Populist Pomp

*Imagine, China throws a glitzy street party in Beijing’s rebuilt Qianmen shopping district to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of its communist state. Anyone remember Mao jackets?


*The first ever summit of South American and African leaders convened recently in Venezuela. Trade, climate change and populist rhetoric was the agenda. Interestingly, they gathered on tourist magnet Margarita Island, far from the maddening crowds – aka “the people.”

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