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Khalid Wasi

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  • Moving on from the past is the way forward
    Sep 24, 2020 8:00 am

    Moving on from the past is the way forward

    Listening to the United States presidential election and the deep divide, you can’t help but think that they are so dangerously close to civil war as a result of rampant hatred and the two-world realities shown dramatically by the media.

  • Ginsburg a formidable role model
    Sep 23, 2020 8:00 am

    Ginsburg a formidable role model

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern-day role model of courage, conviction and principled stewardship while at the same time displaying the indomitable spirit of a true human.

    We all can take example from her to strengthen our own...

  • Looking for ideas and not just leaders
    Sep 18, 2020 8:00 am

    Looking for ideas and not just leaders

    The epic question: did the times make great leaders? Or did great leaders make the times? It doesn’t take too much work to describe Bermuda as living in perilous times of political disillusionment, economic uncertainty and social disquiet.

  • Forty-five years later: a movement I thought the PLP would become
    Sep 15, 2020 8:00 am

    Forty-five years later: a movement I thought the PLP would become

    Whether anyone believes the appearance of the Free Democratic Movement is just a trick or political ploy, one interesting phenomenon is it’s called a “movement”.

    I read John Barritt’s opinion and he right away characterised FDM properly by...

  • War as usual for foreseeable future
    Sep 11, 2020 8:00 am

    War as usual for foreseeable future

    With an electorate of 47,000-plus showing a marginal 5 per cent rise in voter participation between the elections of 2017 and now, no doubt this rise was not in births, but in the redefinition of who by grant of status can now vote.

    In...

  • Embracing women in power
    Sep 5, 2020 8:00 am

    Embracing women in power

    I have been pondering over the proper if not adequate term to describe the rise in all spheres of feminine public roles. In that regard can I use the term “The embrace of women and femininity” rather than the female “rise in stature” on the...

  • Identity of the native Bermudian
    Aug 25, 2020 8:00 am

    Identity of the native Bermudian

    “O you mankind, surely We created you of a male and a female, and We have made you races and tribes that you may get mutually acquainted. Surely the most honourable among you in the providence of God are the most pious; surely God is...

  • A flick of the switch
    Aug 17, 2020 8:00 am

    A flick of the switch

    The selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate in the United States presidential election signalled there is still a reason for hope in the great American idea.

    It was an idea that was born as a bright light in the darkness of...

  • An ideal political system does not exist yet
    Aug 14, 2020 8:00 am

    An ideal political system does not exist yet

    I recall 30 years ago feeling that the old guard of the United Bermuda Party had run its course and it was time not just for new blood, but a wholesale change.

    Notwithstanding, I also recall the likes of the late Julian Hall and others...

  • We are missing a rite of passage for our youth
    Aug 7, 2020 8:00 am

    We are missing a rite of passage for our youth

    I would like to take time to do something I have not done enough of. Growing up as a young man for every boy can be a challenge.

    I could only imagine that if for every age there is a unique challenge, then every neighbourhood, family,...

  • Exploding the myths about
our West Indian heritage
    Aug 3, 2020 8:00 am

    Exploding the myths about our West Indian heritage

    There has been much chatter recently on the West Indies and Bermuda, and how the populations intertwine. Particularly by a writer who insists that the black Bermuda population’s origins were primarily from the Caribbean.

    His views are not...

  • What happened to the enthusiasm of lawyers?
    Jul 17, 2020 8:00 am

    What happened to the enthusiasm of lawyers?

    Many years ago — in fact, to be precise, it was 45 years and just shy of one month — I learnt that the idea of “judgment day”, as opposed to being a cataclysmic event, was actually always happening simultaneous to what we perceived as now.

  • New governor’s appointment is about state of the economy
    Jul 10, 2020 8:00 am

    New governor’s appointment is about state of the economy

    The history of our governors would be an interesting study. Uncovering their roles and purposes would be like reading the mind of Britain.

    I’m also sure if one were to research the finer details of their governorships, it would be full of...

  • How should we symbolise freedom?
    Jul 7, 2020 8:00 am

    How should we symbolise freedom?

    The recent Black Lives Matters Bermuda march, which was the largest and most comprehensive procession ever witnessed on the streets of Bermuda, was a momentous event. Not to capitalise on that achievement would be a missed opportunity.

  • No real freedom right now
    Jul 1, 2020 8:00 am

    No real freedom right now

    One hundred years from now, how would historians have characterised this period we now call today. In the perspective of black history, how or in what context would this current period be labelled amid the 400 year travail, and assuming one...

  • Robes, gowns and the 
historic inequities in law
    Jun 24, 2020 8:00 am

    Robes, gowns and the historic inequities in law

    The thought of justice and the idea of equal justice under the law have once again raised the attention of lawmakers in the United States, this time with added awareness and apprehension spread around the world.

    Ultimately it comes around...

  • Racism dies only with
passing of generations
    Jun 16, 2020 8:00 am

    Racism dies only with passing of generations

    First, I cannot make an apology for my opinion. It’s my qualified assessment, while realising there are levels along a full spectrum of racial attitudes — some more humanly evolved than others.

    I therefore speak to the lowest level of that...

  • A great man of wisdom and influence
    Jun 13, 2020 8:00 am

    A great man of wisdom and influence

    J.C. “Kit” Astwood was an indomitable force in local politics and business for at least a half-century in Bermuda.

    From the late 1950s and into the 21st century, nothing happened in the political sphere or business that Kit did not have...

  • Eva was such a force of nature
    Jun 10, 2020 8:00 am

    Eva was such a force of nature

    It would be hard not to write about Eva Hodgson, who was an indomitable force and voice against racism in Bermuda. That she lived to such old age while still maintaining her presence is as remarkable.

    Her first book, Second Class...

  • The march towards a better day
    Jun 9, 2020 8:00 am

    The march towards a better day

    Although we live under a parliamentary government, the primary functions or mechanisms of governance are in many ways similar in all government systems.

    During this pandemic the role of the Minister of Finance, called in some jurisdictions...

  • 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...

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