Mar 31, 2008
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Mar 25, 2008
Medvedev granted FT a high-profile interview. Since it was the FT, he kept himself primarly to economic issues.
The take-away message is that Medvedev remains bullish on energy prices and the Kremlin's cash on hand. He also -- oddly -- claims that Russia's stock market is an "island of stability" amid the global tourmoil. If so, this island has been listing under the waves of late, as the index has dropped -14.2% since Jan. 1, 2008.
Ture, most global markets have been taking a beating, but Russia has fared worse than S. Korea (-13.3%), Brazil (-7.7), Canada (-7.6), and the US (-6.8), during the same period. In Medvedev's defence, the Russian stock exchange has outpreformed the UK (-14.9) and Japan (-18.5). But a -14% bloodbath doesn't really invoke the same image as an "island of stability."
Mar 14, 2008
SKOPJE (Reuters) - "A Macedonian court convicted a bear of theft and damage for stealing honey from a beekeeper who fought off the attacks with thumping 'turbo-folk' music." (Non-turbo folk pictured.)
And then it gets really wierd.
Mar 13, 2008
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Mar 4, 2008
Igor writes: Bet you never thought you'd hear those two words in the same sentence :)
Behold, the Ruhnama blog, run by "Steve in Wisconsin".
The mission statement:
"A blog examining the Ruhnama of the late President of Turkmenistan, Saparmyrat Turkmenbashy the Great, and the application of the book's principles in daily living."
For a dose of the clinically insane, go here: http://ruhnama.blogspot.com/
My favorite quote: "I started this blog six months after Saparmyrat Turkmenbashy's death because I felt a need to preserve his memory, his teachings, and his vision for the Golden Age should Turkmenistan's new president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, move in the direction he is moving now - away from the guidelines set forth in Ruhnama, guidelines and advice for the future of Turkmenistan and her people."
Mar 3, 2008
He told GQ Magazine: "There's something very basic about rubbing honey on your skin and going steaming with a bunch of strange Russian men." Farrell admitted he went to rehab to get off ecstasy, cocaine, speed, Jack Daniels and wine.