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August 08, 2014

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Malcs

Meanwhile, in tigers and flies news, it's not all sophisticated schemes involving Chinese paintings and such - here's a tale of good old-fashioned traffic police corruption: http://english.caixin.com/2014-08-11/100715432.html
Gotta love the number 2 badge there. But seriously, 40 years?

Guano

"One advantage here is that a pro-Western orientation changes the framing. Our enemies are kleptocrats. Our friends are embarking on a difficult reform process."

Yes, quite. Descriptions of many post-Communist reform processes are framed in a way that suggest that the problem is the Communist past and that anything that moves away from that is "reform". It misses out the shock-therapy reform period of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which is a considerable part of the problem.

Barry Freed

So it seems that the separatist militia leader who bragged about shooting down MH17 is gravely wounded but reports conflict.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/igor-strelkov-wounded-report

Was he fragged?

jcee

"The Ukranian state changed from being a means of facilitating corruption to become a system of theft in itself..."

Sounds a bit like Wall Street.

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