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The costs of freedom
After emancipation, our enslavement mutated from a 100 percent physically bound condition to a 100 percent mentally bound condition and, like a legitimate mental illness, this psychological deficiency displays itself as hereditary. We have it and we...
Time to suspend all campaigns for one vital campaign
General elections in The Bahamas are normally held every five years at which time the characteristic fanfare and excitement often overshadow the messages of the parties seeking the votes of the electorate. The election season is often viewed as a maj...
A flower called Fowler
“A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.”Carly Simon Over the weekend, the community of Englerston paid its final respects to a wonderful woman, who, for most of her life, resided in the constituency ...
Happy chikungunya and welcome to Haiti’s fiesta season
I remember the exact date I had my encounter with chikungunya fever; it was on May 1, when I had just returned from the May Day agricultural fair organized every year in Haiti by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Agriculture. The first sympto...
Trim the fat
With all the talk of value-added tax (VAT) and huge deficits and the need for revenue, there needs to be more talk about curbing expenditure, cutting costs and reducing the size of the civil service. We have a largely inefficient public sector that i...
LOL: Christie to ‘learn from mistakes’
Prime Minister Perry Christie either has an irrepressible sense of humor or he dwells mostly in the realm of make-believe and delusion. With a disastrous do-little term from 2002 to 2007, in significant ways an even worse two and a half years in his...
Feminist: The other F-word?
Fuming and trying hard not to cuss, I dialed Guardian Radio hoping that, at six minutes to 9 a.m. when the show was about to end and I should have really been walking out my door to get somewhere for the same time, I could still get through to say my...
The will and the modern Bahamian family
The composition of the modern Bahamian family is a stark contrast to the Bahamian family of yesteryear. Traditionally, this family was described as “nuclear” and consisted of a mother, father and their children. Today, the average Bahamian househ...
It's time for proactive participation on gender equality
The level of involvement of the populace in matters of national importance is at an all-time high in at least the last decade. This participation has been accompanied by a renewed spate of activism and advocacy by Bahamians from all walks of life, ac...
“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”– Ludwig Wittgenstein The English language is extremely interesting and instructive. Words are considered one of the best means of communication and we often appreciate that words can be...
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