OPINION

The World George H.W. Bush Made

CAMBRIDGE – I have worked for four US presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike, and perhaps the most important thing I have learned along the way is that little of what we call history is inevitable. What happens in this world is the result of what people choose to do and …

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Financing International Cooperation

NEW YORK – Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level is dangerously inadequate. The United Nations system, the European Union, and other multilateral organizations are under great stress, because their budgets are inadequate to meet their responsibilities. While a few free-market ideologues may …

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The Limits of China’s Charm Offensive

STOCKHOLM – Over the last decade, China has taken an increasingly muscular approach to relations with East Asian countries. But in recent months, it has surprised its neighbors with a charm offensive. What changed? In terms of China’s behavior in the region, quite a lot. In 2013, China unilaterally declared …

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Sounding The Hydropower Projects’ Death Knell

It has been four long years; it has taken 54 blistering articles at an average of over one article a month! I was the lone crusader ranting away like a man possessed – lamenting at the destruction that continues to be caused by a disaster named “hydropower”. The deafening silence …

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Meet the new Cabinet

So who are the 10 new ministers and what are their backgrounds. I present a list of the 10 here. The Foreign Minister is the party spokesperson and one of the founders of DNT, Lyonpo (Dr) Tandin Dorji, 50, has masters in international public health and MBA and who worked …

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Bhutan Gets A Brand New Set Of Cabinet

The madness is behind us – elections are over and we now have a brand new set of Cabinet Members. They may not be the leaders some of us chose – but from here on, they will lead us and our lives will be intrinsically linked to what they do …

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America’s Ongoing Civil War

– By Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – America continues be in a state of civil war. Not just a civil war, but the civil war. In the first round, back in the 1860s, the Confederacy lost. Yet now the Confederacy is temporarily on top. The United States remains one …

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Why is Democracy Faltering?

NEW YORK – Jair Bolsonaro, the frontrunner for the Brazilian presidency, is a far-right, gun-loving, media-baiting hyper-nationalist. The fact that he would be right at home among many of today’s global leaders – including the leaders of some of the world’s major democracies – should worry us all. This compels …

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The China Backlash

HONG KONG – On a recent official visit to China, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized his host country’s use of major infrastructure projects – and difficult-to-repay loans – to assert its influence over smaller countries. While Mahathir’s warnings in Beijing against “a new version of colonialism” stood out for …

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