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Khalid Wasi

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  • A simmering story of repression
    Dec 13, 2018 8:00 am

    A simmering story of repression

    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...

  • Rely on the free market for drive, initiative and genius
    Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Rely on the free market for drive, initiative and genius

    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...

  • Exodus – movement of the people
    Dec 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Exodus – movement of the people

    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...

  • A new Bermuda is required for us to be truly ‘another world’
    Nov 22, 2018 8:00 am

    A new Bermuda is required for us to be truly ‘another world’

    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...

  • American way of life indebted to Bermuda
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    American way of life indebted to Bermuda

    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...

  • Mandates come and mandates go
    Nov 10, 2018 8:00 am

    Mandates come and mandates go

    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...

  • Does America want a president or a king?
    Nov 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Does America want a president or a king?

    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;...

  • Art, not bombs, will reform Middle East
    Oct 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Art, not bombs, will reform Middle East

    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...

  • Work with the Saudi Crown Prince and his reforms
    Oct 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Work with the Saudi Crown Prince and his reforms

    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...

  • Ask what you can do for your country
    Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Ask what you can do for your country

    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...

  • There goes the idea of a unified world
    Oct 13, 2018 8:00 am

    There goes the idea of a unified world

    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...

  • We must avoid ‘analysis paralysis’
    Oct 9, 2018 8:00 am

    We must avoid ‘analysis paralysis’

    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...

  • Doth protest too much
    Oct 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Doth protest too much

    The Brett Kavanaugh nomination and the subsequent accusations of sexual misconduct is a traumatising experience for American politics but it throws the whole issue of ethics into another realm.

    I listened to the testimony of Christine...

  • ‘New’ OBA needs to raise game
    Sep 29, 2018 8:00 am

    ‘New’ OBA needs to raise game

    I am always impressed by the opinions of pundits, especially from longstanding opinionists such as Phil Perinchief. Perhaps it’s my naivetey, although I am sure he is right; it’s just that I cannot be as resolute as he.

    It’s fairly...

  • A thousand points of light
    Sep 25, 2018 8:00 am

    A thousand points of light

    “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...

  • An inconvenient truth
    Sep 20, 2018 8:00 am

    An inconvenient truth

    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...

  • Leadership comes with an unwritten code of honour
    Sep 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Leadership comes with an unwritten code of honour

    As a columnist I don’t wish to be partisan by failing to speak about any matter of public concern. The recent remarks that the Minister of National Security confirms to have been said by him are graphic and concerning.

    No, it’s not the...

  • Envisioning our future
    Aug 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Envisioning our future

    What legacy would you like to see our youth leave behind? Better said, what legacy should they want to leave behind for themselves?

    I can almost hear the rumbling thoughts in the many adults’ minds who feel the youth today seemingly don’t...

  • Give more power to the people
    Aug 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Give more power to the people

    Under our parliamentary style of democracy, the leader of the country who is called Premier must first gain a seat in Parliament. They then must be selected by the majority of the House of Assembly and be able to demonstrate that they command the...

  • Glorifying in the whip hand when whips should be in our past
    Aug 18, 2018 8:00 am

    Glorifying in the whip hand when whips should be in our past

    I recall one evening, somewhere around 1968, being shocked out of my boots at a political rally at Devonshire Recreation Club when Arthur Hodgson said in a speech with his bellowing deep voice: “The objective in politics is to gain power.”...

  • The march towards human dignity
    Aug 14, 2018 8:00 am

    The march towards human dignity

    The conversation about the long march for human dignity will cross many borders of thought. Depending, of course, on how one defines a human, or what is the criterion of being a human, will set the parameter of any debate on the subject. For ease...

  • Fear of the electorate
    Aug 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Fear of the electorate

    There is one thing that holds true: people don’t always know what they want, but they do know what they don’t want.

    This shows when looking at politics and the evolution of ideas of freedom and democracy. If one was looking for a...

  • I must have been dreaming
    Aug 6, 2018 8:00 am

    I must have been dreaming

    My apologies, but I have to interrupt my writing today to report a dream. Last Monday night, I had a long but very clear dream. The location was Cedar Hill, Warwick — the entire hillside, including all the valley that consumes the bowling alley...

  • Living wage is of benefit to all society
    Jul 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Living wage is of benefit to all society

    I need to speak to the thorny subject of a minimum and living wage, which has been proposed as legislation. I can certainly relate to the morality of people working and earning enough to afford a roof over their heads and raise a family, with all...

  • The double jeopardy of bondage
    Jul 24, 2018 8:00 am

    The double jeopardy of bondage

    I have been driven to a saturation point with some social-media displays. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a person’s sharing, but nowadays one has to be judicious about how much information they want to consume. Watching the police shoot a...

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