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Some advisers said the problem was not with Suu Kyi but with senior civil servants in the capital Naypyitaw who she mostly retained, despite many being former army officers or having close military ties. "In every sector the bureaucrats are still using the same old tactics ... denying every accusation, stonewalling everything," said Han Tha Myint, one of NLD's leaders, adding that the administration had been trying to foster a more open attitude. Suu Kyi wanted to run the government "like a mother," he said, bringing everyone on board in the spirit of national reconciliation and treating officials "like her children", but that the loyalties of some remained with the country's former military rulers. "This style is very dangerous. The children are already spoiled and need more strict measures," said Han Tha Myint. "I think mainly it's a cultural problem, but there are elements of sabotage.
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Israel's politics are darkening: the governing coalition, in power for barely two years, is in tumult and regional tensions are rising. Looking only at the economy, things seem bright. U.S. chip giant Intel recently bought local start-up Mobileye for $15 billion, growth is robust and the currency is at record highs. But beyond the boom, speculation of early elections is rife, friction with Gaza's Hamas rulers is intensifying and Israeli air strikes on Hezbollah fighters in Syria have provoked anti-aircraft missiles in response from Damascus government forces. To an extent, Israel is always juggling economics and politics. In the past it has sustained growth and foreign investment despite electoral uncertainty and bouts of conflict, whether with Hamas or with Hezbollah on the Shi'ite movement's Lebanese home turf. The difference now is how rapidly the picture has changed and how close it may be getting to shifting out of control, even if neither Israel nor Hamas nor Hezbollah seeks war.
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Yes, steer clear of the docks, rulers but it is a good point and by going for Medvedev, who is pretty unpopular, it is a good tactical move and it is not impossible that Mr Putin would throw his hapless Prime Minister overboard sometime this year. Said he is no use.
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I don't see how the society's cracks can be mended," Chan told Reuters. Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997, with the promise of a high degree of autonomy and other freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, but Communist Party rulers in Beijing never hid their anger at the protests which they deemed illegal. Lawmaker Tanya Chan said at least nine protest leaders including herself received calls from the police notifying them of their charges. Another protest leader, University of Hong Kong law professor, Benny Tai, confirmed to Reuters by text he had been contacted by police. Lam met with incumbent leader Leung Chun-ying earlier on Monday. They shook hands and both expressed confidence in a "smooth and effective" leadership transition. Lam was Leung's deputy as chief secretary for the past five years and is known as a tough, though competent administrator.
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"The Beijing government has the final say on who is going to be appointed by the Beijing government. That is the reason why I cast a blank vote. Because as long as it is a very closed system, a selection, you should not add legitimacy to the system," Law told reporters. No confidence At another pro-democracy rally, Takchi Tam, the vice president of People Power — a progressive democratic party in Hong Kongpledged to soon organize a protest outside China's representative office in Hong Kong to express the party's disagreement with what it argues is the communist rulersmeddling in the election. Tam said that most Hong Kong citizens have no confidence in Lam and her ability to balance the interests of the public and the rulers in Beijing. “I dont think she will keep the balance. I think she will betray Hong Kong people and sell Hong Kong people, sell Hong Kong people’s land, sell Hong Kong people’s benefits to the Chinese communist government,” Tam told VOA.
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elsewhere in India. It is hard not to be romantic about the railways of India. British colonial rulers laid track for control, shifting resources - mostly out - and prising open markets
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It is hard not to be romantic about the railways of India. British colonial rulers laid track for control, shifting resources - mostly out - and prising open markets. Now it is about moving people, millions a day. And thanks to optic fibre, data
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British colonial rulers laid track for control, shifting resources - mostly out - and prising open markets. Now it is about moving people, millions a day
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Rather than striving to recreate the post-World War I map, Washington should recognize the new geopolitics. The best alternative to the Islamic State in northeastern Syria and western Iraq is a new, independent Sunni state. This “Sunni-stan” has economic potential as an oil producer (subject to negotiation with the Kurds, to be sure), and could be a bulwark against both Mr. Assad and Iran-allied Baghdad. The rulers of the Arab Gulf states, who should by now have learned the risk to their own security of funding Islamist extremism, could provide significant financing. And Turkey — still a NATO ally, dont forget — would enjoy greater stability on its southern border, making the existence of a new state at least tolerable. . . . . . Make no mistake, this new Sunni state’s government is unlikely to be a Jeffersonian democracy for many years. But this is a region where alternatives to secular military or semi-authoritarian governments are scarce.
