The waiting

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November 30, 2010 - 10:36 -

Ang San Suu Kyi was released. And there was an election. And
that’s about as concrete as this post is going to get – of course there are
more to be said, but as is always the case with Burma
and her elusive leadership, there are no answers to be found in Rangoon.

As always, details are sketchy, indecipherable and
insufficient and what is really the situation for the average Burmese citizen
is unclear. Getting more concrete than just stating the two above things is not
an easy task.

The Pursuit of Happiness – The Ninth Millennium Development Goal by Nicol Foulkes, NIAS

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November 10, 2010 - 03:27 -

A couple of months ago I attended a lecture
here in Copenhagen given by the charismatic
Prime Minister of the Kingdom
of Bhutan, the Honorable
Jigmi Y. Thinley. Bhutan is
a small country in South Asia nestled between north east India and Tibet
in the Himalayas. With Buddism as the dominant
religion (75%) and Hinduism as the second (25%), it may not come as such a
surprise that Bhutan
is the only country in the world to measure the well-being of its country by
gross national happiness rather than the more widely recognized, gross domestic