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STATESIDE: Just how far can you push the rules and get away with it?

JOAN and her friend Marilyn were in her New York City kitchen, warding off the unseasonable chill outside with steaming mugs of coffee. They were talking about the world’s current number one bogeyman.

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FRONT PORCH: Failure by political leaders to understand social dysfunction

THE violent crime ravaging New Providence continues unabated. Political leaders and law enforcement are seemingly incapable of offering workable strategies to combat the rate of murder and other crimes.

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ALICIA WALLACE: A challenge we still have a long way to overcome

OCTOBER was declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Thirty-three years later, people know domestic violence exists. In The Bahamas, the general sentiment is domestic violence - in most cases, is wrong.

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PETER YOUNG: New British PM will have to do better than this

Having commented last week that the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss had made a good start, only days later the picture has changed dramatically.

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FACE TO FACE: What’s best for baby

Breastfeeding is a subject often shied away from, overlooked, disregarded and even shunned. Somehow, having a healthy discussion about breastfeeding lands in a grey, taboo area. Even though there is a fundamental, primal intelligence and knowledge that this is the most natural and most significant way to feed a baby, many still seem uncomfortable with delving deeply into the topic.

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WORLD VIEW: Join the international fight for climate justice

ON September 23, at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, made a clear and unequivocal statement, concerning the impact of Climate Change.

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STATESIDE: Put the beer in the fridge, it’s almost election game time

American voters have about six weeks to wait before the next Congressional elections. Pundits, operatives and commentators from across the political spectrum are all weighing in on what they think is going to happen. It all makes for interesting speculation and if you basically see politics as theatre, it’s almost as much fun to read and listen to all this pontification as it is to follow your favourite NFL team. Politics also has winners and losers and endless speculation, just like football.

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FRONT PORCH: The roots of gender inequality and repression

MANY of the roots of gender inequality and discrimination are ancient prejudices often prescribed and reinforced by censorious religious strictures, most especially today, driven by religious fundamentalism and toxic masculinity.

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Gaining an edge via staff upgrades

Training and development in the workplace presents a prime opportunity to expand the knowledge base of all employees. However, many employers find this expensive, and view it as staff missing out on work time while attending training sessions, which may delay the completion of projects.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Trafficking is a problem to understand and tackle - together

ON Saturday, Equality Bahamas hosted its sixth event in its CEDAW (Convention) Speaker Series, designed to increase understanding of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. On a monthly basis, an expert, usually from the CEDAW Committee, leads discussion on one of the Articles of the Convention. At the most recent event, Corinne Dettmeijer, a Committee member from the Netherlands, made a presentation on Article 6 which is focused on trafficking and exploitation of prostitution.

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PETER YOUNG: Time will tell if a new monarch and PM can deliver on their early promise

These have been momentous times in Britain. The nation has suddenly, and simultaneously, had to face up to the loss of a much-loved and revered head of state and to an enforced change of Prime Minister. In a less politically stable country that could have had serious repercussions.

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FACE TO FACE: Honoured for work in building the civil society of The Bahamas

WE often hear the cry of the public concerning affairs of the country. Issues of governance, crime, immigration, opportunity and advancement are hot topics throughout Bahamian society. People often call on the government to make changes that would improve their quality of life in all aspects.

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PART III: ‘A pawn on the grand chessboard’

‘WHY A SMALL ISLAND IS CENTRAL TO THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY’

NO other issue has such a central position or fundamental impact on the direction of China-US relations as the Taiwan question. Over the past seven decades and more, the U.S. has found in Taiwan a convenient card to play in a larger geopolitical game with China, aimed at maintaining and perpetuating its global strategic supremacy. Till this day, the shifting US approach to Taiwan and China’s reaction to it has profoundly shaped China-US relations and the strategic environment of the Asia-Pacific region.

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WORLD VIEW: President Putin - The world should say ‘no more’

“EVERY bullet, every bomb, every shell that hits a target in Ukraine, hits our pockets and our economies in Africa.” Those were the words of the President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo, at the UN General Assembly on September 21.

EDITORIAL: Many voices with one call over climate change

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis stood in front of one of the biggest international political stages of all on Saturday – the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

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