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22 August 2008 13:39

  • Thailand's King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, has achieved a somewhat remarkable feat. He has been ranked the world's richest royal and despite the development challenges faced by many of his subjects is — as any visitor to Thailand is forced to admit — widely beloved.
  • Stephanie Hanson provides a neat summary suggesting the brain drain in Africa may have some positives.
  • Hard labour the obvious punishment for two Chinese grannies that applied to the Beijing authorities for a permit to protest.
  • Russia's is weaker than we may think. 'America’s GDP is ten times bigger than Russia’s and it spends at least seven times more on defence. Russia’s economy would fall off a cliff if energy prices slumped and its population...is shrinking by up to 800,000 a year'.

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