August 2003 Country Archive
PUBLISHERS OVERVIEW AUGUST 03
Following the IRAQ war, the US media are to some degree rowing-back from the blatant managed news of the run up and the actual fighting. newnations gives an objective updated monthly report and analysis of IRAQ which has never been "tainted" by the need for propaganda.
The world's media do not dwell on nations from where the spotlight has moved. That was always predicted for AFGHANISTAN and so it has proved. The August report from newnations brings fresh updates to the continuing story.
Readers of this bulletin as our subscribers are entitled to download free the AFGHANISTAN REPORT, 36pp long (originally priced at $229.00). It addresses the problems of reconstruction particularly of the Afghan army and gives a necessary description of the political factions, the main players and a map of territories controlled by warlords and others, to make sense of the Afghan story as it further unfolds.
NORTH KOREA has always been a tough nation to report but our authoritative analysis and update is as good as you'll get!
In RUSSIA, this month we report how Putin has enlarged his grip of the erstwhile free media and has achieved his version of managed news. From distant KYRGYZSTAN we tell of a phenomenon. The president is voluntarily stepping down. The chances of that happening are remote in any of the other four "stans" of former Soviet Central Asia. The then communist general secretaries are now effectively 'Presidents for Life' and live like the old time Khans who ruled there earlier.
The CZECH REPUBLIC is on the brink of political crisis with the Prime Minister having to contend with a new President who is his political enemy, whilst seeking to hold on to power with his coalition having only a tiny majority.
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA recalls the Srebrenica massacre, the lowest point reached by the United Nations. The main culprits, the soldier Mladic and the politician Karadic are still not under arrest!