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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 11 hours ago 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 4 days ago 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
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