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Old 08-11-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I would say Australia they haven't really been affected by the recent recession.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I would say Australia they haven't really been affected by the recent recession.
No, Australia relies heavily on selling natural resources. If industrial production in China is depressed and demand for commodities drops Australia will go into the the bust stage of the typical resource based economy boom and bust cycle.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Manila
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Somalia. The country is a mess anyway so there wouldn't be any difference in the people's lives whether or not the industrialised world's economies stay strong or collapse....
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Every country is "functioning" as long as there are people there going about their daily lives, regardless whether their government is maintaining effective control. The northern region of Somaliland is prospering, with easily accessible borders and a trickle of very contented tourists and travelers reporting back that life there is normal.
What he meant to say was: most of Somalia is not functioning. It's not really relevant if a small area of the country is functioning as 'normal' when the rest of the country is in utter chaos where law and order do not exist and tourists are being kidnapped by pirates in their droves. It's really a basket case.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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What he meant to say was: most of Somalia is not functioning. It's not really relevant if a small area of the country is functioning as 'normal' when the rest of the country is in utter chaos where law and order do not exist and tourists are being kidnapped by pirates in their droves. It's really a basket case.
In the main part of Somalia, there is law and order, which is maintained by the general principles of ethics that have been a part of their culture for centuries. People mostly self police, the same way they do in the USA, still move about in the streets, shopping, using public transport, there is money in circulation, there is food to buy, people have secure homes to live in. Yes, there are incidents that break out once in a while, but for a great majority of the people, life is going on pretty much the same as most other African countries, where the government and the police are often seen as the enemy. Tourists are not being kidnapped (you might be thinking of Yemen), because it is virtually impossible for a tourist to get into the country. The borders are closed, there are few international flights, and visas are impossible to obtain.

I was in Idi Amin's Uganda, I was in rebel-held territories in revolutionary Mozambique, I was in Myanmar, I was in Cyprus during their war, I was in Ceausescu's Romania, I was in Tripura when access was only by armed convoy which were frequently ambushed, there were no visible signs in the streets that anything was amiss. People just got on with their lives, and if there was a vacuum in governmental organizations, they just made do the way people do.
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