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The fiction and fantasy of Perryland
We are living in a tale of at least two countries with starkly parallel realities. In the experience of the vast majority of Bahamians, the country continues to sink to new lows, with few hopeful signs. For many, it is the worst of times. Many Baham...
 
 
Did Andre Rollins hijack the Bahamian Parliament?
There’s a lot of talk lately on radio shows, in social media, in grocery stores, in line at the chicken shacks, on bank lines and in private and government offices around Nassau about what Dr. Andre Rollins did or didn’t do, said or shouldn’t h...
 
 
Confronting the real issue(s) in the gender equality debate pt. 2
This piece concludes a series that has sought to unravel some of the issues raised during the current debate on gender equality. The positive feedback and support from both men and women following the publication of the first part has been overwhelmi...
 
 
Leaving the nest
“Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.They come through you but not from you,And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”– Kahlil Gibran (Author’s note: This tim...
 
 
Black is the new green
Our disconnect Who could have imagined the U.S. making a tremendous move into the African continent, expanding its economic reach? Often when we conceptualize any U.S. moves in the African region, we think of them being connected to situations such...
 
 
The state of democracy in the world
If you are complaining about the Haitian legislature that spends its time doing nothing or blocking the forthcoming election on spurious arguments of constitutionality, go and read Gail Collins in her column in The New York Times: “The road to road...
 
 
Guarding against VAT fraud
Value-added tax (VAT) is a very attractive form of taxation for most governments simply because of the “catch all quality” of this particular tax mechanism. VAT is a form of consumption tax. From the perspective of the buyer, it is a tax on the ...
 
 
Butler-Turner demonstrates leadership while Christie and Minnis flounder
During debate in the House of Assembly on the upcoming referendum, in yet another display of astonishingly mangled syntax, pronunciation and thinking, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis spoke of “a quagmire of web”. As is generally the case, Ba...
 
 
Has Christianity liberated Bahamian women?
The chaplain at the House of Assembly, in one of his opening prayers last week and as a prelude to the continued debate on the equality of women and the proposed bills to amend The Bahamas constitution, said “Christianity has liberated women”. I...
 
 
Confronting the real issue(s) in the gender equality debate, pt. 1
As one listens to public commentaries on the new hot topic of gender equality and the upcoming referendum, it is almost impossible to refrain from saying “Here we go again”. This is because we have developed the habit of inserting politics into e...
 
 
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