OPINION

Journalism’s Comeback

OXFORD – After years of ill health, the news industry is finally showing signs of a modest recovery. According to the Digital News Report 2018 – the most comprehensive survey of digital media consumption – subscriptions are trending up while consumer confidence has stabilized. For a much-maligned business that trades in trust, …

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Profit Sharing Now

NEW YORK – At the British Labour Party’s annual conference in Liverpool this month, the shadow chancellor of the exchequer, John McDonnell, proposed a profit-sharing scheme that would grant workers equity in the firms where they are employed. McDonnell raised this idea in what was decidedly a political speech; and …

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Bhutan’s 3rd Parliamentary Elections: One Down, One More To Go

So, the Primary round of our 3rd Parliamentary elections is behind us and we now look forward to the General round. The result did not disappoint – it was unavoidable that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) would emerge victorious. I foresaw too that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would not make it to the General round …

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Messages from 4 Presidents

Message from Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa President With utmost humility, I, on behalf of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa team, congratulate all political parties for their participation in the primary round of the third National Assembly elections. It is a matter of pride, to be part of the process with political parties formidable …

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Home Dzongkhag advantage for Party presidents

With the primary round of election for the National Assembly 2018 just near the doorsteps, one of the most common observations cited by politicians in the field is that majority of the Bhutanese electorates have matured enough to better comprehend the electoral processes and analyze the unrealistic political pledges well …

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How to Prevent Winner-Takes-All Democracy

Democracy is in crisis. Fake news – and fake allegations of fake news – now plagues civil discourse, and political parties have proved increasingly willing to use xenophobia and other malign strategies to win elections. At the same time, revisionist powers like Vladimir Putin’s Russia have been stepping up their efforts to …

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Connecting Bhutan with the Bay of Bengal

Despite attracting new attention as the strategic heart of the Indo-Pacific, the Bay of Bengal remains one of the world’s least integrated regions, with abysmal levels of connectivity and formidable barriers to cooperation. To overcome these divides and foster regionalism, the countries in the region must invest in multilateralism by …

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Confronting Journalism’s Misogynistic Trolls

LONDON – Before the Internet revolutionized how news was gathered and shared, journalists rarely had to worry about the threat of virtual violence. The main risks they faced were in the field: the physical and psychological safety concerns of reporting on disaster and conflict. But today’s media battlefields are increasingly …

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Outgoing PM’s final message to the nation

My dear friends, It is the dream of every Bhutanese to serve our beloved nation, a nation we all love dearly, a nation we are proud of. This enduring spirit and love for our nation unites all Bhutanese. Our benevolent monarchs, the life force of our nation, who have ensured …

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China’s Summer of Discontent

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – Politics has a nasty habit of surprising us – especially in a country like China, where there is little transparency and a lot of intrigue. Five months ago, President Xi Jinping jolted his countrymen by abolishing the presidential term limit and signaling his intention to serve for …

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