OPINION

Tilting at More than Windmills in South Asia

NEW YORK – “Tilt” is a word with a history in South Asia. Nearly a half-century ago, Pakistan’s government brutally repressed its citizens in the eastern part of the country. Millions of refugees streamed into India, which mobilized its armed forces. Pakistan attacked, and India responded. Full-scale war ensued. When …

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The real ‘herd mentality’

A newspaper has recently talked about the ‘herd mentality’ in the Japan Learn and Earn Program (LEP) case. The paper’s editorial makes a fair point when it says that some people initially wanted to bring Sonam Tamang back, and this stance changed after a professional medical explanation by the Prime …

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The real issues in the Sonam Tamang and LEP case

It is good to see that the Honorable Prime Minister has responded through his official account on the issue of Sonam Tamang. In times of darkness the words from the head of the government is reassuring and also sends a clear signal. Lyonchhen is absolutely right that it is not …

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Boris Johnson and the Triumph of Gullibility? 

LONDON – US President Donald Trump has already proclaimed that Boris Johnson, Britain’s new prime minister, is popular because he is seen as “Britain Trump” (sic). After all, both politicians are widely seen as having a “populist” style. For cynics, this implies a willingness to tell blindingly obvious untruths if doing so …

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The Exploitation Time Bomb

NEW DELHI – Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened. This trend, typically blamed on trade liberalization and technological advances that have weakened the bargaining power of labor vis-à-vis capital, has generated a political backlash in many countries, with voters blaming their economic plight on “others” rather …

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Safeguarding Health in a Warming World

GENEVA – From infrastructure damage caused by extreme weather events to drought-induced food insecurity, there are many climate risks for which the world should urgently be preparing. But one of the areas where climate change poses arguably the most significant risk is barely being discussed: human health. When natural disasters …

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Private clinics doing well in Thimphu

There are two private clinics in Thimphu, Padkar and Menjong diagnostic centre. The two clinics have been receiving quite a good number of patients every year. Menjong clinic was established in 2012 while Padkar was established in July 2015. In 2018, Padkar Diagnostic received 4,267 patients and Menjong Diagnostic centre …

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A Grassroots Antidote to Populism

PARIS – The political parties that once dominated Western democracies have been shaken to the core. Many have suffered electoral debacles, not least in France, Italy, Greece, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Others have changed so radically that only their name remains the same. The Republican Party of US President …

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Thorthormi lake: Bhutan’s impending climate disaster

The Thorthormi glacial lake in northern Bhutan is considered the country’s likeliest climate-induced disaster. The lake, perched at a height of more than 4,400 metres, is swelling because of melting ice, and is in danger of bursting its wall. Efforts by the Bhutanese government to lower the lake’s water level …

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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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