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Tax havens and funding the 2030 agenda
Putting an end to tax evasion, tax avoidance and illicit flows of capital is a key element in mobilizing the financial resources needed to progress toward the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In that context, the international ch...
The turmoil and splendor of democracy
“Our constitution is replete with institutions and processes designed to preserve our form of government, to ensure our rights and freedoms, and to protect us from arbitrary rule and its inevitable abuses. “I believe in the resilience and resour...
New uncertainties ahead for Cuba
On November 28, the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, said that “if Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal”. His tweet, which used language seeming...
The business of transparency
It is not only politicians who have a difficulty with transparency; business people may too. There is no doubt that many right-thinking business people would want politicians and government to be accountable. They know that such accountability reduce...
A tale of bahamian economic apartheid?
The word “apartheid” has become synonymous with the injustice perpetrated in South Africa between 1948 and 1991. Nelson Mandela, fondly referred to as Madiba by his people, emerged from the valley of the institutionalized discrimination in that n...
The winds of change, pt. 1
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward Two weeks ago, in this column entitled “Hear Me Roar”, we observed that President-elect Donald Trump was...
Government or politics?
We tend to think that government or governance and politics are identical activities. For me, government refers to the legitimate institutions that formulate the policies that govern and direct the affairs of society. These institutions are based on ...
The trajectory of history is changing
Being able to identify the policy changes that will transform the future is normally far from easy. Arguably, however, in the week past, the remarks of two world leaders make plain how the trajectory of global history is about to change. In a formal...
Black Friday: A demonstration of hope and activism
Looking east from Parliament Square at the building on Bank Lane opposite the Hansard Building during the Black Friday march last week, a single large Bahamas flag flew majestically, snapping in the wind, buoyed by the energy of the exuberant crowd. ...
‘O Jerusalem. How I would have gathered thee’
Jesus once said, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold...
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