OPINION

Why End the Global Media Crisis?

WASHINGTON, DC – Almost everywhere one looks nowadays, the news media are in crisis. And unfortunately, although a robust free press is fundamental to a well-functioning democracy, the world’s democratic governments are doing too little to protect it. Media outlets worldwide are struggling to adapt their business models to the …

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How to Tame Big Tech

ITHACA – The Internet was once hailed as a powerful democratizing force – enabling innovative start-ups to compete with established businesses, disrupt entire industries, and create new ones. But as some of those startups grew into behemoths, they turned this force on its head. Far from leveling the playing field, …

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Truth vs. Trump on Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC – Webster’s Dictionary defines “emergency” as “a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence requiring immediate action.” By that standard, US President Donald Trump’s claim that the United States faces an immigration emergency is simply not credible. Immigrants have been coming to the US since its inception, and since 2007 their net numbers …

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The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal

NEW YORK – There are several reasons why US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria, and leave the region’s Kurds vulnerable to neighboring Turkey’s military incursion, was a terrible one. The Kurdish forces in control of the region had been the principal US partner in …

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India’s Democratic Dictatorship

NEW DELHI – Amid much fanfare, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has completed a hundred days of its second term. Despite his government’s poor record, Modi remains immensely popular personally. This does not bode well for Indian democracy. The Modi government’s supporters tout a slew of new repressive legislation …

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Tackling crimes against children

With reports of heinous crimes against children every alternate day, it is clear that we have a national and social problem on our hands. The problem has to be tackled at two levels: One is the successful prosecution of the crime and second more important bit is prevention. On the …

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The Coming Crisis of China’s One-Party Regime

CLAREMONT – On October 1, to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic, Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech that unreservedly celebrates the Communist Party of China’s record since 1949. But, despite Xi’s apparent confidence and optimism, the CPC’s rank and file are increasingly concerned about the …

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Bhutan and the death penalty

The death penalty in Bhutan was abolished on 20th March 2004 in a Royal Kasho by His Majesty The Fourth King. The last time the death penalty was imposed was in 1964 as part of a semi-domestic and semi-foreign judicial process in the trial of Chabdha in relation to the …

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Tackling crimes against children

With reports of heinous crimes against children every alternate day, it is clear that we have a national and social problem on our hands. The problem has to be tackled at two levels: One is the successful prosecution of the crime and second more important bit is prevention. On the …

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Which job is the right job for me?

From studying technical biological sciences, working as a reporter and a teacher to not finding a job to use what I have learnt. Here goes the story of my educational and professional path that is filled with dis-satisfaction and a never- ending confusion. Looking at the labour market in Bhutan …

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