Category: Dictatorship

The specter of hyperinflation

20 February, 2013 (09:30) | Capital markets, Currency, Democracy, Dictatorship, Economics, Egypt, Housing, Hyperinflation, Inflation |

By:David A. Smith   Having worked in Egypt multiple times over the last eight years, I have good professional colleagues and friends in Cairo, so I’ve followed attentively the nation’s turmoil after newly elected President Mohammed Morsi started his campaign of grabbing power.  Whatever the politics of it (and I’ve been in the Middle East […]

Vertical slums

21 January, 2011 (11:13) | Dictatorship, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Venezuela |

By: David A. Smith   Such is the resilience and innovation of humanity that, even as Hugo Chavez methodically destroys Venezuela (In pursuit of what, exactly? Does anyone know?), people make lives out of the ruins.  As objectively reported by the BBC:   The views from the 20th floor of the Confinanza Tower are among […]

Doing something, even if small

25 November, 2005 (11:56) | Dictatorship, Urban issues, World news, Zimbabwe |

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. —Edmund Burke (1790)     A mother and her child walk through what once was her bedroom and is now burning after her house was set on fire by Zimbabwe police at Porta farm in Harare on June 30. (Photo: […]

Shantytown demolition: wrongs and rights

11 October, 2005 (16:14) | Dictatorship, Displacement, Homelessness, Liability, Shelters |

Even as the IMF continues not to expel Robert Mugabe’s slow-genocidal dictatorship, I found myself the other day returning to shantytown demolition because of a Boston Globe story that took place literally under the wheels of our cars:   State Police and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) [Respective owners of the land — Ed.] […]