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by Larry Smith One year ago, the research firm Public Domain conducted a telephone survey on behalf of The Nature Conservancy to gauge Bahamian views on the importance of protecting the marine environment. The Nature Conservancy is a US-based organisation... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In an obvious attempt to soothe public anger over the Rubis fuel leak disaster in Marathon, Environment Minister Ken Dorsett recently unveiled draft legislation "for the establishment of the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection”, saying the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Condolences from the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Singapore following the death of the country’s founding father and first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, observed: “The late Prime Minister was a contemporary of the late Sir Lynden... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Following the recent gasoline spill at the Rubis station on Robinson Road, I decided to take a closer look at ground zero. Cable Bahamas built its 13,000-square-foot customer service centre in the 1990s, on vacant land just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith A major environmental controversy is playing out on the other side of the globe that, in many ways, mirrors our own experience here. The big issue is the dredging of waters near Australia's Great Barrier Reef to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon From the moment Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister V. Alfred Gray offered the Mayaguana Island Administrator certain advice about a criminal case involving a constituent, he breached a wall of separation between the Executive and the Judiciary. For... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Like others, I spend a lot of time grazing on social media these days. Although you have to wade through muddy water, it is one of the best ways to gauge the opinions of a wide cross-section... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani recently ignited a firestorm with incendiary claims, sending sparks and charges flying as the jockeying for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination heats up: “I do not believe, and I know this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In her examination of the irregularities surrounding the so-called Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Institute on Andros this week, Nassau Guardian news editor Candia Dames said Bahamians have had enough of the government’s negligent handling of the country's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon “Egomania -- obsessive egotism or self-centredness ... narcissism, arrogance, boastfulness, imperiousness, cockiness, affectation, airs, show, ostentation, vainglory, braggadocio ... ” With the country beset by a grave deficit of leadership and on the wrong track on many fronts,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Despite significant coverage in the American media, the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma, Alabama that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act went almost unnoticed in the Bahamas. And it’s a safe bet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez says the government has contracted Costa Rican-based consultants to help implement the national health plan which will be phased in sometime next year. Gomez has put Bahamian healthcare spending today at almost... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Bahamians celebrated Greek Fest this past weekend while the new Greek government was feverishly putting together a list of structural reforms it will pursue. Greece is under heavy pressure from the European Union to reform its government... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith A few years ago I visited Little Harbour on Abaco—a solar-powered community of some 50 homes encircling a picturesque cove near Cherokee Sound. This unique settlement was founded by a Canadian art professor named Randolph Johnston, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
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by Larry Smith The Harrold Road dump has been spewing toxic fumes and smoke into the clear skies over New Providence for weeks. Social media conversations have become angrier as schools near the dump were forced to close and residents... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Greece, as we all know from high school days, was one of the major civilising forces of antiquity. Its modern political history began in the 19th century, when the country was a reluctant province of the Ottoman... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith NORWICH, United Kingdom — After spending the last several weeks in this provincial capital of 200,000 people, I was able to gain some insight into the upcoming British general election set for May 7 - and consider... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Some years ago now a leading political figure was bluntly told by a senior expatriate banker that there were things that foreign commercial banks could get away with in The Bahamas that they could not get away with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith You have to admire crusading lawyer Fred Smith for his chutzpah and energy in tackling regulatory and human rights abuses that would otherwise almost certainly go unchallenged. Smith is one of a very few Bahamian professionals who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Victory and defeat are both replete with irony and paradox. Many a victory is the prelude to eventual defeat and many defeats contain mustard seeds which may be nourished to eventual victory. Even in losing her bid to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Founded in 1915, the Bahamas Girl Guides Association recently kicked-off its centennial commemoration at Government House with a programme of appreciation and celebration. The Association has done extraordinary work over the past 100 years, helping to mould many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Consider the complex of challenges before the international community, especially vulnerable small-island states such as The Bahamas and other Caricom members, as well as various Commonwealth countries in Africa and the Pacific. The threats range from the effects... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The unravelling of Dr Arthur Porter’s life didn’t begin in the Bahamas. But it could be said to have ended here - more or less. Porter is a leading cancer specialist. He became an international lobbyist, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith “We don’t make choices in politics - others make them for us.” — Earl Deveaux With less than eight months to go before the next British general election, the opposition Labour Party appears to be having buyer’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon The level of ignorance about our constitution is widespread and disturbing. The ignorance is particularly alarming on the part of those who pretend to know about such matters, including certain pastors who repeatedly demonstrate a stunning ignorance of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit