|By JamesBond60 (69-165-137-4.miamfl.adelphia.net - 126.96.36.199) on Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 9:48 am: Edit Post|
I have visited Kazakhstan several times, and am concerned with the future direction of this country, its leaders, and for the younger generation. Democracy is not alive, from what I have seen, except for very local small organizations. All important posts are appointed. Control of the media is complete, including outright ownership in many cases. Oil and mineral wealth make it possible to pass along some meager improvements in living standards, but actual freedom of choice in the elective area does not seem to exist. So my question, preferabally to those of you who have lived in Kazakhstan, is: What will be the future of Kazakhstan, and will it involve empowering the individual citizens to chart their own course?