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A cautionary Pyramid tale from Albania

Albania emerged from the collapse of communism in the early 1990s and it had little or no controls and experience with capitalism. With an unaware population and no regulatory checks, the country, according to YouTube channel Rare Earth, saw an explosion of Pyramid schemes where even politicians, government officials and …

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Realism About Foreign-Policy Realism and Ukraine

CAMBRIDGE – Was the current crisis in Ukraine caused by a lack of realism in US foreign policy? According to some analysts, the liberal desire to spread democracy is what drove NATO’s expansion up to Russia’s borders, causing Russian President Vladimir Putin to feel increasingly threatened. Viewed from this perspective, …

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MLM and Pyramid Schemes

Bhutan, within a couple of years, has witnessed the growth of a massive Multi Level Marketing Pyramid Scheme in the form of Enagic selling ‘miracle water,’ or Kangen. This is not the first pyramid scheme in Bhutan and it won’t be the last, but what marks out Enagic as worthy …

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The Fed’s Mad Scramble

NEW HAVEN – The US Federal Reserve has turned on a dime, an uncharacteristic about-face for an institution long noted for slow and deliberate shifts in monetary policy. While the Fed’s recent messaging (it hasn’t really done anything yet) is not as creative as I had hoped, at least it has recognized …

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Wangdue outbreak and accountability

The common refrain during any national crisis is to work together and to not point out any issues. However, with this attitude, we may never learn from our mistakes, and we will be condemned to repeat them. The massive Omicron outbreak in ‘low risk’ Wangduephodrang is a matter that concerns …

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How Facebook Became the Opium of the Masses

PRAGUE – In the war on disinformation, the enemy can be hard to determine. Journalists, politicians, governments, and even grandparents have been accused of enabling the spread of online falsehoods. While none of these groups is entirely innocent, the real adversary is more mundane. As Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified late last year, …

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The Drayang debate

The Drayang ban by the government is not just about Drayangs, but it has far deeper implications. The arbitrary use of executive power by the elected government to take a decision based on morality and hearsay does not portend well for us. Today it could be drayangs, but tomorrow it …

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