
Equality for whom?
Violence and domination through discourse (language) and bullying have become commonplace in our small society. We often talk about our independence and our success at promoting popular advancement, but if we really begin to investigate further we se...
Bearing the progressive mantle
Paradoxically, Pastor Cedric Moss is both correct and incorrect. In an Op-Ed published on April 16, he wrote that we are having a “dishonest debate” about “gender equality”. This is true, but not on the grounds that Moss provides. Moss advis...
Equality referendum: Apathy, prejudice and payback
The upcoming referendum is about equality. But the passage of the four questions will be difficult in the face of apathy, prejudice and payback, all of which are drowning out the message of equality and inclusion. There is a virulent and deeply embe...
It’s not all politics but it’s plenty political
Elections are coming and many Bahamians believe that their fortunes will change with a change in government. There are literally thousands of Bahamians who believe that the situation they are in, particularly their economic situation, has to do with ...
Gender equality referendum conjures controversy and confusion
The ongoing debate on gender equality and the upcoming referendum has taken an interesting turn over the past week. It would be an understatement to state that the proposed four bills have invoked much emotion, brought some quiet voices back to life ...
The State Department report on human rights: another perspective
“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.” – Jimmy Carter Last week, we addressed the U.S. State Department 2015 report on the state of human rights practices in The Bahamas. The report...
Why Haiti needs to focus on building a startup ecosystem
Haiti’s economy is sinking fast and foreign aid will not be the answer. Here’s why. Can you name one non-profit that has transformed an economy without the for-profit business umbrella? The answer is probably no, or at least not one that easily ...
Equality referendum and religious leaders
In a rare and hope-filled moment in public life, several religious leaders convened a press conference on Tuesday to announce their support for the four questions in the upcoming equality referendum. The conference was held at the Roman Catholic Arch...
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