Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Slate came out with an article on Bhutan -- that quirky country -- banning smoking, making it the first nation in the world to do so. Meanwhile, Leonard Lopate of WNYC interviewed Tek Nath Rizal on his show about the political climate in Bhutan. Rizal was a former political prisoner in Bhutan. Listen to the interview here.

Rizal mentioned that most people have a false notion of Bhutan, that the king, whom the Slate writer calls a "benevolent king," is actually a tyrant. Since I knew absolutely nothing about Bhutan prior to this week, I'd suggest other people check out the article and interview for more information.

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