“Shifting Barriers” Editorial, The Economist, Dec. 19, 2015

“The pillars of social control are flaking at the edges. First came the relaxation in October of draconian family-planning restrictions. Now it is the turn of the household-registration, or hukou system, which determines whether a person may enjoy subsidised public…

POWER STRUGGLE IN TEHRAN

“The backlash comes as Iran is preparing for parliamentary elections in February that constitute a litmus test of Mr. Rouhani’s policies. (...) Hard-liners (...) have started rounding up journalists, activists and cultural figures, as a warning that the post nuclear-deal…

CHINESE MIGRANTS: ‘HUKOUS’ FOR ALL

“The pillars of social control are flaking at the edges. First came the relaxation in October of draconian family-planning restrictions. Now it is the turn of the household-registration, or hukou system, which determines whether a person may enjoy subsidised public…

MEXICO: NARCO CORRUPTION RELAPSE

“The drug war struck a series of high profile blows against Mexican cartels. At the same time, it triggered nationwide violence without coming anywhere close to defeating the country's drug traffickers. Now, it's getting even worse”.