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<snark>This is the neo-con at work in you again Migeru... Remember Stability!=Democracy, or at least not necessarily</snark>
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:27:02 PM EST
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Indeed. I was a bit realpolitik-cynical when I wrote the diary...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:28:46 PM EST
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Stability + Economic interdependence + Economic improvement ~ Democracy

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:32:53 PM EST
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Again: how do China and the ASEAN countries fit into that?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:36:46 PM EST
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We'll see how long China can go on creating an economically powerful middle class without carrying out some liberal political reforms.

ASEAN is mostly progressing rapidly, all things considered, but Myanmar/Burma is an ugly blot, I'll give you that.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 18th, 2006 at 06:41:09 PM EST
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Having been on the transiberian railway and having gone from helsinki to Beijing via Tashkent, I find that train travel via central asia is a good idea, although one can go nuts spending three days on a train without stopping for more than a few minutes at a time.
by messy on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 12:24:49 PM EST
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What the Russian railways need to do is introduce hop-on-hop-off tickets if they don't have them already. Then you can spend 24 hours at each stop (how many trains are there a day?).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 12:28:11 PM EST
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