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Big Dragon on Campus: China’s soft power-play in academia - part 2
Self-censorship The administrations of many universities hosting Confucius Institutes across the globe have self-censored their activities to keep from offending China. In 2009, North Carolina State University cancelled a visit by the Dalai Lama, af...
Big dragon on campus: China’s soft power play in academia
This past April, in a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador, Barbados announced the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI)-Cave Hill. This is one of over 400 institutes established in schools across 11...
Philip Brave Davis’ suitability to be prime minister
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis recently declared that he is “ready for the job” of prime minister if a vacancy came about: “My plans are dependent on what the prime minister does. It depends on what he does. If there is a vacancy, I...
The Baha Mar story: A nation in uncharted territory – pt. 2
A week that commenced with the announcement that the government will be seeking to wind up the companies that make up Baha Mar ended with the headline that the government has re-entered talks with the stakeholders in the Baha Mar story. This turn of ...
We deserve better
“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”– Maureen Dowd   Last week, we considered the miasma of mediocrity in our society that has deprived us from being or achieving the best. We attempt...
Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest - part 2
The candidates   Jovenel Moïse Running as the PHTK presidential candidate is Jovenel Moïse, a prominent businessman and personal friend of Martelly’s. As CEO of the agricultural enterprise Agritrans SA, Moïse oversaw the establishment of...
Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest – part 1
After years of delays and political deadlock, Haiti is finally preparing to hold its long-overdue general elections, leaving international observers to breathe a sigh of relief. But within the small Caribbean nation’s borders, the atmosphere is one...
Recognizing and celebrating Bahamian talent
Last week in this journal fellow columnist Philip Galanis reflected on the “miasma of mediocrity” that is a stranglehold on The Bahamas: “At almost every turn in our daily lives, we are deluged by a miasma of mediocrity. Our society, on so many...
The progression of LGBTQ rights in Cuba – part 3
On May 9, more than a thousand LGBTQ individuals attended the Mariela Castro-organized march against homophobia held in Havana. Mariela called for the legalization of same-sex marriage, declaring, “Same-sex marriage is already legal in Argentina, U...
The Baha Mar story: A nation in uncharted territory – pt. 1
The discussion surrounding what has been termed the Baha Mar story continues as the fate of the mega resort hangs in the balance. The comments by the various contributors to the debate have been enlightening, intriguing, disappointing, unexpected and...
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