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links for 2009-08-25

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
  • "While awaiting his death, Bukharin wrote prolifically. He considered Philosophical Arabesques as the most important of his prison writings. In its pages, he covers the full range of issues in Marxist philosophy—the sources of knowledge, the nature of truth, freedom and necessity, the relationship of Hegelian and Marxist dialectic."
  • "Foreign direct investment plummeted an annual 45 percent, the most on record, to $6.1 billion in the first six months of the year as the economy contracted at a record pace, the State Statistics Service said Friday.

    Overall foreign investment, including credits and flows into securities, fell 30.9 percent from a year earlier to $32.2 billion. The service began collecting the data in 1999."

  • "Ten years ago this month an obscure former KGB man became Russia’s prime minister. Vladimir Putin, now premier again after eight years as president, has many positives in his economic record. Nominal gross domestic product has leapt from $200bn to well above $1,000bn, and average wages from $100 a month to $600. But the past year has also cruelly exposed the weaknesses of Putinomics, showing how it relied on rising commodity prices and cheap foreign credit. Output may shrink 10 per cent this year, making Russia one of the former Soviet bloc’s laggards."
  • Socialist activist, blogger, and organizer Hossam el-Hamalawy appeared on Riz Khan's Al Jazeera-English show to talk about U.S.-Egyptian relations.
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