Some Musings On How We Can Untangle Our Constitutional Knots: From the Letter of the Law and the Rule of Lawyers, to the Spirit of the Law and the Rule of Law

The present parliamentary impasse or political crisis that lay before us was bound to happen. Like most modern nations we are a constitutional democracy governed by the rule of law and not the rule of men, but in this unfolding drama, it appears that it is the rule of men that has gotten the upper hand.… Read More

A Blueprint for Nation Building

Both of my parents had humble beginnings. They were both born in Lebanon, and were not able to finish primary school because of financial constraints. My father emigrated to St. Kitts in the hope of a better life at the age of 22, and with the help of an uncle and a few relatives, he worked as a clerk and then after about 25 years was able to own and run a haberdashery store, and save to buy a house, a few properties, and was ready to raise a family. At the age of 49, he returned to his homeland and married my mom, and when he returned to St. Kitts, I was born the year after. I have a sister and a brother, and our parents were able to send us to university, where we all graduated with advanced degrees and are now using our gifts and talents to serve our communities to the best of our abilities. Read More

From Political Tribalism to National Unity: How do we get from here to there?

It is said that we are defined as individuals and as a collective by the stories we tell and the games we play. As a nation of laws, the stories we tell revolve around our political party affiliations, and the games we play focus on finding the loopholes and the backdoors in our legal system… Read More

A more beautiful St. Kitts and Nevis our hearts tell us is possible: from Political Tribalism to National Unity

Over the past few months, many historical events in our beloved Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis have given me reasons to pause and to ponder as I try to make sense of what is unfolding before our eyes. Both of our lands of beauty have been traumatized by the scourge of our tribalistic politics,… Read More

Is our political system corrupt, and if so, how can we fix it?

A month ago, I saw a presentation The three sides of corruption by Afra Raymond at TEDxPortofSpain. Having seen it several times, I am beginning to wonder if our political system is corrupt. Mr Raymond defined corruption as “the abuse of a position of trust for the benefit of yourself, your friends, family or your… Read More

Ennobling the political establishment – Seeing the folly of our ways and helping to raise the Bar once and for all for one and all

About twenty years ago, about six months into my medical training, a discussion ensued in my class, which although I did not know it then, has in hindsight, helped me to understand the true nature of the political beast. At that time, we had two very distinguished professors who were constantly destructively criticizing the other,… Read More

Exorcising the demons from my religion – My spiritual odyssey from endarkenment to enlightenment

Over the past month, much has happened in my life and the life of my community that has caused me to pause and reflect on my health and also the health of my community. What has been fermenting and now is bubbling up to the surface is my discontent with the happenings around me as it pertains… Read More

Diagnosing the Root Cause of our Political Dis-Ease and Formulating a Treatment Plan

Two weeks ago, I was honoured to be asked to give the keynote address to an incoming class of medical students, and during my preparations I realized that there was so much I wanted to say which could not have been said in ten minutes.  Although the main points I wanted to get across were… Read More