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Presidential elections: What’s ahead for Argentina?

10.03.2007
Argentine presidential elections are coming up on October 28. So far, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, wife of the outgoing President Néstor Kirchner, is a decisive front runner. She is widely expected to win, riding on her husband’s wave of popularity generated by Argentina’s recovery from the...

Venezuelan Boligarchy

08.20.2007
An article about Venezuela in the most recent Economist made me think of doublespeak ominously echoing back to the rhetoric common in the pre-1989 Soviet bloc. Contrary to the Orwellian newspeak, “the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year,” Venezuelan doublespeak se...

The People’s 4th Estate

06.29.2007
Recent protests by thousands of Chinese in the city of Xiamen show that armed with today’s technology even government censors can not fully stop the flow of news and information. The protesters took to the streets after several scientists raised concern about a new chemical plant but were dismisse...

King, Democracy, and Economic Growth in Thailand

01.23.2007
The verdict of today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on the recent developments in Thailand – is that much will depend on the kings’ ability to support democracy if the country is to enjoy economic growth in the coming years. Early moves by the country’s new leadership thus far...

Re-Privatization in Ukraine

11.10.2006
The Moscow Times reports (subscription only) on the announcement of the Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych that the government is planning to buy back some companies privatization of which is questionable. There were mistakes or fraud by the state towards such companies, and we need to corre...

Bad Economic Decisions Lead to More Piracy

07.07.2006
I think I mentioned several times on this blog that fake alcohol kills 42,000 people in Russia. Recent economic measures of the Russian government, intended to reduce that number…are actually going to increase it! The reason? Good intentions, bad implementation. Imported alcohol has disappeared fr...

From Agrarian Reform to Command Economy

06.06.2006
As Alan Garcia is getting ready to celebrate his victory in the runoff presidential elections in Peru, Jefferson Morley at the Washington Post ponders whether the influence of the Left, particularly Hugo Chavez, is dwindling in Latin America. With Peru seemingly rejecting any serious reversals from ...

New Strategy Towards Russia

05.31.2006
Who is to decide where Russia’s democracy and economy are heading? Certainly not the foreigners, according to Russian public officials and political experts, reports the Moscow Times: Russians now expect the West not to meddle in their internal politics and in their relations with former Soviet re...
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