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Khalid Wasi

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  • The tragedy of change agents
    May 26, 2020 8:00 am

    The tragedy of change agents

    Often we hear of persons forced to live in exile and, typically when we do, we think of persons fleeing the Soviet bloc or China, or many African regimes. Rarely do we consider jurisdictions in the West filled with human rights legislation as...

  • We need some fresh perspective to deal with this crisis
    May 22, 2020 8:00 am

    We need some fresh perspective to deal with this crisis

    It would be nice if we could see life beyond politics, in particular beyond personalised politics. If we could for just a minute look at things from a sociological perspective, or even historical rather than as a PLP, UBP, or OBA perspective it...

  • Time for co-operation in the face of the pandemic
    May 15, 2020 8:00 am

    Time for co-operation in the face of the pandemic

    During this Arabic calendar month of Ramadan, it is worth extracting some of the essence that resonates with its significance: “One word of truth is heavier than the universe.”

    Said in other words, “the universe will implode and crumble...

  • Recovery and relief – spot the difference
    May 11, 2020 8:00 am

    Recovery and relief – spot the difference

    Has anyone noticed that no one to date has come forward with an economic recovery plan? Please note, we are not saying there have not been any efforts of relief at all, or that there is no attempt to mitigate the Covid-19 effects on the economy,...

  • A hole in the bottom of our boat
    Apr 28, 2020 8:00 am

    A hole in the bottom of our boat

    Scientist Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion, which dates all the way back to the 17th century, states that “a body will remain in a state of rest or uniform motion (velocity) until acted upon by a net force (greater force)”.

    That...

  • In order to receive good, do good
    Apr 23, 2020 8:00 am

    In order to receive good, do good

    I know many of us around the world are saying that in spite of the tremendous disruption and setbacks the world is going through, somehow the pause is having some good.

    I speak of the pictures we have seen of clear skies without smog and...

  • Judgment Day over leadership on the horizon
    Apr 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Judgment Day over leadership on the horizon

    Throw political or economic ideology out of the door; whatever works is the new logic.

    The question of “who leads?”, whether it is the scientist, economist or the market ideologist, has been the subject of capitalism or socialism.

  • Society should be about virtue
    Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am

    Society should be about virtue

    “Lord, am I worthy for you to enter under my roof?”

    In a previous column, I talked about what we commonly call karma or reaping what we sow. Today, I want to introduce a parallel subject of “worthiness”.

    Too...

  • Encourage a return to entrepreneurship
    Mar 25, 2020 8:00 am

    Encourage a return to entrepreneurship

    There is a lot of truth in the phrase “you reap what you sow”. We may not want to look at it, but in some ways, it’s like trying to run from one’s own shadow, which inevitably must follow.

    I have learnt to embrace our human imperfections...

  • We need to keep people employed
    Mar 23, 2020 8:00 am

    We need to keep people employed

    History repeats itself and the gory tragedies, which as tales and legends of the past, come back to truly haunt unsuspecting generations.

    A little more than a century ago, I lost a few of my ancestors to yellow fever, which was followed a...

  • Act decisively to respond to virus threat
    Mar 9, 2020 8:00 am

    Act decisively to respond to virus threat

    The coronavirus is taking the world by storm, affecting global trade and travel. Bermuda is highly dependent on the cruise industry and airline flights, the two areas of global industry that are affected the most.

    It is unlikely these two...

  • Bermuda can follow Saudi’s lead by building a new town
    Feb 29, 2020 8:00 am

    Bermuda can follow Saudi’s lead by building a new town

    Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is embarking on a very ambitious city project called Neom. The name means “new future”. The idea is to set a new beginning for the youth of Saudi and in reality, the world.

    This project is not...

  • Out with the brown, in with the green
    Feb 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Out with the brown, in with the green

    Previously, I wrote about ingenuity and today I will focus on the value of earning foreign exchange. There is much talk about revitalising the economy. Added to that conversation is that of closures of many local shops and businesses.

    Then...

  • Ingenuity trumps confidence
for meaningful turnaround
    Feb 11, 2020 8:00 am

    Ingenuity trumps confidence for meaningful turnaround

    I read Sir John Swan’s opinion with interest, and let me first say I don’t disagree with his take on the state of Bermuda’s economy because it has become a manifest reality.

    When the Premier himself concludes the same, it means it is not a...

  • Don’t replace one form of colonisation with another
    Feb 6, 2020 8:00 am

    Don’t replace one form of colonisation with another

    The recent tabling of a motion to change the Somers Day holiday to Mary Prince Day will stir emotions. There are a number of issues surrounding the date, historical relevance and context that collide and need to be guided.

