The Lighter Side of Siberia

Andy Young over at Siberian Light has an interesting post about the Khodorkovsky open letter.

I can?t quite decide what to make of his critique of liberalism. It is obviously an attempt to destroy the last vestiges of liberalism in Russia (although, lets face it, that wouldn?t take much at this stage). But is he going to follow this up and throw himself fully behind Putin, and argue that stability is the only way to go? Or is he trying to lay the groundwork so that he can be the undisputed leader of a phoenix-like liberal resurgence in Russia? He does, after all, lay out pretty bluntly that he sees a political future for himself?

Andy has also started posting on the Central Asian Blog “The Argus” (he gets around a bit does our Andy) which as he points out has some pretty up to date info on places like Uzbekistan. Andy’s focus is on the impact of ‘external agents’ in Central Asia and the Caucasus: not least amongst these Andy’s very own ‘beloved’ EU:

Chris Patten, the EU’s Commissioner for External Relations (kind of like a foreign minster) visited Central Asia last week. And why? Well one reason, of couse, is that the EU would like a slice of lovely Central Asian oil pie…

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Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".