To the average Bahamian who follows major events in the country, this was a confusing week.
Prime Minister Perry Christie’s “non-announcement” announcement on Baha Mar, where he asserted that construction at the stalled $3.5 billion resort will resume in September, was nothing short of insulting, vacuous and a political red herring meant to distract a disconcerted populace from yet another downgrade by the credit rating agency Moody’s.
I sincerely hope the press conference given by Dion Smith, Deputy House Speaker, was about more than publicly lending Perry Christie support. It seems an awfully trifling reason to engage the media, unless you have a hidden message or agenda … or maybe not so hidden … to deliver far and wide.
On June 13 the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016. The act requires the Executive Branch to submit a multi-year strategy for US engagement with the Caribbean region, including plans for promoting greater economic development. Significant bipartisan interest exists in a similar bill in the Senate.
This week, as a controversial song by a Bahamian artist named ‘Mice’ rose to the level of national attention, I found myself thinking on the Voltairean principle: ‘I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’
The entire Bahamas paused on Monday night to cheer on our nation’s golden superwoman Shaunae Miller as she ran and captured the gold medal in the 400 metres final at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We are steadily becoming a country that is being ruled by persons who appear to have adopted the mindset of dictators, of the infamous Tonton Macoute of Haiti, which was a unit of the Haitian police force that was created in 1959 and used to disastrous effect by dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier.
THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has just published the most comprehensive report ever on crime and violence in The Bahamas.
I haven’t heard the “vile” song that has led to two Bahamian men being taken into custody for questioning.
SEVERAL nights ago I watched the House of Assembly on TV when members debated the controversial National Health Bill. Health is an emotional, personal thing and the members took full advantage of it.
I’ve got to keep it short and sweet this week. The NFL season is upon us, and in all honesty I can’t let these ‘jokey’ leaders of ours distract me from beloved Dallas Cowboys this week.
As we march towards yet another hotly contested general election, it is clear that The Bahamas needs measured, resolute and insightful leadership.
Branville McCartney’s offer to disaffected FNM supporters last week was a brilliant move, says Malcolm J Strachan . . .
WHO in their right mind is listening to Loretta Butler-Turner?
THE Bahamas has always been a country with a good record of support and standing with the Commonwealth Secretariat.