Benazir Bhutto

The morning's news of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto really saddened me. Since my wife (and to some parts myself) has been working with projects for rural markets in developing countries this fall, we’ve been traveling in India, China and the Philippines. There are so many who could benefit from reforms in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, but yesterday’s events really risks a radical increase in the distance between Pakistan and the rest of the world.

Let’s all hope that this tragedy can lead to something good in the end. And Benazir Bhutto will be remembered.


Man of the year

I was choking on my afternoon coffee the other day, when I read that Putin was named "Man of the Year" by Time Magazine. Apparently I was not entirely alone. Johan Norberg writes brilliantly:

"Well, we have seen that before. The man of the year in 1938 was another authoritarian who gave his country national pride."