OPINION

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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Taking financial literacy to the nooks

With the aim to inculcate good savings habit and create awareness among the younger generation and parents on banking, insurance, and various types of financial services provided by the financial institutions, Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) in partnership with Zangkhar Primary School in Lhuentse observed Global Money Week starting from …

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Why a US-China Trade Deal Is Not Enough

WASHINGTON, DC – As Chinese and American trade negotiators meet in Washington to try to forge an accord on trade, observers are largely focused on the countries’ economic disagreements, such as over China’s subsidies to its state-owned enterprises. But to think that an agreement on trade will protect the world …

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India’s Vote-Buying Budget

NEW DELHI – One sign that an Indian general election is imminent, and that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is readying its campaign pitch, is the government’s final pre-election budget. By tradition, it is an “interim budget” – a modest rollover of expenditures to see the government through for …

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The Coming China Shock

CAMBRIDGE – In September 2018, we argued that China’s economic and foreign policies were defying the “laws” of economics and geopolitics, and warned that the situation could not last. Since then, our assessment has been borne out, and our concerns have deepened. Until recently, China had been able to pursue a unique …

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