OPINION

Why a US-China Trade Deal Is Not Enough

WASHINGTON, DC – As Chinese and American trade negotiators meet in Washington to try to forge an accord on trade, observers are largely focused on the countries’ economic disagreements, such as over China’s subsidies to its state-owned enterprises. But to think that an agreement on trade will protect the world …

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India’s Vote-Buying Budget

NEW DELHI – One sign that an Indian general election is imminent, and that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is readying its campaign pitch, is the government’s final pre-election budget. By tradition, it is an “interim budget” – a modest rollover of expenditures to see the government through for …

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The Coming China Shock

CAMBRIDGE – In September 2018, we argued that China’s economic and foreign policies were defying the “laws” of economics and geopolitics, and warned that the situation could not last. Since then, our assessment has been borne out, and our concerns have deepened. Until recently, China had been able to pursue a unique …

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Global Health Versus Online Trolls

BOSTON – The most frustrating part of my job as a public health scientist is the spread of false information – usually online – that overrides years of empirical research. It is difficult enough for doctors to counter medical falsehoods in face-to-face conversations with patients. It becomes even harder to …

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Raising the minimum daily wage rate-a double-edged sword

As pledged in the manifesto to raise the minimum daily wage rate to Nu 450 from the existing Nu 125, the Prime Minister (Dr) Lotay Tshering announced recently in the parliament that the newly instituted fourth pay commission is currently working to come up with a decent minimum daily wage …

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The World Needs Europe

BRUSSELS – As we usher in a new year, the future direction of the European Union has never been more important, both for Europe and for the rest of the world. In these increasingly tumultuous times, the EU can provide the stability and hope that the world so desperately needs. …

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The Vital Isolation of Indigenous Groups

NEW DELHI – The remote, coral-fringed North Sentinel Island made headlines late last year, after an American Christian missionary’s covert expedition to convert its residents – the world’s last known pre-Neolithic tribal group – ended in his death. The episode has cast a spotlight on the threats faced by the …

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