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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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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
by Larry Smith “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” — W H Auden When Dr Sylvia Earle began her career as a deep-diving scientist in 1953 no-one imagined that we could do anything to harm the ocean... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell recently delivered an address entitled “Saving Caricom” at the University of the West Indies Institute of International Relations Diplomatic Dialogue Series in Trinidad & Tobago. Mitchell claimed that his political career was harmed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith "The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake those, you've got it made." -- Groucho Marx Outside of ZNS and other PLP circles, the outrage over tax dodging politicians and officials has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Not one, not two, but three celebrity scientists will make special appearances in Nassau next week. Dr David Campbell, Dr Sylvia Earle and Glenn Olsen will deliver keynotes at the Bahamas Natural History Conference hosted by the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Google 'downtown redevelopment’ and you will find zillions of web pages focusing on one city after another - from Miami to Manhattan to Toronto and almost every place in between. Even Las Vegas has a downtown revitalisation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon There is a political saying that if you see a turtle balanced atop a fencepost, it didn’t get there by itself. One moral of the axiom is that if one views something in politics that seems untoward, there’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith If you are like most Bahamians you probably don’t know or care much about iguanas. These large, plant-eating lizards were part of the Lucayan diet long before the arrival of Europeans, but so few are left these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith During an informal discussion at a science conference on Abaco recently, the question of recycling came up, with one participant insisting that even the local breweries’ much-touted bottle re-use programme was not working. So I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Bahamas Eco-Forum
by Larry Smith During an informal discussion at a science conference on Abaco recently, the question of recycling came up, with one participant insisting that even the local breweries’ much-touted bottle re-use programme was not working. So I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon The seismic crashing sound Bahamians heard over the past fortnight or so was the collapse of what was the already fractured and waning credibility of the Christie administration less than two years into its mandate. The thunderous crash... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith GILPIN POINT, Abaco -- On a beautiful ocean beach just south of the Crossing Rocks settlement lies a complex prehistoric site unlike anything else discovered in the Bahamas. Following a presentation at the recent science conference in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco --Since 2004 Abaco’s home-grown conservation group - Friends of the Environment - has staged a two-day conference every two years that brings together scientists, students and the public to discuss important research. According to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith “The Island of Abaco is blessed with a good harbour, and is well secured by nature...(abounding) with timber.” 1783 loyalist advertisement circulated in New York. TREASURE CAY, Abaco — Remains of Carleton, the first loyalist settlement on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith There is a landmark book on the Bahamian marine environment that has become a sought-after collector’s item. Published in 1968 by the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, and some 15 years in the making, the 771-page first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Firepower battled with fireworks to ring in New Year’s with a combustible combination of bloodletting and retaliation premixed last year erupting with undiminished frenzy in the new year. January is considered “the door to the year” taking its... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Over the holidays I had the pleasure of editing the English version of an article written by an Italian journalist and longtime friend. That article reviewed the legacy of 2013 for the international community. "It was a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Bahama Pundit