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INSIGHT: ‘The oldest trick in the political playbook’ - residents of the Mud and Pigeon Peas speak out

AS A war of words erupts between human rights activists and the government about the impact and intent of its new immigration ultimatum, it’s business as usual for residents in one of the country’s oldest and largest shanty town settlements.

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INSIGHT: Rise up against this licence to spy

When the PLP was obliged to back down from an earlier version of the ‘Spy Bill,’ it was a huge victory for civil society and an important boost for fundamental human rights in The Bahamas.

INSIGHT: Transforming the minds of our children

WHEN a child is born, they are born into a world of sin. Despite their innocence, they immediately become prisoners of their environment and the many influences around them.

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INSIGHT: New Immigration policy is nothing but a political snow job

LAST week the country was thrown into a frenzy by another distraction from this Minnis administration; the announcement of an immigration crackdown to take place at the end of this year. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said those persons living in the Bahamas illegally have until December 31 to leave the country before immigration raids commence.

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GAIN AN EDGE: Kristin learns the value of education

Life for Kristin Bethel has not been without its challenges. He grew up with no father in the home, and had a lot of built up frustration and unmanaged anger.

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INSIGHT: Bahamas’ power solution is a must for radical change

Up the hill and right back down again—that’s the story of Bahamian electric power during the five wasted, and expensive, years of PLP Government. Dr. Minnis’ new administration is now back at square one, with a clean slate for creating a brand-new energy policy, a crucial task he must soon address if he is to retain credibility.

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WORLD VIEW: Insuring the Caribbean’s future

INSURERS and re-insurers are facing major losses in the wake of the damage done in the Caribbean and the United States by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. These losses will have a direct and immediate impact on insurance premiums across the entire Caribbean and the Eastern seaboard of the US.

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INSIGHT: Why can’t I talk about weight?

I am a 5’9 129lb well proportioned woman in my 30s but how is a woman who is considered the ‘normal’ body weight has become an outsider in a society where obesity has become the norm?

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INSIGHT: Uncertain times for European Union

DURING our lengthy visit to England recently, my wife and I were struck by the extensive coverage in the media of developments related to the European Union.

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WORLD VIEW: Caribbean states will not shut up or be shut out

THE rights of Caribbean states in the international community are once again being threatened. This time the spokesman is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, Benjamin N. Gedan, who wrote an Opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal on September 25 entitled: “For Venezuela’s Sake, Dismantle the Organization of American States. Tiny Caribbean states have outsize power, and many are in thrall to the Caracas regime.”

INSIGHT: Racism disguised as nationalism

It is easy to find revolting the nativistic, white supremacist ideology that seems to be acceptable to American President Donald Trump. Especially since the violent, tragic clash this summer in Charlottesville, VA, between race-baiting ultra right marchers and their opponents from the liberal left, public opinion polling has revealed most Americans condemn Trump for his ambivalent response to expressions of racial hatred many felt were lodged securely in America’s past.

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INSIGHT: We are losing the fight. People want to feel safe. Period.

THE agonizing cries from Kendera Woodside, mother of Eugene Woodside, may have been enough to raise all the hairs on your body. Tortuous screams rang out from the backyard of their home, as family gathered during a visit from the Prime Minister and an entourage including his wife and some prominent pastors from the community. As a nation, we sincerely sympathize with Mrs. Woodside, who said that she had just told her mother that she would not have to bury her children and that they would outlive her mere moments before her son was slain by a bullet unintended for him.

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INSIGHT: Better safe than sorry

THE 2017 Hurricane season was projected to be an active one by many of the top meteorological minds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicted this hurricane season would be an “above average” year with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes – two of which being major ones. However, no one would have anticipated that three quarters of the way through the season there would have been this much devastation and loss at the hands of Category, 3, 4 and 5 storms.

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INSIGHT: Time to tear up the rule book on immigration

The Immigration Policy followed by successive governments has failed to produce the desired results. The domestic economy has not flourished as a result of strict control of the labour force. Undocumented migrants, primarily from northern Haiti, continue to arrive on Bahamian shores in significant numbers.

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GAIN AN EDGE: Shawn strives to make a difference

Sadly, it was just too late.