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by Simon The very essence of the PLP’s deep-seated and arrogant sense of entitlement may be seen in Lady Pindling’s dismissive and contemptible attitude toward paying property taxes. She has received large sums of money from the state in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith My Country, Right or Wrong... I subscribe to the view that true sovereignty begins with independent and critical thought -- Prof. Norman Girvan (1941-2014) Eileen Carron’s recent editorial on Fred Mitchell’s use of the jingoistic slogan “my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon DNA Leader Branville McCartney’s central political equation is that he’s not A or B, but C, with A or B representing the leaders of the PLP and FNM, respectively, Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham and now Christie and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Don’t tell me what you believe. Show me what you do and I’ll tell you what you believe. This adage captures Prime Minister Perry Christie and his government’s ever growing disdain for democratic norms even as they profess... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith One hundred years ago last Saturday, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist struggling for independence. Germany, then the new rising power of Europe, supported its neighbour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
By Richard Coulson The wind of reparations has been blowing throughout the Caribbean for several years and will soon begin to flutter feathers here in The Bahamas. On March 24, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell announced Cabinet appointment of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith “We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” — Leona Helmsley Leona Helmsley was the billionaire owner of the Empire State building and other lucrative real estate in New York City. But she is best... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Freedom of Information took centre stage for a brief moment last week when a coalition of ginger groups demonstrated in Parliament Square. The demo was organised by Save the Bays, an environmental lobby whose leaders include Freeport... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith NORMANDY, France - As we eased along the peaceful wooded lanes in Alan Wilson’s powerful green Bentley, it was hard to believe that one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War lay just around the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Narcissism – “Excessive self-admiration”; “overestimation of [one’s] abilities and an excessive need for admiration.” Megalomania – “An excessive enjoyment in having power over other people and a craving for more of it.” “Delusions of great power and importance.”... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Following questions raised by FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner on the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) National Security Minister Dr. B. J. Nottage personalized the issue, angrily suggesting that the queries constitute an attack on his character. Mrs.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith TREASURE CAY, Abaco — During a visit to the site of Abaco’s first loyalist settlement last week, Antiquities Corporation chief Dr Keith Tinker and senior archaeologist Dr Michael Pateman retrieved cultural remains for analysis and talked about... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon By royal mandate the House of Assembly was established in the Bahama Islands in 1729 during the governorship of Woodes Rogers. The institution was intended for white men of means. Slaves, their descendants and women did not legally... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith It’s difficult for a layman like me to figure out how this struggling $8 billion economy can withstand all that is coming down the pike - without a substantive improvement in governance and political collaboration, which doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The king of beasts may soon be dethroned, scientists say. Trophy-hunting tourists are one of the causes - and three concerned Bahamian residents recently travelled to South Africa to take part in an international demonstration against the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon For many poorer Bahamians, incomes and prospects continue to worsen. The Bahamian middle class is under enormous pressure and threat. The fallout from the Great Recession continues with a new normal of largely stagnant wages and significantly less... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, I cannot avoid commenting on the latest piece of religious nonsense, in which a convicted sex offender has formed a church with some 200 enthusiastic congregants endorsed by a bevy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith It's a sign of the times that strawberries now grow in Greenland, on the Arctic Circle. Until a few years ago farming was difficult to impossible in this ice-covered landscape because the temperatures did not stay warm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon We appear on the verge of an extraordinary betrayal of the Bahamian people, made even more heart-wrenching because it is at the hands of our very own, not those of slave masters and colonial rulers. It is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Following in the wake of Disney’s blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movies, two new American television dramas have been produced based on the period when the Bahamas was a pirate republic. Black Sails launched on Starz earlier... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Dr Harold Munnings is about to publish a book on the history of healthcare in the Bahamas. While the introduction describes what little is known of the medical traditions of the earliest Bahamians - the Lucayans -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In case you hadn’t noticed, the Harrold Road dump exploded again last week, spewing billowing clouds of toxic fumes and black smoke into the clear skies over New Providence. The government’s response was to send in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Bahamas Eco-Forum
by Simon The depth of sexism and misogyny in the political party bearing the names progressive and liberal has reached another historic low point, perhaps a nadir, in the Progressive Liberal Party. It follows in a succession of betrayals by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In case you hadn’t noticed, the Harrold Road dump exploded again last week, spewing billowing clouds of toxic fumes and black smoke into the clear skies over New Providence. The government’s response was to send in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon In response to comments made by Pope Francis last August concerning judgmentalism towards gays and lesbians, and recent remarks by Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell in Trinidad & Tobago on LGBT rights, Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) Pastor Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit