Aug 22, 2019 8:00 am
I think of myself as a Democrat, but not strictly because I also believe in the liberty of the individual. As an example, I believe when a person represents others, they should do so with the best that they can personally offer, and not merely as...
Aug 20, 2019 8:00 am
On both sides of the northern border that connects the United States to Canada, economists are bracing themselves for the possibility of a recession. Some are pointing to the trade war between the US and China as partially, if not totally, the...
Aug 13, 2019 8:00 am
Sitting relaxed behind my computer, I was abruptly but pleasantly interrupted by a telephone caller who was listening to the Premier, David Burt, on the Sherry J talk show.
To paraphrase the comments, when the Premier was asked what he was...
Aug 7, 2019 8:00 am
I don’t smoke anything and I have no prejudice for those who do. For me, it was perhaps a degree of fate that prevented me from being a smoker.
I, just like so many schoolboys back in the Sixties, sneaked away to have a draw on what was...
Jul 25, 2019 8:00 am
There is a hell of a debate going now in the United States about the autocratic style of leadership that Donald Trump seems to prefer.
The word there is that “he is destroying our democracy, he is taking away the very sense of who we...
Jul 3, 2019 8:00 am
There are tangible benefits for persons belonging to sophisticated jurisdictions whose services are international in scope. Experience is gained through opportunity and exposure. In Bermuda, as everywhere, the opportunity may arise in either the...
Jun 25, 2019 8:00 am
It would be very easy to start a war with Iran and there is no question of whether the United States is the stronger of the two militarily with its superior airpower. However, war is about outcome and achieving goals that neutralise the...
Jun 22, 2019 8:00 am
I am not one for conspiracy theories, although it is patently obvious that there are too many incidents that are not above board. Like this near imminent war with Iran, which has the air of being so similar to the war on Iraq.
I was never...
May 29, 2019 8:00 am
They say “fair is fair” or, otherwise put, “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.
News and journalism are meant to be objective and impartial. I hear CNN is losing viewers and, as one such viewer, I may be able to attest to...
May 27, 2019 8:00 am
Democracy is an ideal that is not easily achievable. Unfortunately, too many people think we have achieved it already, simply because we are allowed to vote.
The right to vote is only one principle and even there the right is not exercised...
Apr 27, 2019 8:00 am
It’s just a fact the Progressive Labour Party has 29 Members of Parliament from which to choose the make-up of its 12-member Cabinet. However, the selection process is not as simple as spinning the wheel of fortune, and every person that comes up...
Apr 23, 2019 8:00 am
It may be hard to imagine better days are coming, particularly when everything around us represents chaos: the closure of the Rosebank branch of Butterfield Bank, school populations declining, some very old established businesses folding and the...
Apr 18, 2019 8:00 am
Bermuda will mourn the death of Lloyd James, a tall, imposing batsman who was a true legend.
My memory goes back to his first Cup Match century of 147 runs. His century was devastating to Somerset, who at the time had dominated the Cup...
Mar 28, 2019 8:00 am
So Bermuda is blacklisted with the European Union and the hopes are to get off the list as soon as possible to avoid future losses in business and real damage to the economy. The perception of Bermuda as a tax haven, in spite of everything the...
Mar 19, 2019 8:00 am
I recall back in and around 1998, Bermuda’s change to politically appointed MPs for the post of Attorney-General, which caused me to ponder the difference in efficacy between those government systems that have the AG’s chambers as part of...
Mar 11, 2019 8:00 am
Many years ago, somewhere in or around 1996, the Human Rights Commission, during one of its sensitivity training sessions for the commissioners, employed two highly reputable psychologists to conduct the sessions. During one such session, they...
Feb 12, 2019 8:00 am
When Barack Obama won the United States presidential election in 2008, for the black Western experience it was monumental. Most of those born in the 1950s and earlier could not have imagined that such a phenomenon was possible in their lifetime.
Feb 6, 2019 8:00 am
Two-and-a-half years gone and two more to go, thus the election bell begins to chime. America is into presidential-election mode, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, is defending his leadership and Bermuda is quietly slipping into its...
