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(epa) January 25, 2007 -- Business and political leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland, turn their discussions to politics today.


Iraq and the Middle East will top the agenda. Iraqi vice presidents Adil Abd al-Mahdi and Tariq al-Hashimi will address the gathering along with Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih.


Also due to speak on the second day of the forum is Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas.


(AFP)

The Post-Soviet Petrostate

The oil-export terminal at Primorsk, Russia (TASS)

WEALTH AND POWER. At an RFE/RL briefing in Washington on January 24, Freedom House Director of Studies Christopher Walker and RFE/RL regional analyst Daniel Kimmage argued that energy-sector wealth is preventing many former Soviet countries -- Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan -- from developing strong democratic institutions.


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