November 2003 Country Archive
PUBLISHERS OVERVIEW NOVEMBER 03
RUSSIA: The Kremlin shoots itself in the foot as short-term politics shoulders the economy aside. Highly selective judicial investigation of Kremlin opponents, serves Putin, not justice.
AFGHANISTAN: Barzai likely to talk to elements of the TALEBAN about power. IMF estimates Opium now hits 40 per cent to 60 per cent of GDP. Was THIS supposed to happen?
IRAQ: 2/3rds of Northern oilfield production is being pumped back down again, with nowhere else to go.
NORTH KOREA's threats are becoming yawn inducing and China appears to be losing patience.
VIETNAM's communist rulers echoing China's Deng Xiao Ping, (but 25 years later), call on their people, "to make fortunes for themselves." US Companies pledge to invest US$1 billion there, which may help.
IRAN: Shirin Ebadi's Nobel Peace Prize : Radicals happy, conservative priests angry, but moderates only embarrassed.