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A Biden Victory Could Reset Transatlantic Relations

NEW YORK – In his opening address to the European Council on Foreign Relations’ (ECFR) annual meeting, German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas claimed that regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election this November, Europeans “will have to think about how to better contain the conflicts in Europe’s vicinity, even …

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The Nationalization debate

There are two parties to blame for the issues in the mining industry. One is the mine owner and how the owner or owners run the mine with a short-term view but the bigger flaw lies with the Department of Geology and Mines and their poor monitoring system that allows …

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The danger of complacency

For those under a rock in the last few weeks, COVID-19 is knocking hard on our border gates with a number of cases and outbreaks right across the border. If one looks at a Bhutan, we are virtually surrounded by various states impacted by COVID-19 with the two main ones …

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Firm Priorities for Fragile States

LONDON/MONROVIA/KIGALI – No country has been spared the impact of COVID-19. But some – the world’s most “fragile states” – face a particularly difficult set of challenges. Before the pandemic arrived, Yemen, Sudan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Venezuela, and other struggling countries were already beset by poverty, conflict, corruption, …

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A middle path on mining

Public memory is short in Bhutan. The now profitable Gypsum mines of SMCL was operated very unprofitably and at a loss by the government until 1980, after which private owners took over and turned it around. The NRDCL a few years ago invested Nu 400 mn in stone quarries all …

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America’s Cops Must Stop Attacking Journalists

WASHINGTON, DC – It is no surprise that journalists would go out to the streets to cover the largest and most widespread protests the United States has experienced in more than 50 years. What has been surprising is that journalists would meet with violence and retaliation at the hands of …

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A tough year ahead

The 2020-21 financial year budget reading shows that Bhutan has a tough financial year ahead, especially in a country where the government is by far the largest mover of the economy as a large chunk of GDP growth still depends on government expenditure. With the COVID-19 impact GDP growth rate …

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America’s Mis-Police State

MILWAUKEE – George Floyd’s death at the hands – and under the knee – of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has triggered a wave of peaceful protests and violent rioting in most major cities across the United States. Caught on video for the world to see, the incident has driven …

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Bogus claims

Bhutan is hard hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 and the one thing that the government and country does not have much of is money. This is why cut backs are being made in recurrent expenditure and belts are being tightened to ‘do more with less’ as said …

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