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Prosperity lost
You know, there was a time when we were a proudly prosperous people. Wherever we went in the world we took pride in our economic fortunes. It was no secret. We were the financial jewel in the crown of the Caribbean. We were the envy of developing cou...
 
 
Government intervention in the private sector
The indomitable and admirable spirit of the Bahamian was on full display during the recently concluded Summer Olympics in Rio. We commend all of our athletes that represented us with distinction whether they obtained a medal or not. A grateful nation...
 
 
Too much to lose, pt. 1
“The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”– Edmund Burke   Last week we published an article entitled The Philosopher King. In that article, we observed that “in our modern Bahamas, our smartes...
 
 
Payback doesn’t pay back: U.S.-Cuba compensation claims
Before 1959, three-fourths of Cuba’s arable land was owned by U.S. corporations and citizens. The two nations were so tightly bound that Cuba’s economic policies were practically guided by U.S. interests alone. However, after dictator Fulgencio B...
 
 
Payback doesn’t pay back: U.S.-Cuba compensation claims
Before 1959, three-fourths of Cuba’s arable land was owned by U.S. corporations and citizens. The two nations were so tightly bound that Cuba’s economic policies were practically guided by U.S. interests alone. However, after dictator Fulgencio B...
 
 
Shaunae’s exceptionalism
It is generally accepted that most human beings live average lives – meaning, when compared to their fellow human beings there is little about their achievements, good or bad, that make them stand out. For instance, of the 60,000 students in the pu...
 
 
Collapse of hope: Growing contempt for major parties
Last week, a vulgar, crude and disgusting rap song assailing a senior politician and his party went viral. While the musicians may be within their legal rights, the lyrics soil our political discourse. The song is artistically adolescent, attempting...
 
 
It is time for a new CARICOM policy on marijuana
At the end of July, 11 individuals received jail sentences in Havana of between 15 to 30 years for attempting to traffic narcotics into Cuba from Jamaica. The convictions followed a number of co-ordinated operations to stop go-fast boats arriving wit...
 
 
An open letter to Bahamian politicians
This piece is penned as an open letter to those who labor in the vineyard of public service in general but leaders in the political arena in particular. However, it is important that I commence this piece by denouncing in the strongest words possible...
 
 
The philosopher king
• Author’s note: This article was adapted from a column that was first published on September 21, 2009.   Since majority rule 49 years ago, three persons have led this country, each with his unique strengths and weaknesses, and each with h...
 
 
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