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Mental health in the Caribbean: The silent epidemic?
Beyond the economic and political blockades experienced by small-island states, lies a silent epidemic called mental health. It is a cursed and shameful disease marked by poverty and stigma. Mental illness has now morphed into a disease of pain and e...
 
 
Fitzgerald and Gibson: Business as usual in the PLP
The most recent scandals engulfing Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald and Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson are emblematic of the rot in the PLP, which has metastasized over nearly half a century of the party’s existence. The P...
 
 
What if I win?
On the evening of May 10, 2017, provided all goes as expected, some 136 people of the 175 who nominated on April 20, 2017 will lose their bids to become members of Parliament in our Bahamian House of Assembly. Most will be disappointed; many may be a...
 
 
The new dimensions of regional security
It is no secret that governments around the world regularly practice their response to security threats. The objective is to prepare for eventualities that those concerned hope will never occur, and to demonstrate publicly a readiness and capacity to...
 
 
Identity and politics of our leaders
I believe that any leader selected without contest by political parties, and where the possibility exists for him/her to become the country’s first minister, brings into question the identity of who we are as a nation. I can truly speak to the con...
 
 
A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers?
Throughout the Caribbean, the hospitality industry is regarded more than ever as one of the main revenue earners and employment providers. Some countries take this for granted, as they have experienced the service sector to a greater extent than othe...
 
 
Perry Christie’s desperation and abandonment of Centreville
Two days after the date of the general election was announced, an embattled and desperate Perry Christie went to Windsor Park for the handout of 1,000 Urban Renewal food parcels to residents of his Centreville constituency. What an extraordinary coi...
 
 
Are we witnessing the death of ambition?
What kind of society puts down people who want to achieve as much as they can? A backward one. I find it ridiculous that some of us seem to want others of us to apologize for achieving great success, or for rising to great heights in many spheres of ...
 
 
Cuba’s cautious transition to a new generation
In just under a year’s time, if President Castro keeps to his previously announced timetable, he will step down and cease to lead Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers. Others in his generation are also expected to demit office. Unles...
 
 
The rituals of democracy
The rituals of a general election help to renew our parliamentary democracy and to teach new generations about our form of government. The commissioner of police, acting in his capacity as the provost marshal, has read the writ of election issued by...
 
 
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