Bahamas "Failed Cooperation"

digest: Every strategic US move —including Trump-card play -- is part of its global terror war to salvage a major chunk of its collapsed post WW2 global dictatorship. Kissinger explained US has no permanent friends or enemies, it has interests, summarizing both US imperialist white supremacist geostrategic ‘national security/ politics, and philosophical pragmatism. US manages ‘cooperative’ Bahamian domination ---now a “failed state”.

digest: Media influence’ directed question for ‘correct’ answer\
“It’s all gone. What we’re doing to Mother Earth and the way this turns around on areas like here … I just can’t. Never … never in my life. My heart is broken. I’m in shock.”
Did she consider herself a victim of the climate crisis?
“We are the biggest victims of climate change. But how can we fight for ourselves against bigger, global countries? How do we move forward?”
Limited aid recently arrived in Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands – with officials battling flooding and poor weather conditions for days.

Trump says US 'sending crews' to help Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

Trump says U.S. is sending aid to the Bahamas for Hurricane Doria
President Trump gave an update on Hurricane Dorian from the Oval Office said Florida was "very lucky" but storm could still affect the Carolinas said he would send aid to the Bahamas "hit like few people have seen before."

Foreign aid for the Bahamas could spark a new China threat
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was among the Caribbean leaders who visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago in March after agreeing to stand with the U.S. in supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
In exchange, Trump promised enhanced U.S. lending and investment. The White House previewed the summit by saying Trump is "working with countries in the region to strengthen our security cooperation and counter China’s predatory economic practices."
Between the lines: Huawei has already spent years investing in telecom infrastructure and hardware in Caribbean nations, including the Bahamas. Large swaths of the Bahamas' wiring has been wiped out and must be restored.

As Bahamas Turn To Recovery, U.S. Worries About China Stepping In To Help
....U.S. Navy has yet to be tasked with providing logistical support including sending Marine Protector-class cutters to ...

Navy Poised to Aid Bahamas, Waiting For Formal Request - USNI ... 

Guide to the United States ’History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations since 1776: The Bahamas
As a close neighbor of the United States, The Bahamas has historically enjoyed good diplomatic relations with the United States. Since achieving full independence from the United Kingdom in 1973, The Bahamas has closely cooperated with the United States to reduce drug trafficking and illegal immigration issues.

US State Department
Transparency International
World Bank
CIA World Factbook

U.S. says Bahamas failed to meet fiscal transparency requirements
2019 Fiscal Transparency Report ....released by the U.S. Department of State last week.. notes its assessment is based on progress made between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018....
“The department’s fiscal transparency review process assesses whether governments meet minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. For the purpose of this report, the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency include having key budget documents publicly available, substantially complete and generally reliable.
The review includes an assessment of the transparency of processes for awarding government contracts and licenses for natural resource extraction. Fiscal transparency is a critical element of effective public financial management, helps build market confidence and underpins economic sustainability.”...
Last month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) stated The Bahamas’ legal framework is in line with international standards and as such concluded the jurisdiction is a safe place for financial services and corporate investment activities. However, The Bahamas remains on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list of high-risk jurisdictions with strategic anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism deficiencies....
US Department of State Money Laundering assessment (INCSR)
Bahamas is categorised by US State Department as a Country/Jurisdiction of Primary Concern in respect of Money Laundering and Financial Crimes.
 Due to its proximity to Florida, the Bahamas remains a transit point for trafficking in illegal drugs, firearms, and persons to and from the United States.  Money may be laundered through purchase of real estate and precious metals and stones.  In addition, as an international financial center, the country is vulnerable to money laundering through financial service companies.  In 2018, the Bahamas took significant steps toward strengthening identified AML deficiencies.

Useful Links
FATF the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions... to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system... a “policy-making body” to generate the necessary political will to bring about national legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas. The FATF developed Recommendations  that are recognised as the international standard for combating money laundering and financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  They form the basis for a co-ordinated response to these threats to the integrity of the financial system and help ensure a level playing field...last revised in 2012....
To achieve global implementation of the FATF Recommendations, the FATF relies on a strong global network of FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs), in addition to its own 38 members .  The nine FSRBs have an essential role in promoting the effective implementation of the FATF Recommendations by their membership and in providing expertise and input in FATF policy-making.  Over 200 jurisdictions around the world have commited to the FATF Recommendations through the global network of FSRBs and FATF memberships.
This list shows the status of countries in the FATF's global network, as well as jurisdictions monitored by the FATF's International Co-operation Review Group . 

