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by Larry Smith As the patriotic strains of the Marseillaise drifted over Paris following the recent terror attacks, social media around the world erupted with gushers of hate, anger, sorrow and solidarity. We were no exception. Many Bahamians superimposed the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Politics is a strange game in the Bahamas - full of “crazy per-sons”, as Holly laughs to Megan in the Coca Cola commercial that plays endlessly on television. You wouldn’t know it from Prime Minister Perry Christie’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In 2005 I wrote a column about human rights abuses in the modern Bahamas. Among other cases, I gave a summary of what was perhaps the worst such abuse up to that time. It involved an unfortunate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Felicity Johnson On October 7, four days after the exit of Hurricane Joaquin, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) announced a $1million-plus donation to official relief efforts. Given the collective national shock at the devastating aftermath of Joaquin,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The response of the government and its emergency management agency to the recent smashing of the southern islands by Hurricane Joaquin has been astonishingly lacking in at least one important respect - the provision of public information.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith There is a simmering public anger these days about the evident impunity of the Bahamian political elite and their friends, families and lovers. You can sense it all around. It feels mushy on the ground. And you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Leandra Esfakis The Tribune published an interview with lawyer Wayne Munroe on September 23, on the Blackbeard’s Cay matter. Blackbeard's Cay is a small resort island off Cable Beach, which keeps eight captive dolphins as a tourist attraction. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Philip “Brave” Davis’s Suitability to be Prime Minister Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis recently declared that he is “ready for the job” of prime minister if a vacancy came about: “My plans are dependent on what the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith This weekend, social media land was in a tizzy - with many Bahamians aghast at a spoof produced like a promotional video. The film featured a syrupy narration illustrated by scenes showing some of the underside of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Felicity Johnson A telephone conversation with a friend a few weeks ago centred around her attendance at a funeral of the friend of her parents in Curacao. The late gentleman's daughter was a member of parliament there, and what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon At one time in their relationship Prime Minister Perry Christie and Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian were as thick as old comrades. They cooed compliments and encomiums to each other. The prime minister and the developer saw Baha... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Last June, a gunman walked into the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina and shot nine people to death at a prayer meeting. The shooter said his goal was to start a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Felicity Johnson Prime Minister Perry Christie gave a keynote address at the 31st Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition of CANTO (Caribbean Organization of National Telecommunications Organization) on July 26 in Miami. His apparent preoccupation with his record-setting number of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith "The doctrine of collective responsibility is the basis on which the system of ministerial government rests. All major matters of policy, and matters on which there may be doubt regarding the attitude of other members of Cabinet,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon For a quick start-up third party the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) managed to field a full slate of candidates in 2012, faring relatively well at the general election. The party garnered sufficient votes to contribute to the defeat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith “It’s better to have a debate about where we are going, because frankly whoever is the leader, unless the direction is right, I’m afraid the rest won't be right." - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2015... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Felicity Johnson It is difficult to remain non-committal in the face of the farcical statements, righteous indignation and blame-naming by so many who have long known the facts concerning the present redundancies at BTC. Whilst it is regrettable that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon The Baha Mar saga is an epic and cautionary tale. It is a story of grand ambition, hubris and spectacular miscalculations by three major players now desperately seeking to rescue their reputations amidst the unravelling of one of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Well, we all know by now that the prospect of Baha Mar opening without untold collateral damage to our tourism brand, our national reputation and investor confidence, is more and more unlikely. In the works since 2005,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Back in 2006 most analysts believed little would change in the immediate aftermath of Fidel Castro's departure as Cuba's pre-eminent leader. At the time, Fidel had just stepped down as president due to failing health, ceding power... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The Baha Mar resort has been in the works so long that it is easy to forget the way we felt about this massive development at different points along its ponderous trajectory. The 1,000-acre project was announced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Here’s a story that needs to be re-told in full. I knew the protagonist as a high school student at Queen’s College more than 40 years ago, but have had no substantive dealings with him since then.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Near the end of November 2012, approximately six months after the PLP’s return to office, a joint session of parliament was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bahamian women attaining the right to vote. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
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