Archive for Sunday, February 1, 2009

Protesters rally in anger at economy

February 1, 2009


— Thousands of protesters rallied against the government in cities across Russia on Saturday, reflecting mounting anger over the nation’s economic woes.

The protests posed a challenge to the Kremlin, which faced little threat from the fragmented opposition during the years of oil-driven boom.

The largest march took place in the far eastern port of Vladivostok, where about 3,000 people denounced the Cabinet’s decision to increase tariffs on imported cars. Some shouted slogans urging Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign.

In Moscow, about 1,000 Communist demonstrators rallied on a central square. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov said the government must abandon Western economic models and adopt broad nationalization. Protesters held signs reading: “Putin’s plan — Peril to Russia!”


jumpin_catfish 9 years, 4 months ago

Logrithmic's opinion is only one that counts, all you stupid rightwingers. I'm sure his savior Obama will outlaw any desenting opinion soon. Most civilization is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. you water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame. The Stolen Journals: God Emperor of Dune

Godot 9 years, 4 months ago

The Great One desires to control the use of his image."Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama’s popularity makes him a marketer’s dream. Now, the honeymoon may be over for those trying to profit from his appeal. White House lawyers want to control the use of the president’s image, recognizing the worldwide fascination about Obama’s election, First Amendment free-speech rights and easy access to videos and photos on the Web. “Our lawyers are working on developing a policy that will protect the presidential image while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said."

Godot 9 years, 4 months ago

back to the topic at hand, what is happening in Russia pales in comparison to what is going on in China:Michael Sheridan in Hong Kong Bankruptcies, unemployment and social unrest are spreading more widely in China than officially reported, according to independent research that paints an ominous picture for the world economy. The research was conducted for The Sunday Times over the last two months in three provinces vital to Chinese trade – Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangsu. It found that the global economic crisis has scythed through exports and set off dozens of protests that are never mentioned by the state media. While troubling for the Chinese government, this should strengthen the argument of Premier Wen Jiabao, who will say on a visit to London this week that his country faces enormous problems and cannot let its currency rise in response to American demands. The new US Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, has alarmed Beijing and raised fears of a trade war by stating that China manipulates the yuan to promote exports. However, a growing number of economists say the unrest proves that it is not the exchange rate but years of sweatshop wages and income inequality in China that have distorted global competition and stifled domestic demand. The influential Far Eastern Economic Review headlined its latest issue “The coming crack-up of the China Model”.

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