March 6, 2010

A Waltz for Governments and Businesses

Does the symbiotic government-business relationship determine a country’s future? Under the goal of economic development, globalization has created a transnational “government-business relationship.” While leaders strive to promote the welfare of the public, they also acquire power. While multinational corporations create jobs, they also accumulate capital. Globalization gives rise to a new “government-business relationship.” Is it a terrifying collusion or a win-win symbiotic relationship?



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Shadow of the Holy Book
Turkmenistan is situated in Central Asia, with the Caspian Sea to the west. It declared independence in 1991, and is rich in oil, gas, and mineral resources. However, it has an unemployment rate of 60%. President Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan’s autocratic leader, has written a propaganda-filled book, the Ruhnama (the Book of Soul), saying that students who read it three times will go to heaven. Multinational corporations rush forward to translate such a book. What exactly do they want?

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