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In 2015, Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at $3 billion. As one of the Rockefeller grandchildren, David belonged to the last generation in which the inherited family billions were concentrated in a few hands. The next generation, known as "the cousins," has more people. Rockefeller was estimated to have met more than 200 rulers in more than 100 countries during his lifetime, and often was treated as if he were a visiting head of state. Under Rockefeller, Chase — now JPMorgan Chase & Co. — was the first U.S. bank to open offices in the Soviet Union and China and, in 1974, the first to open an office in Egypt after the Suez crisis of 1956. In his early travels to South Africa, Rockefeller arranged clandestine meetings with several underground black leaders. "I find it terribly important to get overall impressions beyond those I get from businessmen," he said.
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But with the advent of independence, the power and influence of India's royal rulers was coming to an end. Come partition, the Muslim nawab wanted to make Junagadh part of the newly created Islamic Pakistan... Even though the town is more than 80% Hindu and hundreds of kilometres from the border.
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The word gospel occurs only once in Shakespeare—and that, as a participle, when Macbeth sneers at the hesitating murderers and asks, “Are you so gospel’d” that you would hesitate to strike down Banquo and his son? The brilliant literary critic Paul Cantor suggests we pay careful attention whenever Shakespeare’s plays are located in borderlands: the Cyprus of Othello , set between Europe and Africa, for example, or the Elsinore of Hamlet , caught between the rough manners of rural Denmark and the Renaissance sophistication of the German universities. And so, Cantor points out , with Macbeth ’s Scotland. To the northeast lie the Orkney Islands (and, beyond them, Scandinavia), where names like Thorfinn Raven-Feeder are found among praiseworthy rulers. And to the south lies England, where names like Edward the Confessor are given to reverent kings.
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The word gospel occurs only once in Shakespeare—and that, as a participle, when Macbeth sneers at the hesitating murderers and asks, “Are you so gospel’d” that you would hesitate to strike down Banquo and his son? The brilliant literary critic Paul Cantor suggests we pay careful attention whenever Shakespeare’s plays are located in borderlands: the Cyprus of Othello , set between Europe and Africa, for example, or the Elsinore of Hamlet , caught between the rough manners of rural Denmark and the Renaissance sophistication of the German universities. And so, Cantor points out , with Macbeth ’s Scotland. To the northeast lie the Orkney Islands (and, beyond them, Scandinavia), where names like Thorfinn Raven-Feeder are found among praiseworthy rulers. And to the south lies England, where names like Edward the Confessor are given to reverent kings.
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At the time of President Barack Obama, the former US president, the Washington-Riyadh relations were chilled and unfriendly, because the former American leader was not convinced to fully back the kingdom’s regional policies, whereas the Saudi rulers expected the Obama administration to meet all of their demands in Syria or Yemen, two areas of Saudi Arabia's military involvement. But to their frustration, President Obama declined to be responsive to their calls. Now they see Donald Trump's swearing-in a must-seize chance for them. Traditionally holding firm ties with the Republicans, the arms manufacturers, and oil companies, the Saudi leaders want to repair and boost relations with Washington using Trump and the Republican rise to absolute power. Given the President Trump’s policy of leveraging foreign policy for domestic economic improvement, it seems that Saudi Arabia presents a good scope of joint work for the new administration.