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Divided they stand, united they could still fall

Next month, Free National Movement executives will go head-to-head for party positions at its convention. But FNM insiders say the party must look beyond next month, and its internal fights, and chart a united course that will help it win the next election. Tribune News Editor, Taneka Thompson reports . . .

Third party politics: Changing of the guard at the Palace of Westminster

The Conservatives have new energy and impetus but are unsure how to respond to the UKIP threat while Labour’s weak, left-leaning leader is an electoral liability. As the starting gun fires on the race to next year’s General Election in Britain Peter Young forsees the end of voting on traditional two-party lines amid the political uncertainties.

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INSIGHT: Distress call with no rescue in sight

With no boat to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and no regulation of expanding shanty towns and unlicenced constructions Abaconians are doubting the government’s will to tackle the island’s pressing issues. Timothy Roberts reports

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INSIGHT: Anyone for golf? Not us, say Biminites

The mood in Bimini is changing to reflect that the island should not accede to the needs of tourism at all costs, Rashad Rolle writes.

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INSIGHT: Christie administration's unanswered questions

The deafening silence from the Christie administration on several issues of national importance is frustrating to voters. Tribune News Editor Taneka Thompson analyses the situation.

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INSIGHT: Urban Renewal - a powerful agent for social and economic change

Urban Renewal is transforming lives in the Bahamas, free of political intervention, and is more than just a crime prevention tool. In a wide-ranging interview with The Tribune the organisation’s prime movers dismiss criticism of its operation, outline future goals and initiatives and pay tribute to their supporters and partners.

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INSIGHT: Cannibalism in the PLP

IN a 2009 tribute to Sir Clement Maynard, then Governor-general Sir Arthur Foulkes wrote that “politics, that most noble of professions, can sometimes, descend into something approaching savagery. And it seems that there is no greater fury in the political arena as when colleagues turn on each other”.

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Referendum crumbling under political opportunism

JUST as forecast, support for the upcoming constitutional referendum has crumbled under the weight of political opportunism. What was initially pitched as a benign and straightforward bid to remove discrimination against women, has lit the stage for exploitation and fear mongering. Now contentious, the bills have been fated to a caustic half-life that has once again exposed the political cannibalism and unbridled personal ambition that have long characterised the country’s democratic system.

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INSIGHT: Leading questions

THE government last week added another level of uncertainty and ambiguity to the already emotionally-charged proposed constitutional vote by suggesting the process may be abandoned all together, despite its assurances to Bahamian women of its commitment to gender equality.

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A change 'long overdue'

Twelve years ago, on the night of February 27, 2002, thousands of jubilant supporters of the Progressive Liberal Party celebrated on the grounds of Gambier House after it became clear that the Ingraham administration’s constitutional referendum, which aimed in part to obliterate discrimination against women in the Constitution, had failed.

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Truth, misdirection and stealth in the rise of Obama's socialist state

Far from being a moderate, Barack Obama is a polarising United States president. Ralph J Massey, an American writer living in the Bahamas, examines Marxist influences in his background and how it has been kept hidden from the public.

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Playing on the global stage should be the goal

IT is difficult to say how much the 2014 FIFA World Cup has really impacted the Bahamas, a country that is not a “footballing country” and where the global sport has to be purchased from the local cable company to be viewed. I find that absolutely appalling: the world’s game should be free.

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Struggle for gender equality

As the country gears up to celebrate its 41st anniversary of independence this week, it is clear that Bahamians do have many reasons to be thankful. We have a stable government, the stagnant economy appears to be slowly getting better and while crime and a high rate of joblessness continue to plague our country, things are not so bad.

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The perfect predator

The beautiful but voracious lionfish are now threatening the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. Pam LeBlanc says that eradicating them is impossible - and if you can’t beat them, eat them

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Can anyone fill the prime minister's shoes?

ALTHOUGH the next general election is some three years away, speculation is rife about who will lead both major political parties into the fight in 2017.