More information about The Bahamas is available on the Bahamas country page  and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
As a neighbor, The Bahamas and its political stability are especially important to the United States. The United States and the Bahamian government have worked together on reducing crime and addressing illegal migration issues. With the closest island only 50 miles from the coast of Florida, The Bahamas is used often as a gateway for drugs, weapons, and illegal aliens bound for the United States. Bahamian and U.S. law enforcement agencies cooperate closely to address these threats, and the U.S. Coast Guard assists Bahamian authorities in coastal defense through Operation Bahamas, Turks & Caicos (OPBAT). U.S. assistance and resources have been essential to Bahamian efforts to mitigate the persistent flow of illegal narcotics, guns, and migrants through the archipelago. The United States and The Bahamas also cooperate actively on law enforcement, civil aviation, marine research, meteorology, and agricultural issues. The U.S. Navy operates an underwater research facility on Andros Island.
U.S. Assistance to The Bahamas
U.S. foreign assistance to The Bahamas supports the key goals of improving maritime and border security; bolstering law enforcement and counternarcotics efforts, including demand reduction; strengthening the criminal justice system; and improving interdiction capabilities. Regional security programs complement bilateral aid, providing further assistance for law enforcement, citizen safety, and rule-of-law programs.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The Bahamian economy is driven by tourism, international banking, and investment management, which comprise up to 85 percent of GDP. Most of the U.S.-affiliated businesses operating in The Bahamas are associated with tourism and banking; however, there are also several U.S.-owned industrial companies located in Grand Bahama. Historically, a majority of the 5.5 million tourists who visit The Bahamas each year come from the United States. The Bahamas imports nearly all its food and manufactured goods from the United States, although it is beginning to diversify its supply chain to include Asian and Latin American suppliers. U.S. goods and services tend to be favored by Bahamians due to cultural similarities and exposure to U.S. advertising. Due to its dependence on U.S. tourism and trade, the Bahamian economy is affected by U.S. economic performance. The Bahamas struggles with high electricity costs, which impede new investment. The Bahamas is a beneficiary of the U.S.-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection maintains “preclearance” facilities at the airports in Nassau and Freeport. Travelers to the United States, including businesspeople and tourists, are interviewed and inspected before departure, allowing faster connection times in the United States.
Ethnic groups:This entry provides an ordered listing of ethnic groups starting with the largest and normally includes the percent of total population. note: data represent population by racial group
black 90.6%, white 4.7%, black and white 2.1%, other 1.9%, unspecified 0.7% (2010 est.)

Executive branch :This entry includes five subentries: chief of state; head of government; cabinet; elections/appointments; election results. Chief of state includes the name, title, and beginning date in office of the titular leader of the country who represents the state at official and ceremonial functions but may not be involved with the day-to-day activities of the government. Head of government includes the name, title of the top executive designated to manage the executive branch of the government, a...more
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Cornelius A. SMITH (since 28 June 2019)
head of government: Prime Minister Hubert MINNIS (since 11 May 2017)
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by governor general on recommendation of prime minister
elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on advice of prime minister....note: Prime Minister Hubert MINNIS is only the fourth prime minister in Bahamian history following independence from UK; also first prime minister in 25 years besides Perry CHRISTIE and Hubert INGRAHAM, who repeatedly traded the premiership from 1992 to 2017


good entertainment --superficial sense of finance capital’s off-shore center, heavy liberal ‘good guy’ icing, no dire mass oppression
Turks & Caicos stars Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker, Zach Grenier filmed in London and Turks & Caicos.
Johnny Worricker walked out of his job at MI5, going to the airport apparently to choose his destination at random. But his presence on the obscure islands of Turks & Caicos brings him a new problem: being forced by CIA to deal with a group of ambiguous Americans on the islands for a high-level conference world financial crisis. At the same time old girlfriend is asked to betray her London boss to establish illicit connection between the prime minister and dark goings-on in the war on terror.