The State of (Human) Rights in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 2017
- Apr 17, 2017 - 9:07:27 PM
The Israelites, the Bible states, wondered forty years in the desert.
It’s not that they were physically lost, for they knew where they were
headed, and knew how to get there. The stars by night and the sun by day
were the only GPS they needed. And they were fortified by manna in the
But woefully, that nation of people was mentally and
psychologically lost. Leaving the land of enslavement, after coming to
the realization that as a people of value and dignity, they no longer
cherished the ungodly treatment meted out to them. Yet, having subjected
themselves for so long to this bondage, they were infused with the
consciousness of enslavement at the very core of minutest parts of their
By Divine grace and a genetic transformation, they came to
realize that no entry into the promised land was possible until every
iota of mental slavery was exorcised from the very foundation of their
"Spying Bill process. Another Abuse of Government Power?"
- Mar 5, 2017 - 12:03:29 PM
The latest episode with the government attempting to pass legislation
without public discussion or input, is yet another apparent abuse of
power by this government.
Had Civil Society not raised eternal hell the government proposed passing the Bill without public consultation.
that government has backed down, I submit their action is simply to
calm the waters so to speak, and will process the Bill anyway in
whatever form they wish...
Gilbert Morris: The GB (Port Area) Incentive Act is anti-Incentive
- Feb 28, 2017 - 11:29:58 PM
The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) is the finest Development
Agreement in the world. I know, since I grew up under the agreement;
wrote nearly all my undergraduate law papers on this agreement and wrote
my first economics paper - again - on the HCA.
I understand that
the government wants to facilitate economic growth in Freeport, and I
believe this is their true noble desire.
However, the GB (Port Area) Incentive Act is absolutely the wrong way to go:
THERE ARE THREE MAJOR PROBLEMS AMONGST OTHERS:
It is wrong in Constitutional terms as the devolution of Sovereign
concessions under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement was not a benefit to or
intended for the Port
Rick Lowe: Government Acting Immorally Over Tax Compliance Certificates
- Aug 24, 2016 - 3:24:40 PM
During the last Budget presentation the Government snuck a provision
through that businesses would have to apply for a Tax Compliance
Certificate in order to be paid by them for goods and services.
In essence, if your taxes are not paid, the government will not pay you.
like a reasonable proposition until you make application and find out
that if a courier company imported something on your behalf and has not
paid the import taxes you cannot get paid by the government. And it
doesn’t matter if you paid your courier company...
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas on the 2016 Bahamas Gender Equality Referendum
- Jul 2, 2016 - 6:49:01 PM
June 7, 2016, you voted against yourselves, your children and your
children’s children. That says it all about you and your regression from
the brave, forward thinking of the Bahamian suffragettes. You chose to
believe that Eve and her female offspring were cursed in Eden, not just
to bear the pains of childbirth, but to remain forever inferior to men,
subject to their abuse. Shame on you.
The ‘Christian’ Nation: While The Bahamas is a church-going nation, most Bahamians are not
Christians, not followers of the loving Christ that I cling to. Most of
my Bahamian people...
Op-Ed: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Modernization of Government Services
- Jun 30, 2016 - 11:30:18 PM
In this digital age, more and more governments are making the shift to
online services to promote the expediency of the delivery of services,
as well as to facilitate growth for business stakeholders. From the
perspective of the Government of The Bahamas, modernizing government
services is essential, especially if we are to tap into the potential of
young Bahamians, our future generation.
I believe that with the
right conditions, talented young Bahamians are poised to change the
world. Improvements in the capacity of government to deliver services
will not only support innovation and entrepreneurship, but will also
increase productivity and create cost savings for businesses, simplify
citizen interactions with government, reduce the cost of the public
sector and increase government revenues.
Bahamas Olympic swimmer on the Gender Equality vote
- Jun 10, 2016 - 1:55:44 AM
The Bahamian people have voted NO to the
gender equality bill. America just nominated their first female
presidential nominee while 20 minutes from Miami, we voted NO to gender
equality. Let’s face it, the vote YES campaign underestimated the power
of social media, they underestimated the distrust the people have in
Prime Minister Perry Christie and the current PLP government, they
underestimated the amount of fear mongering that would come from the
extreme religious and homophobic ideologues.
The vote YES
campaign tried to take the high road and educate the public on the bills
to raise awareness so Bahamians can make an informed decision. On the
other hand, the vote NO campaign simply preyed on the fears of the
ignorant and the super religious; the quintessential Donald Trump
Fred Smith: We Reap What We Sow
- Jun 9, 2016 - 11:05:33 PM
The No, No, No and No Vote was unfortunate, but it is a reflection that as a nation, we reap what we sow.
the last few years, Fred Mitchell and the PLP and their goons like Keod
Smith and Peter Nygard have really whipped up hate and anti-foreign
sentiment in the country, (which the PLP has always kept alive and well
to use when it suits them) against Haitians , Cubans and Jamaicans,
Canadian Bruno Rufa, the manager from memories in Freeport, Sarkis
Izmirlian and Louis Bacon; and even against Bahamians such as Fred
Smith, Joseph Darville and Rev. C B Moss etc, dressing up black
Bahamians in KKK hoods brandishing burning crosses and parading them up
and down on Bay Street hurling abuse, bile and xenophobic venom. And
Jerome Fitzgerald, Fred Mitchel and Leslie Miller raping our privacy and
having their fun ridiculing civil society in Parliament under the guise
Top 3 Outlandish statements from Dame Sawyer that should really scare you
- Jun 3, 2016 - 6:02:50 PM
Dame Joan Sawyer is a highly accomplished attorney in the Bahamas, once
serving as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. For that I have no
doubt she is very learn-ed (as the lawyers like to say), and has had to
overcome many obstacles – some of them without a doubt because she is a
woman – to reach her heights of accomplishment. However, her public
statements concerning the upcoming constitutional referendum reflect a
disturbing level prejudice and insularity that cannot go unanswered, and
should diminish her stature in the eyes of those who believe in human
rights and equality for all. On reflection, I must say I am quite
relieved Dame Sawyer is now retired; though she may still be
influential, I am satisfied that the future does not belong to her. Last
week she delivered remarks on the referendum at a Bar Association
event. The video is making its rounds online. Though she said very
little about the actual referendum (more on that later), her statements
were fully loaded. So my first comments respond to the Top 3 Outlandish
Statements that Should Really Scare You...
