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Protesters defiant amid Hong Kong stand-off

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"Tensions escalated on Sunday when the broader Occupy Central protest movement threw its weight behind student-led protests, bringing forward a mass civil disobedience campaign due to start on Wednesday.  China's leaders must be sitting uncomfortably in Beijing.

As long as the protests continue, there is a chance they will spread to the mainland, where many are unhappy with one-party rule.  But if the protesters hold their ground, how far will Beijing allow events to spiral before getting directly involved?"


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 6, 2014 5:42 AM

Protesters defiant amid Hong Kong stand-off

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:36 PM

Seeing all of these protesters laying across the highway caught my interest.  These people are serious about what they want with their elections and it is not have their candidates picked out for them.  People are taking over roads, shopping malls, schools, whereever they can go to prove their point.  They know that the amount of police forces is not enough to stop them.  Although for the most part other countries are staying out of the business of China Britain is supporting the protests as long as they stay within the rules of protesting.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:42 PM

It will definitely be interesting to see how far this political protest goes and how far the Chinese Government will go to stop this. China in some ways is a victim of its own success, in the past China would have been able to simply throw its military might on the political dissidents and silence all opposition but how possible is that today? Now China is a global economic power and the Western World's view on China matters, not wanting to risk trade problems China is showing far more caution this time around. While China is reaping the rewards of its world position without doubt China is also missing some of the benefits of the Bamboo Curtain.

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2012 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)

Interactive Map of the 2012 Ibrahim Index


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Moving Argentina’s Capital From Buenos Aires Could Make Things Worse

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"Argentina should be careful in considering the implications of the idea of moving the capital [from Buenos Aires] to Santiago del Estero. While a dramatic move might be appealing as a fresh start, it could end up aggravating the challenges of governing the country. Capitals, like flags, are symbols, but their choice has very real consequences."


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David Lizotte's curator insight, February 9, 7:01 PM

Moving a capital is a pretty intense move. Personally, I find no matter the reason the moving of a capital seems like the government is running from problems it faces/can't fix. One would think, the government having such a central location surrounded by a mass population of people, of which it governs, would be conventional and even helpful. Its close to the crime that it needs to control as well as the economic centers it benefits from. 

I think there are more internal, specific reasons as to why the government is moving. Perhaps corruption? Yet, the article stated corruption is more common amongst rural environments/capitals. Yes, it would be a fresh start. But in time, perhaps a hundred or two hundred years from now, would the government want to pick up and leave? Establish another capital?

Such a capital, isolated from the rest of the functioning country would not benefit Venezuela. A government being involved and not far from issues the largest city/region faces is what a developing country needs. This is certainly an interesting situation. 

Bob Beaven's curator insight, February 12, 2:26 PM

It is an interesting piece of information that the country of Argentina would want to move its capital away from Buenos Aires to the small city of Santiago del Estero.  I thought it is an interesting political point brought up that by being far away from the city street mobs, the government would not have to be as accountable for its decisions.  However, the current capital city would certainly not be happy losing its title to a backwater town, and as the article suggest the leaders of the country should think long and hard before they decide on moving the capital.  People can have a strong feeling of pride living in the capital and if that is taken from them, they could lose confidence in the country.  Like the article states, "capitals, like flags, are symbols, but their choice has very real consequences."

Lena Minassian's curator insight, February 13, 11:18 AM

This article discusses how there is a chance that the capital city in Argentina can change from Buenos Aires to a smaller city called Santiago Del Estero which is in the middle-north of the country. Many say this move can heal the divide between the two cities but the bigger picture it that it'll make it a lot worse. I wasn't aware that moving capital cities is actually a more common thing than we think. Buenos Aires is very over populated which is one of the reasons for wanting to move it. The major problem is an outcry from the people living in those cities and rebelling against this which could cause the government more problems. 

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The Buoyant Billions: How “Middle Class” Are the New Middle Classes in Developing Countries? (And Why Does It Matter?) - Working Paper 309 : Center for Global Development : Publications

The Buoyant Billions: How “Middle Class” Are the New Middle Classes in Developing Countries? (And Why Does It Matter?) - Working Paper 309 : Center for Global Development : Publications | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Report by Andy Sumner on the emerging 'New Middle Class' in Middle-Income / Developing Countries


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