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Switzerland

Argentina. Israel / Palestine / Lebanon. JFK. Land-locked countries. Ireland. Bangladesh could be a new 'Asian Tiger'. Here's why. People climb to board an overcrowded passenger train as they travel home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a railway station in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Reuters/Adnan Abidi When people talk about the "Asian Tigers," they're typically referring to Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The four countries experienced rapid growth between the 1960s and 1990s. But now there's another country that should come to mind: Bangladesh. The Bangladesh economy has been one of the top performers in Asia over the past decade, averaging annual growth of more than 6%. Much like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan during the industrialization of their economies, most of of the growth that Bangladesh has experienced has come from garment exports, which the CIA World Factbook says accounts for more than 80% of its exports.

Poor infrastructure makes it difficult to transport goods across the country. Capital Economics Investing.com.

OPEC

Sinai squeezed between #Soyuz and #Cygnus. Pecking order. Governance, Subnational gov + paradiplomacy. Wars, Cold War, proxy wars and disputes. Historical/Colonial legacy. Neo-colonialism. Soft power. Arctic. Africa. Australia / New Zealand. Brazil. Canada. China. Europe. France. Germany. Iceland. India. Japan. Mexico. Netherlands / Holland. Oceania.

Russia / Former USSR

SE Asia. Spain. Turkey. Sweden. USA. Uber claims it opens cities up – but really closes them down. Oh, well, this is just great. From the BBC: Plans for a North East regional mayor have been put on hold after local authorities expressed fears over post-Brexit funding from the government. Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead and South Tyneside councils voted against moving forward with the devolution plan, claiming they were not satisfied with reassurances over funding following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils said they remain committed to the plan. What exactly this means – for Newcastle, the North East, or for devolution more broadly – will take some time to unpick. Devolution to the North East is basically cursed. This is actually the second time a deal on this geography has collapsed. So, in 2004, the government held a referendum to ask if the North East should have its own regional assembly. That, for the maths whizzes, is a victory of nearly four to one for the no campaign. So, that’s gone well. Green is yes, red is now.