Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has strong views on economics. Speaking to a big crowd of tycoons, investors and journalists in New Delhi, Mr. Modi once admitted that he is “not a big economist.” Yet he promptly set out an economic vision for India to be a global manufacturing power. Investors should rush to “make in India,” he said. He claimed that his strong leadership would usher in economic revival and 100 million new manufacturing jobs by 2022.
During the prime ministerial campaign in the 2014 national elections, Mr. Modi mocked the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, for supposedly presiding over economic failure.… Seguir leyendo »
Five years ago this week, the first of several victories of the Arab spring was won in Tunisia. Popular and largely nonviolent demonstrations had begun just four weeks earlier in the country’s southern interior, with its long history of resistance to central government.
Following the self-immolation of the vegetable seller Mohammed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010, the demonstrations had spread rapidly, culminating in a large rally outside the interior ministry in Tunis on 14 January. On that day, facing huge opposition and a planned general strike, the president of Tunisia, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, fled. He has been holed up in Saudi Arabia ever since.… Seguir leyendo »
So Simon Mann, international man of mystery, the very model of a modern day mercenary, is free. Sentenced last year, after a show trial, to 34 years in jail (plus a few million dollars in fines) to be served in the notorious Black Beach prison in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, he should be back in London within a day or two.
His crime – to which he confessed in great detail, though under harsh conditions (he reasonably feared that he might be tortured) – was to plot the overthrow of the government of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2004. Having recruited dozens of hired guns, veterans from wars in Angola, Iraq and elsewhere, he arranged for his teams to fly at night to Equatorial Guinea, in early March 2004, to carry out a daring putsch worthy of an airport thriller.… Seguir leyendo »