Terrance Gape: The Bridge to nowhere
- May 6, 2016 - 11:06:19 AM
We are this week celebrating the opening of the Sir Jack
Hayward Bridge which represents a $4.3 million investment by the
families and Hutchison (DevCo) to the infrastructure of Freeport and
provides access over the Grand Lucayan Waterway to the eastern
two-thirds of the Island, which access had primarily been provided these
past 50 years by the Casuarina Bridge, a five-minute detour from the
new Sir Jack Hayward Bridge.
The eastern two-thirds of Grand
Bahama have changed little in the past 60 years with a population of
4,500 (approximately) in five quiet settlements stretching from New
Freetown to Sweetings Cay.
Sir Jack justified his five-year
campaign (with Hutchison?) to have this bridge built because he said the
Casuarina Bridge was old and weak and could fall down and he was
concerned that the poor “blighters” who lived over there would have to
swim across to get to Freeport, or (as some believe) was it to reward
his construction friend with a multi-million-dollar contract?
Attorney Constance Mcdonald provides clarity on Gender Equality bills
- May 5, 2016 - 1:52:16 PM
In early April I was invited to address students of the College of The Bahamas Northern Campus on the Gender Equality Bills.
of the young women a former student said to me Ms. Mcdonald can you
provide a simple explanation of what the bills are about because most of
the older persons like my parents have no understanding of what is
going on. I promised her that I would try and simplify the bills so here
The process of recognizing a woman as a person in her own
right separate and apart from the man in her life began in 1888 with the
passing of The Married Women
What Does China Want From The Bahamas?
- Apr 9, 2016 - 6:42:37 PM
What China wants from The Bahamas? This is an essential question for those
monitoring the implications and assessing the risk imposed on the
nature of China's economic, social, and political engagement with the
Commonwealth. There's a sustained perspective that China's growing
presence in the region seeks to undermine the United States strategic
position and influence in its hemisphere. China's incredibly ambitious
foreign policy in The Bahamas and other Caribbean countries is Beijing
continued efforts of improving its geostrategic significance unraveling
its economic strength.
Since the founding of the New China in 1949, The Bahamas and China have
enjoyed sustained high-level exchanges; stronger political mutual trust
relished with closer cooperation...
China's Growing Presence in The Bahamas
- Mar 16, 2016 - 12:25:30 PM
the silver lining in Chinese State Owned invested projects in The
Bahamas continues to be shadowed by the perception and suspicions that
exist around the country about China's growing presence in the Bahamian
economy. The archipelagic nature of The Bahamian economy creates an
environment of complex financial restraints which requires the
government to subsidize economic growth with Foreign Direct Investment.
The posture of the country's investment policies under
successive governments rule the out the possibility of discriminatory
policies that prohibit inbound investment from foreign countries. The
elephant in the room isn't the strong-arming of Chinese State-Owned
Enterprises in The Bahamas but rather their inability to grapple with
the culture shock of doing business in the Caribbean region.
The right to private property, beach access or not
- Mar 13, 2016 - 11:24:24 AM
The recent spat about beach access by vendors on Paradise Island is
an all to important reminder of the right to private property.
In my view, the Opposition parties, the FNM and DNA, were wrong to
encourage a protest at the sight where the beneficial owner had their
fenced in, which then incited the crowd to pull the fence down
that blocked an access point point to Cabbage Beach.
Pierre Dupuch: National Health Insurance and Rats
- Feb 25, 2016 - 10:05:17 PM
I travelled down the valley of life, I banked around a corner and
smelled what appeared to be a decaying rat. As I went further, the
smell increased and, low and behold, at the end of the valley there was
indeed a dead rat, the proposed National Health Insurance plan.
first I wondered why there was such a hell fired rush to provide
something that the people already had - Universal health care. For many
years, if a person could not afford private health care they went to
the clinic. Granted the service was slow and the lines were long. But
there was service and it was FREE...
Op-ed: Discrimination, The Bahamian Political Crack
- Feb 11, 2016 - 8:08:49 PM
All that glitters is not gold. There is another, darker side to The
Bahamas. As a people, Bahamians can be kind, appreciative, welcoming
and gracious. But they can also be hateful, abusive and vicious. How is
this schizophrenic national personality explained?
This paper is a commentary by Frederick Smith QC arising from
Professor of Anthropology Dr Bertin M. Louis's perspicacious lecture on
the Marginalization of Haitian Migrants in The Bahamas, and persons of
The lecture by Professor Louis can be found
on YouTube, and I urge watching it. I found it to be stimulating and
Carey Leonard: on the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Extension
- Feb 11, 2016 - 1:07:42 AM
The Prime Minister’s communication made on 3rd March 2016 to the House
of Assembly on the status of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement is, in many
ways, a milestone as it sets out, for the “public at large”, the issues
and objectives that our Government deems important as we move the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement forward.
Transparency in negotiations,
such as the extension and review of certain provisions, of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, which affect the livelihood of the tens of thousands
of Residents and Licensees of the Port Area, is critical...
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