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by Lary Smith As the government pours millions of unaccountable tax dollars into a political porkbarrel project on Andros called BAMSI, the only two commercial food processing firms in the country have quietly gone out of business - putting at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The Inter-American Development Bank has just published the most comprehensive report ever on crime and violence in the Bahamas. Researcher Heather Sutton compiled data from multiple sources on the scope and nature of crime and violence in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith A recent comment by Nicki Kelly, who began her journalistic career in the 1960s, is worth repeating. "All the Bahamas ever does is talk about what it is going to do, but somehow never manages to actually... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith If you’ve ever been curious about the history of mental health in the Bahamas, pick up a copy of Dr John Spencer’s new book—From the Crazy Hill to Sandilands. I should add that it’s not a history... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Bert Perry, or more properly Bertram Perigord Jr, was a retired policeman and boxing champion, who died last week at age 72. He was one of the founders of organised boxing in the Bahamas. He spent the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith According to Sir Franklyn Wilson - one of the chief architects of the current PLP administration - the Bahamas is in “a very dangerous spot”. He was referring to the potential downgrading of our investment rating to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The consequences of the anti-European Union vote in Britain last week have some interesting parallels with Bahamian and American politics that are worth exploring. For over 40 years, Britain was an integral part of the European project... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith If sip-sip is anything to go by, the governing Progressive Liberal Party is in turmoil as it prepares for the 2017 general election, severely wounded by the recent referendum debacle. Dismayed by the low turnout and overwhelmingly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Last week, Facebook was alive with dramatic images of multiple waterspouts around New Providence. There were even reports of twisters on land, a rare occurrence in these parts. This reminded me to look at a pamphlet I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In a powerful communication prepared recently, Bahamian waste expert Ginny McKinney has outlined a 'trail of tears’ over the country’s shocking failure to resolve its solid waste management problems - despite spending tens of millions over decades.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Despite its small population, the far-flung Bahamas archipelago enjoys impressive features and history as a maritime nation. The country has one of the world’s leading maritime registries with approximately between 1,500 to 1,600 ships carrying the Bahamas flag,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith According to Fred ’This is War’ Mitchell, he will not be bound by any court of law when it comes to what he considers to be his unqualified right to say and do whatever he pleases in... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Recently, senior PLP cabinet ministers whipped up a political storm over something called parliamentary privilege, which most people have probably never heard of. The ministers involved were the usual spin doctors - Fred “you are a traitor”... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith I think most of us would agree that the country could do with a strategic plan that looks beyond our five-year electoral cycles and pushes the public sector to deliver. As the Inter-American Development Bank notes, “without... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The complex controversy swirling around Peter Nygard is bewildering. And our government has deliberately contributed to the confusion. This fact sheet will help readers understand what is going on and what is at stake. Who is Peter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In February,the National Insurance Board's chief compliance officer declared a "zero tolerance” approach to those who did not pay their contributions. "That’s what we’re going after this year,” Stephen Thompson told the Tribune. "We’re asking them to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The Eternal Subordination of Women Doing business with a middle-class, 40-ish shop clerk last week I was questioned about the referendum. Actually, I am fed up with the referendum, so I pointed out that no date has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Have you noticed how Fred Mitchell appears to fancy himself as a secret service agent? A grim countenance framed by dark shades, he stands as close as possible to whatever VIP is available, ready to spring into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith A five-year management contract, worth at least $10 million, for the Bahamian state-owned electric utility was announced by the government in early February. The bankrupt Bahamas Electricity Corporation has been stripped of some $100 million in legacy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Bahamas Eco-Forum
by Simon We are fast approaching the next general election, likely in 2017. Bur we are facing much more. If an election is held in 2017, with the elected government completing a five-year term, the election after that will be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Prime Minister Perry Christie says climate change “threatens the existence of the Bahamas as we know it”. So what does the recent Paris agreement to tackle climate issues mean for the Bahamas - and the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Bahamas Eco-Forum
by Larry Smith Did you know humans can levitate? It’s true. Monty Knowles did it in my office the other day - rising from his chair in a crossed-leg, feet-on-thighs, mid-air lotus position. Awestruck, and knowing he also had an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Last November, a regional conference in Guyana focused on abolishing the death penalty, which many Caribbean territories - including the Bahamas - want to keep on the books. Sponsored by the European Union, the conference went completely... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
We are drenched in a cesspool of official corruption, the stench permeating state and government. While many of our poor become poorer and much of the middle class is in financial crisis, a clique of mandarins and oligarchs and their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Prime Minister Perry Christie says climate change “threatens the existence of the Bahamas as we know it”. So what does the recent Paris agreement to tackle climate issues mean for the Bahamas - and the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Bahama Pundit