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Protesters rally in anger at economy

February 1, 2009

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— 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!”

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Godot 5 years, 2 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”. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/economics/article5627687.ece

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Godot 5 years, 2 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."http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20090130/pl_bloomberg/ay4jojiqvy4c_1

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Andrew Stahmer 5 years, 2 months ago

You have to feel for those poor people. They have no obamassiah to lead them to the promised land; a socialist paradise. Maybe one day the whole world can be a part of obamas solution to all problems. But in the meantime, we Americans are the chosen, we are about to experience change we can believe in.

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jumpin_catfish 5 years, 2 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

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madmike 5 years, 2 months ago

Logrithmic, are you ever going to leave academia? Or are you like that 45 year old permanent "activist" student?

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logrithmic 5 years, 2 months ago

Chavez of Venezuela was elected what is it, four times now, with massive plurality in a democratic country. What is it about democracy that so frightens the rightwing fascists? Sad....Of course, the frat boy fuhrer was installed by Supreme Court edict, a court which said that the votes of the State of Florida could not be counted and did so in order to ensure that Gore never took the lead in the recount.Rightwingers... stupid is as stupid does.Have a nice day!

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 2 months ago

Log just gets overwraught with excitement when he reads about Communist demonstating.

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madmike 5 years, 2 months ago

Log, why don't you just move to Venezuela to be with your hero?

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logrithmic 5 years, 2 months ago

Ah, rightwing media spin...."The protest posed a challenge...." Ah yes, 3,000 protestors.Seem to remember 500,000 protesters on the streets of New York during the RNC convention of 2004. Posed no problem for the frat boy fuhrer. Nope, none at all. Wasn't even reported on in this newspaper. And this was before we found out that the NY Times had, prior to the election, deliberately withheld news of the frat boy fuhrer's illegal wiretapping program where he eavesdropped on everyone in the United States.Of course this same rightwing media never covered the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, or the Warner Defense Bill debates but only reported on their outcome - for one day. These complex bills authorized much of the frat boy fuhrer's "War on Terror," a war more directed at the American people than at anyone overseas.God bless!

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