May 26, 2020 8:00 am
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...
May 22, 2020 8:00 am
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...
May 15, 2020 8:00 am
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...
May 11, 2020 8:00 am
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,...
Apr 28, 2020 8:00 am
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)”.
Apr 23, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Apr 17, 2020 8:00 am
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.
Mar 25, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Mar 23, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Mar 9, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Feb 29, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Feb 14, 2020 8:00 am
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.
Feb 11, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Feb 6, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am
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...
Dec 30, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Dec 19, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Nov 14, 2019 8:00 am
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.
Sep 30, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Sep 25, 2019 8:00 am
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...
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...
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