Human Rights Abuse in the Bahamas

Someone should call Amnesty International.  The Bahamas is one brutal place and it is getting worse.  Because of its geographic location, it is the epicenter of human trafficking, drug trafficking and all sorts of financial perfidy.  The government is corrupt to the bone.  The Bahamas have been independent for 40 years,  and from 1973 to 1992, the founding Prime Minister, Lyndon Pindling ran drugs to the United States.  The current government is no better.  They are led by a weak, ineffectual prime minister and his cabinet is a kleptocracy of thieves, vote-buyers and low-lifes.  It is no wonder that the social fabric of the Bahamas is unraveling.

Some Cuban refugees landed illegally in the Bahamas on their way to the United States.  They were rounded up and put in a detention center and an inhumane jail.  They made a futile escape effort and were re-caught.  The Bahamian guards beat them severely.  The above is a picture submitted to the government, showing their wounds.  The foreign minister, a man named Fred Mitchell, lied to the Cuban American groups trying to save them.  He had them immediately deported to Cuban, so that there were no witnesses to the human rights atrocities committed by Bahamians.  All the while, he was telling the Americans that they were still in the Bahamas, undergoing due process.

The Bahamas is going downhill fast.  Here are the headlines from yesterday's paper:

  • Cuban Injury Picture Showing A Man's Whipped Back 'Is Genuine'
  • Dengue fever alert in Florida
  • Teenager gunned down outside house
  • 14-year-old boy drowned in pond
  • Marine's death is thought to be suicide
  • THREE DEAD in 48 hours of violence
  • Man dies after being thrown from car

It's not a pretty picture.  So what is one to do if one wants to enjoy, live and work in the tropics?  The answer is the Cayman Islands.  It is one of the most civilized places in the Caribbean and they welcome you with open arms.  Here is a pic of Seven Mile Beach that I took:

It's truly better in the Cayman Islands, and that is where you will find me.

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