    Indeed, the Cup...

  • We need to work harder for freedom
    Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am

    We need to work harder for freedom

    The fight against being oppressed is not the same as fighting for freedom. Every liberation battle does not end with freedom as an automatic consequence.

    Liberators and seekers of freedom are often conflated; the very ideas are often...

  • Our leaders should always serve with integrity and openness
    Dec 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Our leaders should always serve with integrity and openness

    Once again history has been made with the congressional impeachment of Donald Trump. The President of the United States is the third in my lifetime — fourth in 200 years, out of 45 presidents — indicted to be impeached. I recall the first...

  • Understanding the dynamics of doing business
    Dec 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Understanding the dynamics of doing business

    I had a close friend who at one time in his life was an absolute radical. He would not have minded being called a Communist because he saw himself as a victim of capitalism.

    This sense of being a victim, particularly of capitalism, was in...

  • The one-party state
    Dec 7, 2019 8:00 am

    The one-party state

    If by the year 1993, the United Bermuda Party had reached the point of being a diminished political entity, what is the One Bermuda Alliance’s value to the electorate using the same social formula?

    Lets go to racial demographics, which is...

  • A new vision of prosperity is needed
    Nov 14, 2019 8:00 am

    A new vision of prosperity is needed

    Two contrasting ideas that underscore a tale of two cities: the Premier’s speech about market intervention, and Robert Pires’s purported comment that Portuguese were brought to Bermuda because blacks after slavery did not want to work.

    The...

  • For a functional independence
    Oct 21, 2019 8:00 am

    For a functional independence

    After watching the funeral of the late MP Walton Brown Jr, I am mindful of an old comment put on fallen soldiers’ graves: “Let my death have more meaning than my life”.

    I listened carefully to all the commentaries, and, indeed, they...

  • See the world with a fresh perspective
    Sep 30, 2019 8:00 am

    See the world with a fresh perspective

    Greta Thunberg gave the world a dose of youthful vigour. If we are fair with ourselves, most adults will admit we, too, have been there.

    Political expressions from youth are often either of utopias or of catastrophes. They speak purely and...

  • A clarion call for Bermuda’s progress
    Sep 25, 2019 8:00 am

    A clarion call for Bermuda’s progress

    Is this protracted trade war and conflict between the United States and China a test of will, money or systems?

    The US is a market economy, where the producers are entrepreneurs with their own capital at risk, while China is a command...

  • The pendulum has swung towards more civility
    Aug 22, 2019 8:00 am

    The pendulum has swung towards more civility

    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...

  • Be strong. Things must get better
    Aug 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Be strong. Things must get better

    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...

  • Taking the Premier at face value
    Aug 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Taking the Premier at face value

    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...

  • Ensure that the net good exceeds the harm
    Aug 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Ensure that the net good exceeds the harm

    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...

  • Our world is interconnected
    Jul 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Our world is interconnected

    Social media reveals much about how people think. In short bites thought to be quotes of brilliance, whole worlds of thought and ethics can be released.

    Take, for example, this comment made on one of my articles: “It’s amazing how...

  • Now is the time to protect freedom
    Jul 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Now is the time to protect freedom

    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...

  • We must celebrate our own
    Jul 3, 2019 8:00 am

    We must celebrate our own

    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...

  • Stop with the bias – Iran does not want war
    Jun 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Stop with the bias – Iran does not want war

    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...

  • Not too late to love thy neighbour
    Jun 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Not too late to love thy neighbour

    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...

  • An example not to follow
    Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

    An example not to follow

    This crisis along the United States southern border with Mexico is in reality a humanitarian crisis and a reflection of a failed regional policy. Hundreds of thousands of persons, many of whom are women and children, are fleeing from...

  • It’s the economy, stupid
    Jun 8, 2019 8:00 am

    It’s the economy, stupid

    How many times have we heard the expression “It’s the economy, stupid”? Well or, in that old familiar Bermudian vernacular, “Oh well”, it truly is the economy.

    To my detractors on this subject, I acknowledge my self-interest. In some ways,...

  • We must work together to reinvent Bermuda
    Jun 5, 2019 8:00 am

    We must work together to reinvent Bermuda

    “Beware when you bring in a prince to get rid of your problems because, while he may get rid of your problem, the next problem is how to get rid of the prince.”

    That is a proverb that has a myriad of literal and...

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