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China-Taiwan issue trumps Caribbean co-operation
China may still be classified as a “developing” country because of its per capita income, but that is as far as the description is pertinent. In almost every other way China is in the league of developed nations. The World Bank gives China’s p...
In search of a regional frontier
Much has been discussed about what type of political and economic integration is desirable for the Caribbean region. On one hand, Caribbean leaders are struggling to create strategies to get there. On the other, are these strategies really working ...
Cuban migrants: Testing Bahamian foreign policy
The strategic location of The Bahamas archipelago, sharing maritime borders with the U.S. and Cuba, has posed a particular test for Bahamian foreign policy since independence. We are geographically bracketed between the two countries. We are also o...
Water, the salt of the earth
I was speaking recently with Charles (Baby) St. Remy, the father of the first lady of Haiti, who is running to become senator of his state, Artibonite. Inquiring as to what he sees as the most important need of his catchment areas, he told me withou...
Are we there yet?
The numerous announcements on imminent foreign direct investments (FDIs) expected in The Bahamas over the coming months creates a sense of optimism and enthusiasm that the local economy will be getting some much-needed boost. The general feeling is ...
Will Ingraham return?
“What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.” – George Bernard Shaw, “Pygmalion” Twenty-one years ago today the Free National Movement (FNM), led by former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) chairman, member of Parliament and Cabinet m...
Improving the flavor of the Chinese menu in the Caribbean
There is a school of thought in China that the country’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean should be on a “holistic and integrated co-operation platform”. In other words, China should treat the ‘Caribbean’ and ‘Latin Am...
Caribbean in reparations fever
The microscope has been focused on the black man over the last few months, as the reparations debate has taken on a feverish momentum at the government and people level across the Caribbean. Since St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ra...
The politics of the stem cell debate
If one were to conduct a word association exercise or produce a word cloud on the stem cell debate, the following phrases may feature prominently: health care, Peter Nygard, money-making scheme, medical research, political donations, opposition walko...
Emancipation for all
“Am I not a man and a brother?” Few of us will remember where this phrase comes from, but we will celebrate the passing of the Emancipation Act. Emancipation from slavery – a system that said black people, transported from Africa, were not equ...
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