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Prime Minister Loretta Butler Turner?
In two years we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black Tuesday, a highly controversial event at the time, with no immediate sense then of how the event would resonate or backfire. On April 27, 1965, Sir Lynden Pindling threw the speaker’s ma...
Lawlessness in The Bahamas
The apparent lawlessness that Bahamians fear is destabilizing their country has its roots in a much more obvious place than Kemp Road, Nassau Village or Bain Town. According to the politicians, crime is down. However, lawlessness is up. Murders an...
Flying on our own wings: The Buckingham story
Alis Volans Propriis, which means “Flying On Our Own Wings”, is the motto of Britain’s foremost private university. This motto clearly and adequately describes an institution that has effectively distinguished itself as a model in the area of ...
The looming financial earthquake, pt. 2
“Big Brother is watching you.” – George Orwell’s “1984” Last week, we examined the 300 year history of Swiss bank secrecy which is being assiduously assaulted by governments of the United States and the European Union in what ca...
Rethinking taxing tourism
Are governments in the Caribbean killing the goose that lays the golden egg? This question relates to the number of taxes that governments are applying to the tourism industry and, particularly, to the cost of airplane tickets for flights originatin...
To fight crime, start with the numbers
The Caribbean region is battling crime and violence. According to 2011 United Nations (U.N.) data, out of 25 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, 17 have murder levels that are comparable to a country facing an epidemic. Eight of these s...
The emergence of Loretta Butler-Turner
It was the slap heard down to Inagua, the reverberations of which will ripple across the political spectrum for some time, potentially signaling the emergence of FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner as a major political force. Fort Charlotte MP D...
Gender inequality in the Caribbean: A sad story
Christianity, it has been argued, “changed the world, established the roots of civilization and advanced the general well -being of humanity.” Astoundingly enough, it now seems that the Christian thought that evolved from the fiery preaching of ...
Boys to men: A deficient rite of passage for the Bahamian male?
In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a national holiday in the United States of America. The day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and The Bahamas, like many other nations, has adopted this t...
The looming financial earthquake, pt. 1
“Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald For centuries, Switzerland has basked in the radiance of its pre-eminence as a powerhouse of precision, reflected in its superlative ch...
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