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Downgrading The Bahamas, pt. 3
“Progressive economic policies lead to a sustainable economy.” – Keith Ellison   Two weeks ago, in part one of this series, we noted that in December 2016 Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) revised the outlook on its long-t...
The View from Europe: The message in President Trump’s Mexico policy
One of the few issues about which the new president of the United States has been consistent is his approach towards Mexico. Ever since his extraordinary electoral campaign first began, he has made his intention clear. He would build a wall to stop ...
Is a culture of democracy lacking in the Caribbean?
In the Caribbean, we tend to think that democracy came with universal adult suffrage. And we have been exercising this with varying levels of participation. Voting at elections has not only become a tradition, but an expectation, part of our civic du...
Perry Christie’s tragic and undemocratic legacy
Perry Christie is not much of a democrat. He has been bad for Bahamian democracy, both in terms of party politics and our system of government. During his years in office he has become more undemocratic, his lust for power growing by leaps and bound...
‘I knew a man once’
The world is full of males, but short on men. What’s a male? A male, at least to my mind, is a human being with a Y chromosome in his genetic makeup and usually born with that peculiar baby-making organ by which so many falsely define manhood. As ...
Majority Rule Day
As the famed Majority Rule Day 2017 loomed large, it seemed significant that so much of what government was celebrating has been falling apart. The Bahamas is becoming increasingly like Jamaica, a country that has been downgraded and is now totally ...
Downgrading The Bahamas, pt. 2
Last week, in part one of this series, we noted that in December 2016 Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) revised the outlook on its long-term rating on the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to BB+ (speculative or “junk” grade) from BBB- (in...
There is no ‘other’
It was painfully disheartening to read about Jimmy Palacious’ shameful pronouncement that black people “breed too much”. It was all too reminiscent of Richard Lightbourn’s equally disrespectful and demeaning comments, demonstrating a total la...
Register to vote: Ambivalence, resilience and democracy
After the sudden passing of a relative a friend was asked the cause of the death. He noted that the proximate cause was a heart attack brought on by the ambivalence of his relative when it came to his health. Life is a constant struggle for survival...
‘Bitching and complaining’
Leadership is not easy. Ask Prime Minister Perry Christie. Ask former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Ask a pastor. Ask a boss. Ask a responsible parent. And yes, leadership is difficult at times, because the most difficult issue you face is colleagu...
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