|Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Getty Images Photo)
Longtime former CIA analyst Jack Caravelli says fraud in the March 4 Russian presidential election was widespread, with Vladimir Putin receiving more votes in some areas than there are registered voters. This calls into question the integrity of the election result and strikes at the very heart of the political problems that Putin will confront as he returns to the presidency, Caravelli says.
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Burma’s Difficult Road to Democracy
A crowd of 100,000 turned out to hear Nobel Prize-winning opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speak at a rally in Burma last weekend in the run-up to the upcoming April 1 parliamentary election. It was a promising sign that the nation’s authoritarian government — in some ways as repressive as North Korea’s — is loosening control over the country and possibly permitting movement toward democracy.
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Will Politics Scuttle Massive Mongolian Cooper Mine?
Mongolia’s parliament came close to jeopardizing development of the one of the world’s largest copper mines last year when it began to demand larger royalties from the Vancouver-based company Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. Political interference with development of the mine, if it continues, could discourage foreign investment in Mongolia, projected to be the world’s fastest-growing economy in 2012.
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