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Las Vegas, How Global Finances Are Burning Sin City

Ever since the financial crisis, casinos have been losing money. To survive, Las Vegas must lose its reputation as a place good only for gambling, boozing and prostitution.

Tunnels beneath Las Vegas house the city's homeless
Tunnels beneath Las Vegas house the city's homeless
Jürgen Schmieder

LAS VEGAS — Frank Sinatra is strolling through the streets of Las Vegas.

Those who see him immediately understand why they call him Ol" Blue Eyes and the Sultan of Swoon. He orders a drink at the bar, lights the cigarette of some lonely heart in a white evening gown, tosses a silver coin into a slot machine and then spots another woman, who faints the moment she looks into his blue eyes. Sinatra's left hand is in his pocket, and his right hand rests on the back of the lovely Patrice Wymore. He whispers something in her ear, kisses her cheek and slides his room keys into her décolleté. She smiles shyly.

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Fall Of The Empire? Ethnic Separatism On The Rise In Russia

Far from being a unified state, Russia is full of federal subjects — many of which have spawned separatist movements. Moscow, far from Siberia or the Caucasus and focused on Ukraine, is finding it harder to contain them.

Kalmyks attend the unveiling ceremony of a Buddha statue in Kalmykia, Russia

Pavel Lysyansky

They began to show up more and more in 2019: people were displaying symbols of separatism at protests in different regions of Russia. One example that marked this movement were the flags of the Ural People's Republic at protests during the spring of 2019 against the construction of a temple in Yekaterinburg, the industrial city in the Ural mountains 1,100 miles east of Moscow.

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