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Elections are not won by chance
“Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.” – Marcus Garvey &n...
 
 
Sherlyn Hall’s titillation and incompetence
The incompetence and bumbling failure of Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall to get the gender equality referendum tallies out in an efficient and timely manner was bad enough. One journalist spoke of the mass chaos at the Parliamentary Registrat...
 
 
Time to be fish or fowl
Dr. Hubert Minnis, leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), effectively ousted the so-called “Rebel Seven” from the FNM, and they effectively left the party. Now each must be what he or she must be. No matter what anyone says, the FNM is not ...
 
 
Majority Rule: Fifty years later
“In a democracy, the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.” – Aristotle   Fifty years ago tomorrow, a new era was ushered into Bahamian history. For the first ti...
 
 
Shedding the scales of the revolution
The events that led to the formation of the first black majority government remain a celebrated moment in modern Bahamian history. Many trace its genesis to the Burma Road Riot, the organizing efforts of the taxi union, the brave and determined suff...
 
 
The Caribbean must help erase and correct the colossal Columbus lie
As they’ve always done for as long as all alive can remember, Saint Lucians on December 13 celebrated a dubious “National Day” holiday on a date with no place in the island’s history. For centuries, December 13 was celebrated here as “Disc...
 
 
A moment for careful reflection
Few people understand how great the daily pressures are on a prime minister or president. Instead they mostly observe the public persona, see their leaders in the context of tribal politics and are variously entertained or exercised by the media cove...
 
 
Christie and PLP responsible for looming economic disaster
Perry Christie has been a supreme disaster as prime minister, a job he covets with all his being, but for which he has conclusively proven he is woefully out of his depth. He is the worst head of government since the advent of internal self-rule, a ...
 
 
The unfortunate politics of S&P downgrades, pt. 2
Since 2008, credit ratings agencies have downgraded The Bahamas some six times, twice under the Ingraham administration and four times under the Christie administration. What could the administrations have done to avoid these downgrades? This is not...
 
 
Christie’s push to improve healthcare for all Bahamians
Early in his career, he recalled a personal experience that shaped his commitment to improving the accessibility of healthcare to all Bahamians. It is a story sewn deeply into his journey in public life captured in the reality of a 14-year-old girl a...
 
 
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