Tuesday, January 23, 2007

When the Bells Ring in Glorious Kazakhstan

... The high visibility of Kazakhstan’s many casinos — typically decorated like pinball machines, with blinking neon lights, even when situated in quiet residential neighborhoods — has produced a backlash in this country of only 17 million people.

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[From tableside in a Kapchagai restaurant] “People in general are feeling negative about the Chinese, but they don’t need to worry: the Chinese will come in large groups and stick together in one casino, like a herd.” (Sayassat Dyussembayev, a Kazakh businessman, told a New York Times reporter.)

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