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Al Seymour

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  • Imagine no free press
    Sep 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Imagine no free press

    Much of the world is aware of the brutal criticism levelled at the free press by the leader of the most powerful country on the planet. It has been a rough ride for various news outlets including, radio, the print media, and...

  • Values can override bitterness
    Aug 24, 2019 8:00 am

    Values can override bitterness

    There will be no true successful society on the face of this earth, without preservation of positive values such as respect for each other, and the right to free expression with dignity, irrespective of cultural, racial or political differences.

  • A lesson from space for all
    Aug 17, 2019 8:00 am

    A lesson from space for all

    There were celebrations around the world recently to mark 50 years since men began a new chapter in our history by setting foot on the surface of the Moon.

    The footprint of an astronaut’s boot in the lunar sand became an embedded image in...

  • Democratic principles going under the bus
    Jul 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Democratic principles going under the bus

    Around the world, there are multiple conversations taking place about the troubling subject of powerful nations with highly questionable leadership playing diplomatic games that could have consequences for millions.

    With so many areas of...

  • There is little room for error
    Jul 6, 2019 8:00 am

    There is little room for error

    There was bewilderment and relief when much of the world realised that what could have resulted in international consequences was at least averted for the moment when it was learnt that the Trump Administration, even without approval from...

  • More than a biological title
    Jun 10, 2019 8:00 am

    More than a biological title

    With Father’s Day approaching, attention will once again focus on the important role of fathers in helping to provide guidelines for sons or daughters in coping with the challenges of life.

    While mothers have always been regarded as key in...

  • Democracy dies without truth at core
    Jun 4, 2019 8:00 am

    Democracy dies without truth at core

    This has become a small world, made even smaller by massive communications systems producing streams of positive and negative signals that impact life across the planet. I have heard some folks express the view that we are living in an age when...

  • Damaged minds a threat to all
    May 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Damaged minds a threat to all

    After centuries of conflict across the globe, with events that cost millions of lives, along with a heavy toll of damaged minds, the world today has become an atmosphere of utter confusion, over whether poor leadership in many countries will have...

  • A meaningless existence without decency
    May 15, 2019 8:00 am

    A meaningless existence without decency

    Governments in a deeply troubled world are struggling to operate with full transparency, which demands honest disclosures on all matters concerning the people they serve.

    Issues vary from country to country, but at the root of most...

  • A new age for journalism
    Apr 8, 2019 8:00 am

    A new age for journalism

    The never-ending, cyber-space stampede of information sweeping across our planet daily has created new challenges for journalists around the world. The basic principles of this profession remain the same, but the task of seeking truth is often...

  • Vaccine for hatred disease
    Mar 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Vaccine for hatred disease

    With massive global electronic communication, few people on this planet are unaware of the horrible terrorism act in New Zealand, which claimed 50 lives with the possibility of that figure rising owing to a number still being listed as in...

  • Child protection a global concern
    Mar 9, 2019 8:00 am

    Child protection a global concern

    Every society on this planet should be involved in upgrading efforts to protect children who are most vulnerable to military conflicts, along with vicious regimes that abuse and enslave them as workers without being held accountable.

  • Leaders must condemn bad behaviour at sports events
    Feb 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Leaders must condemn bad behaviour at sports events

    Although sport has always been considered one of the unifying activities in Bermuda, much has changed in recent years, with incidents of poor conduct not only from spectators.

    Some participants have also fallen short of what should be...

  • Credibility depends on transparency
    Feb 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Credibility depends on transparency

    Depending on the size of a government, or a country, the issue of transparency in serving the people can vary greatly, but the bottom line will always be a struggle for leaders to place truth, integrity and justice above political...

  • Political America in turmoil
    Jan 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Political America in turmoil

    With thousands of American federal workers left without paycheques, as Donald Trump carried out his threat to shut down the United States Government for not being given $5 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border, much of America is in a...

  • Fading civility and crumbling values
    Jan 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Fading civility and crumbling values

    Bermuda, still one of the most beautiful places on the planet, finds itself along with countries around the world in a struggle to preserve civility and bring a halt to crumbling values that could create social chaos and amount to a threat for...

  • A new year, same old concerns
    Jan 2, 2019 8:00 am

    A new year, same old concerns

    With the fireworks and glitter now behind us, a part of moving from one year to the next, thoughts turn to a disturbing reality that something is happening to America where it pertains to the leadership of a nation billed as the most powerful on...

  • What the world could be wishing for
    Dec 21, 2018 8:00 am

    What the world could be wishing for

    Traditionally, most of us are familiar with the Christmas list syndrome, which is embraced by infants and adults whenever the festive season sweeps through countries that celebrate this wonderful time for sharing all types of gifts for family...

  • Education is a community affair
    Dec 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Education is a community affair

    If Bermuda is to resolve what has become a dilemma in our education system, the entire community must be involved.

    In other words, whatever system is implemented to improve methods for teaching our children can be successful only with full...

  • A testing time for all journalists
    Dec 8, 2018 8:00 am

    A testing time for all journalists

    The world faces countless challenges today, with powerful nations locked in confrontation over issues from economic development to human rights, along with freedom that would enable truth to be revealed — even when it affects global diplomacy or...

  • Materialism and greed
    Dec 1, 2018 8:00 am

    Materialism and greed

    In recent years there has been a heightened pace of urgency in holiday shopping that has reached levels where concern has been raised in the United States as to whether people focus more today on what they can get instead of what they can...

  • It is the people’s right to
question any government
    Nov 24, 2018 8:00 am

    It is the people’s right to question any government

    Once again Bermuda seems to be drifting into a troubling period where even those without strong political attachments are very concerned as to whether the government of the day is really in touch with critical issues that most Bermudians want...

  • Governments and transparency
    Nov 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Governments and transparency

    Whether it is here in Bermuda or elsewhere, no government that operates on the basis of democratic principles is immune from being held accountable for actions that raise questions about transparency. This is particularly significant when...

  • Poor leadership still impacting lives
    Nov 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Poor leadership still impacting lives

    No one needs to be an expert on world history, to know when the quality of leadership becomes so disturbing, questions are raised over whether common values of decency, truth and justice, are no longer relevant, in a world ravaged by political...

  • America’s big decision over leadership
    Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am

    America’s big decision over leadership

    The midterm elections in America in less than two weeks’ time will be a crucial moment in that nation’s history, as a strong message from the electorate will be a statement to the world as to whether they approve or reject the highly...

  • A world starving for truth
    Oct 16, 2018 8:00 am

    A world starving for truth

    The world has never been without grave danger for any messenger daring to tell the truth. Perhaps the ugly truth is that corruption exists whether it is in democratic or dictatorial jurisdictions, creating conditions where people are usually kept...

  • The danger of climate change
    Oct 13, 2018 8:00 am

    The danger of climate change

    Although the subject of climate change and its effect on our planet has been debated for decades, there has been slow reaction from leading industrial countries to take drastic steps to alter the amount of chemical pollution that continues to...

  • Co-operative problem solving needed
    Oct 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Co-operative problem solving needed

    Our political climate appears to be creeping towards further confrontation between the Government and the Opposition over a range of issues.

    While the political arena is seldom without controversial clashes, too often the people and their...

  • Hard lesson for Government and the Opposition party
    Sep 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Hard lesson for Government and the Opposition party

    Bermuda would be in denial, if we fail to accept that because of decades of entrenched racial bias, which emanated from our history of institutionalised segregation after centuries of slavery, and based on skin colour, that every election has...

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