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Reforming our electoral process, pt. 2
“Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.”– Marcus Tullius Cicero As we observed last week, every five years Bahamians go to the p...
Educational improvement or transformation?
Education in the Caribbean seems to experience identical problems of performance of students and the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. In one country, an institution that prepares teachers was said to have only three of its 17 courses accr...
The extraordinary tourism potential of Haiti’s cultural calendar
Last weekend’s carnival climax highlights the immense potential asset of Haiti’s cultural calendar. Haiti has a president, Jovenel Moise; it also has a new prime minister, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, but it does have to wait until it has a government...
Perry Christie: Unhinged, petulant, imperious
Prime Minister Perry Christie rarely apologizes for his public conduct. But he was forced to do so after a making a crude gesture at a PLP event. The photograph of Christie flipping the bird also showed an angry grimace etched on his face, along wit...
When I become prime minister
Relax! This is hardly about me. However, “when I become prime minister” are the most ambitious words in the Bahamian political universe; and what follows them is the most telling. We should begrudge no man or woman for aspiring to become the hea...
A new opportunity for developing China-Bahamas cooperation
As important members of emerging economies and the developing world, Latin American and Caribbean countries play a major role in safeguarding world peace and development and boast huge development potential and bright prospects, making them a rising ...
Tourism is vital to the Caribbean economy
“Tourism is a vital sector to the economies of member states.” So said Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government in the communique that followed their recent inter-sessional meeting in Georgetown, Guyana. Taken at face value the statemen...
Reforming our electoral process, pt. 1
“I believe that democracy is about values before it is about voting. These values must be nurtured within society and integrated into the electoral process itself.” – Tzipi Livni Every five years, Bahamians go to the polls to determi...
Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee!
My love affair with Trinidad and Tobago dates back a few years when I visited that country for carnival. I had such a ball, so strong and so deep that, upon my return home, I made to God the irreverent prayer to send me to Trinidad upon my demise. T...
Opportunities lost: Crime and social intervention
After heated opposition from many, the government postponed parliamentary debate on the Interception of Communications Bill 2017. The bill is touted as a crime-fighting tool and a modernization of legislation related to listening devices, offering pr...
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