• New frontiers in privatization

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    The dramatic: when it becomes necessary to call on private sector financing to arrange Colombian FARC’s hostages release:

    Former senator and hostage mediator Piedad Cordoba called on Colombian businesses Sunday to finance the logistics of the promised release of six FARC hostages after the government rejected foreign help in the operation.
    Cordoba, speaking on behalf of her peace organization “Colombians for Peace,” told reporters that “we appeal to entrepeneurs and people who can afford the costs to be made to release those regarded heroes of the nation,” the former lawmaker said before a meeting with her group.

    The tragicomic: a proposal to privatize Margaret Thatcher’s funeral already received close to 30,000 signatures.

    Thatcher state funeral to be privatised
    Responsible department: Cabinet Office
    In keeping with the great lady’s legacy, Margaret Thatcher’s state funeral should be funded and managed by the private sector to offer the best value and choice for end users and other stakeholders. The undersigned believe that the legacy of the former PM deserves nothing less and that offering this unique opportunity is an ideal way to cut government expense and further prove the merits of liberalised economics Baroness Thatcher spearheaded.

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