Daily Archives: January 27, 2018

India | The NGO-ization of resistance

By Arundhati Roy

“Bel dan pa di zanmi.” (“Just because someone is smiling at you doesn’t mean they’re your friend.”)

—Haitian proverb

Origins: The term was coined in 2004, though the phenomenon it describes began in the 1980s as one element of the neoliberal project.

Russia | Andrei Kostin of VTB doesn’t believe Russians are running away like “cockroaches through the floorboards”

By John Helmer

Andrei Kostin, 61, the head of the state-owned VTB Bank, has enjoyed a long career as a state official and state banker.  His reputation among his international banking peers does not highlight expertise in treasury operations  or investment ingenuity. Rather, Kostin is reputed for being the trusted executor of his shareholders’ instructions, deliberative, loyal, cheerful.

Finland | Civil War still divides Finland after 100 years, poll suggests

An Yle survey suggests that mistrust sown in the Finnish Civil War of 1918 has trickled down through the generations and is still present in subtle ways. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say the bitter conflict still divides Finns 100 years later, at least to some extent.