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Payback doesn’t pay back: U.S.-Cuba compensation claims
Before 1959, three-fourths of Cuba’s arable land was owned by U.S. corporations and citizens. The two nations were so tightly bound that Cuba’s economic policies were practically guided by U.S. interests alone. However, after dictator Fulgencio B...
It is generally accepted that most human beings live average lives – meaning, when compared to their fellow human beings there is little about their achievements, good or bad, that make them stand out. For instance, of the 60,000 students in the pu...
Collapse of hope: Growing contempt for major parties
Last week, a vulgar, crude and disgusting rap song assailing a senior politician and his party went viral. While the musicians may be within their legal rights, the lyrics soil our political discourse. The song is artistically adolescent, attempting...
It is time for a new CARICOM policy on marijuana
At the end of July, 11 individuals received jail sentences in Havana of between 15 to 30 years for attempting to traffic narcotics into Cuba from Jamaica. The convictions followed a number of co-ordinated operations to stop go-fast boats arriving wit...
An open letter to Bahamian politicians
This piece is penned as an open letter to those who labor in the vineyard of public service in general but leaders in the political arena in particular. However, it is important that I commence this piece by denouncing in the strongest words possible...
The philosopher king
• Author’s note: This article was adapted from a column that was first published on September 21, 2009. Since majority rule 49 years ago, three persons have led this country, each with his unique strengths and weaknesses, and each with h...
Cuba – a momentary darkness?
As has been widely reported, Cuba has entered a new period of austerity. On July 8, President Castro told the Cuban National Assembly that Cuban economic growth had slowed to one percent in the first half of 2016 compared with 4.7 percent over the s...
Political party reform
The Conservative Party in the United Kingdom is one of the more successful political parties in history. The Tories’ success is due in large measure to its internal culture and conventions, party structures and party discipline. There is much that...
Christie and Minnis are co-dependents
Prime Minister Perry Christie and Dr. Hubert Minnis both need each other to realize their diametrically opposed ambitions in the upcoming general election. Christie needs Minnis to keep power and Minnis needs Christie to have any shot at taking power...
Can we dare to dream in The Bahamas again?
Growing up on a small archipelagic nation, Bahamians have a choice as to how they see themselves and the world around them. We can choose to focus on the dots that portray our chain of islands on a map of the world and limit our dreams to the invisib...
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