Jan 28, 2019 8:00 am
Brexit, trade wars between China and the United States, commercial and diplomatic tension between Saudi Arabia and Canada, the dissolution of the North American Free Trade Agreement, aside from the Middle East crisis with migration worldwide and...
Jan 19, 2019 8:00 am
“Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the...
Jan 14, 2019 8:00 am
There is a saying that goes, “You don’t miss the water until the well runs dry” — a true maxim that has so many variations as examples in our lives.
I am amazed at the tenacity of many of our retailers who continue to keep their doors open,...
Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am
It is hard to tell a true story without names to avoid libel yet it must be told. Further, there are enough people on this matter, who can tell their own story. Understandably there was a time when to mumble would put one at tremendous risk of...
Jan 4, 2019 8:00 am
A long time ago, or should I say “once upon a time”, while there was yet darkness in the lands, simultaneously there existed the brightness of a hope for a better day.
The 1940s saw a band of newly educated persons pushing in the areas of...
Dec 13, 2018 8:00 am
One day when we open up the books and be honest with ourselves, we will be able to look at the travesty that took place in the early 1990s. A travesty not quite of the proportion of the Tucker’s Town land reappropriation, but every bit as...
Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am
It’s good to look at history to see what works and to ascertain systems that are more effective or best.
It’s not to suggest that we can come to a position of absoluteness, but at least we can have a comparative analysis from which to draw...
Dec 4, 2018 8:00 am
There is perhaps very little difference between a supposition and a hunch. Of the two words, I think “hunch” is the more innocent. I have been a political observer for more than 40 years and for the most part the issues were clear and the...
Nov 22, 2018 8:00 am
I have been pondering over several city and county names such as New York, New England, New Brunswick, and the list goes on.
The common factor is the term “new”, but probably just as common is that at one time these were new visions by...
Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am
America will celebrate its 400-year anniversary of colonisation through Virginia. The executive branch has mobilised a committee to recognise African inclusion, and Bermuda is integral to its existence. We often hear of Plymouth Rock and the...
Nov 10, 2018 8:00 am
The sociological theory that crisis brings change rang true in the midterm elections. Many Americans, indeed much of the world, breathed a sigh of relief if not jubilation that sanity and human civility can be effectively be re-engaged in...
Nov 6, 2018 8:00 am
The midterm elections today will be a referendum on whether Americans want a president or a king. No president until now has challenged the function of the republic as has Donald Trump. However, the self-proclaimed nationalist cannot do it alone;...
Oct 29, 2018 8:00 am
What can we in the West do for the crisis in the Middle East? The present recipe of war stokes passion, promotes ideological conflict and raises tensions between people as they are thrust together running from conflict zones. This approach may...
Oct 22, 2018 8:00 am
The latest issue of world news that has entertained us and kept audiences captive for the past week has been the murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist and US resident.
It is so...
Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am
Does the sacking of Trevor Moniz, Michael Dunkley and Jeanne Atherden mean the end of their politics or another round in the battle for change? None of them is too old in a political sense and they each have a long list of experiences that cannot...
Oct 13, 2018 8:00 am
The big news is that the United States, Canada and Mexico have a new trade deal called USMCA. The small news is that it is actually the same deal with some tiny but poignant adjustments that favour the Americans.
The subtle truth is there...
Oct 9, 2018 8:00 am
There are times and indicators that cause me to have great concern for Bermuda and its future. I don’t want to paint the illusion that the rest of the world has got it and is doing great because everywhere there are political squabbles over the...
Sep 25, 2018 8:00 am
“Don’t shoot the messenger”, a comment often heard in our political circles and debates. I can recall many years ago while still in my teens and perhaps what may be considered formative years.
It was a time when I questioned the world and...
Sep 20, 2018 8:00 am
While having coffee, a gentleman slightly older than I asked a question with gravity in his voice. He asked: “Khalid, what has happened to us?” He then said: “Somebody needs to tell the story because, otherwise, these children and this generation...
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