OPINION

A MP Vehicle Fund

Some MPs have come for two to three terms to Parliament but they still complain that Nu 1 mn is not enough to buy a decent vehicle. A little math is in order. An MP gets Nu 1 mn every term in cash to buy a car. But bigger than …

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The real threat to the media

The friday question and answer session in Parliament saw a Opposition MP saying that some media personnel went to the Opposition party with a couple of voice recordings of the PM, alleging ‘harassment.’ First off, the media must learn to fight its own battles. If some truly unpleasant incident has …

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Second class citizens in the private sector

Dear fellow private sector friends, With 40,000 business licenses and up-to 160,000 people earning a living from it, you are second in size only to farmers and contribute the bulk of the national revenue. Your taxes (CIT, BIT, Sales Tax, PIT, Customs etc) fund the government and will also help …

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27 Reasons why Modi won

Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has won a massive mandate in the 2019 Indian General Elections even surpassing his landslide win in the 2014 polls. This is a spectacular political feat given the high level of anti-incumbency in Indian politics and the headwinds of a slowing Indian economy and record unemployment. …

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An Intelligent Approach to Mental Health

BOSTON – A few years ago, toward the end of his life, my father battled severe depression. As a physician and professor, he did not lack access to mental-health care. But he had grown up in a society that stigmatized mental illness, and he was unwilling to seek professional help. …

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Why Capitalism Needs Populism

CHICAGO – Big Business is under attack in the United States. Amazon canceled its planned new headquarters in the New York City borough of Queens in the face of strong local opposition. Lindsey Graham, a Republican US senator for South Carolina, has raised concerns about Facebook’s uncontested market position, while his Democratic …

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India’s New Social Media Politics

NEW DELHI – With India’s general election a few weeks away from its conclusion, a crucial question needs to be revisited: what role have social media played in them? Conventional wisdom had it that, in the Indian context, one should always be skeptical about the reach and political impact of …

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Regional analysis of press freedom in 2019

Of all the world’s regions, it is the Americas (North and South) that has suffered the greatest deterioration (3.6 percent) in its regional score measuring the level of press freedom constraints and violations. This was not just due to the poor performance of the United States, Brazil and Venezuela. Nicaragua (114th) fell 24 places, one …

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Global Silence on China’s Gulag

For more than two years, China has waged a campaign of unparalleled repression against its Islamic minorities, incarcerating an estimated one-sixth of the adult Muslim population of the Xinjiang region at one point or another. Yet, with the exception of a recent tweet from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on China to …

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