BY: NEW YORK TIME – USA / EMPIRE SHUT DOWN
Squeezing the oligarchs, though, is seldom the strategy of choice among emerging-market governments. Quite the contrary: at the outset of the crisis, the oligarchs are usually among the first to get extra help from the government, such as preferential access to foreign currency, or maybe a nice tax break, or — here’s a classic Kremlin bailout technique — the assumption of private debt obligations by the government. Under duress, generosity toward old friends takes many innovative forms. Meanwhile, needing to squeeze someone, most emerging-market governments look first to ordinary working folk — at least until the riots grow too large..///
*For any Kubrick fans check out the pic at this article and see if you think like I do it s uncannily like a still from the Shining.
As one Professor outlined in his ‘power elite’ lectures, based on C. Wright Mill’s ‘The Power Elite’, we don’t have a comparative military force in Ireland so our power elite was composed of the “business-politics-church complex” with the third point of the golden triangle (church) replaced with a contemporary assortment including: ‘academia/media/sport”.
“The term failed state is often used by political commentators and journalists to describe a state perceived as having failed at some of the basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government. Often a failed nation is characterized by social, political, and economic failure. Common characteristics of a failing state include a central government so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; and sharp economic decline.”
BY: The Telegraph – Roald Dahl
Looking after Theo, whose walking skills improved fast and whose mind seemed surprisingly undamaged by his trauma, brought Pat and Roald closer together, and she told a journalist that she no longer constantly challenged him or wished to “have nice fights and make it up in bed”. Theo had become a “centring force”, assisting the family to settle down more permanently in England.