New Year’s Day Reading – Selections from The Economist

I read The Economist from cover-to-cover, so you don’t have to. Here are my recommendations from the past two issues (chosen based on my own personal interests, of course):


International man of mystery – Flying anything to anybody
Dec 18th 2008, From The Economist print edition

The rise and fall of Viktor Bout, arms-dealer extraordinaire, shows a darker side of globalisation. Article.


Venezuela – Socialism with cheap oil
Dec 30th 2008 | CARACAS, From The Economist print edition

Hugo Chávez embarks on a race against the impending impact of world recession. Article.


The Cuban revolution at 50Heroic myth and prosaic failure
Dec 30th 2008, From The Economist print edition

All the Castro brothers have to celebrate this week is survival. But that in itself is a remarkable achievement. Article.


Cuba’s economy – Ill winds
Dec 30th 2008 | HAVANA, From The Economist print edition

Hurricanes have added to the woes of the downturn. Article.

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