Non-UK political happenings thread

Peru update

Pedro Castillo took office yesterday calling for a new constitution and a crackdown on monopolies in financial services and utilities.

He said Peru needs to recover sovereignty over its natural resources, renegotiate its free trade deals and said he’ll turn the official presidential residence - which is named after the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro - into a museum

He pledged to respect the nation’s economic model and private property, and said the economy needs order and predictability to prosper.

Castillo had been scheduled to swear in his ministers following the presidential inauguration. But he still hadn’t named any of them yesterday and he postponed the ceremony to tomorrow.

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few days after their Olympic officials tried to forcibly take Timanovskaya back to Belarus and the transcript leaked with them telling her ‘this is how suicides happen’

It’s all so seriously fucked up. The political situation in Belarus/Russia/Ukraine - ex Soviet states - is worthy of its own thread on here.

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Oh.

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https://africanarguments.org/2021/08/an-open-call-by-african-intellectuals-for-urgent-action-on-ethiopia/

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Now this is podracing

Though I suppose he won’t get back in, and even if he does he’s very likely to dump this promise

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I can’t speak to Canadian housing markets but stuff like this almost always meaningless. The shortage of affordable housing is because of - shockingly - a shortage of affordable housing, and bureaucratic and regulatory systems that give disproportionate power to those who already own homes. The answer is to literally to build more housing, not tinkering like this.

(and the focus on “foreign investors” is such a weird and problematic thing - visions of scary foreigners buying up all the housing. It’d be ok if they were Canadian investors, then?)

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Yep. I heard endless reports on Reddit and from Canadian friends about how Chinese investors had taken over Vancouver completely, making it impossible for locals to afford housing there. From the research I’ve seen foreign investors account for only 5% of the housing market there. So yeah, build more homes I guess.

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Not sure where is best for it but this is a great resource

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Canada had an election yesterday which barely changed the makeup of parliament. Mirrors my observation when I was there last month that most people were irritated that an election was even called.

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