Hong Kong

China Plans to lock up 2 million people in Hong Kong. The original Dweller’s Guide to The Planet  had this to say about Hong Kong: “Hong Kong is an administrative region of China. There are Pro-Beijing parties, pro independence parties and ‘localists’ who are somewhere in between. The elections are fair except that Beijing determines …

Russia

Putin catches himself cheating so nullifies the election in order not to lose. The Dweller’s Guide has regularly speculated on what might happen if Mr Putin ever lost popular support in Russia. Would he just have to cheat a bit harder to win elections? Imprison more opponents? Use more force against civilians? Or would he …

USA, Russia, Burma

  Big Little Lies In Middlemarch, George Eliot wrote: “People were so ridiculous with their illusions…thinking their own lies opaque while everybody else’s were transparent.” Perhaps the Dweller’s Guide Should have a ‘most transparent lies of the week’ feature. Anyway, here are the 3 top lies and liars for week beginning 10th Sept. USA, Russia, …

Russia

What happens in Putin’s pretend democracy when things don’t go his way? Well, he imprisons his political opponents, then threatens them with violence, beats up protestors, lies about his secret agents caught dishing out Novichok and sends 300,000 troops on war games just to let us all know he wants to be taken seriously. 1. …

Russia

Putin and Al Capone Could Share the Same Downfall Here’s why. Russia is a sort of pretend democracy, but actually President Vladimir Putin has total control. In the Moscow area alone some 75,000 people are employed directly by the President to manage his state machinery. Putin has manipulated the rules and changed the Constitution to …

Brazil

Brazil’s ‘Trump of The Tropics’, Bolsonaro is stabbed at a campaign rally. It’s just normal Brazilian democracy at work. People are shaking their heads and saying how shocking this is and that it shows just how violent the reaction against Bolsonaro’s far right populism is. The truth is, that it is neither shocking nor anything much …

England

Will England be Safe for Jews under a Labour Government? “If there is one overarching lesson from all of Jewish history it is this: Always be ready for change. There was a Jewish custom that has largely fallen out of practice. For quite a long time Jewish families used to keep a fully packed suitcase by …

Pakistan

USA cancels $300 million of military aid to Pakistan – Smart or dumb? The danger of unintended consequences. Just over a month ago the dweller’s guide posted this: “Imran Khan has campaigned against corruption (don’t they all?) and has benefitted from the support of Pakistan’s ubiquitous military, but it will be interesting to see how …

USA

The ‘special relationship’ between the USA and the UK no longer extends to giving us permission to live there! In 2015 the UN released a ‘top ten’ of the most popular immigration countries in the world. The USA came in at No.1. Of the 232 million people who do not live in the country where …

Russia

Democratic Accountability in Russia? Surely not! Putin, Retirement Age Concessions and Popularity Ratings This is what The Dweller’s Guide To The Planet’s entry on Russia, had to say: “Russia is a big and important anomaly. It’s a sort of pretend democracy, but actually President Vladimir Putin has total control. In the Moscow area alone some …