Nov 162011
 
Raising Barry - An Unconventional Parent Raises A President

Ann Dunham (Soetoro) Sutoro’s life is changing the course of history, yet most people have never heard of this remarkable woman. When I first met Ann in Jakarta in March 1981, I had no idea how great an impact she would have on world history and politics. I was travelling on a field trip as […]

Nov 052011
 
Bhutan: The Happy Magical Dragon Kingdom Part 2

While Bhutan’s version of modernisation is bringing it many benefits and its idealism is welcome in a world of so much cynicism, the country of course is far from perfect. The issue of national identity can be vexing and has led to a mass exodus from the country of people from Nepal. The concept of […]

Nov 042011
 
Bhutan: The Happy Magical Dragon Kingdom Part 1

Bhutan is one of the few magical countries left on earth.  What particularly attracted us to visit it, is the fact that this is the country that invented the idea of Gross National Happiness – but more about this later. About the size of Switzerland, this Himalayan kingdom is a country of mountainous forests, riverine valleys and only 700,000 people, steeped in Buddhist mysticism.  […]

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