By GPF Staff
It’s going to be difficult for civil servants in Leiyang, China, to enjoy their weekend. According to a report from the South China Morning Post, they didn’t get paid on time because the city was running short on cash. City officials admitted the shortfall and asked provincial authorities for assistance. The report is a few days old, but it’s an ominous sign for Beijing. We’ll keep an eye out for similar stories in other cities.
Hardly a day goes by in Uzbekistan without an announcement of a new government purge. This time, the Uzbekistan tax committee fired more than 1,200 officials to combat “corruption.” (It was this very issue that Uzbekistan’s president referred to when he said Uzbekistan was facing “major threats.”) Meanwhile, Uzbek media have recently been trolling neighboring Turkmenistan by reporting on food shortages that the Turkmen government is trying to cover up – doubly significant considering an Uzbek state TV channel can be watche