• Winchester has a large liberal-minded public-sector middle-class: Hampshire County Council, the Winchester School of Art, King Alfred's College, and the genteel types round its ancient cathedral and public school.

    ECONOMIST: Historic Winchester

  • Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, with its large minority of Communists and bloody-minded nationalists, will not readily grant approval to anything Mr Kiriyenko and his new team propose.

    ECONOMIST: Can Russia fight back?

  • America may have some sins in its past but Americans today are the most optimistic, energetic, creative and liberal-minded people of any large nation.

    ECONOMIST: Letters | The

  • Imagine what it'd be like if Tony Soprano and like-minded gangsters were running a large country, and you have a good idea of what Russia is going through today.

    FORBES: Fact and Comment

  • Even so, the Saudis not only sit atop the cheapest and largest reserves of oil in the world, but remain the only country willing to maintain large amounts of idle capacity—something profit-minded Russian oilmen such as Yukos's Mr Kukes would never do.

    ECONOMIST: A surprise cut in oil supplies

  • The Greater Houston Partnership, an alliance of hard-nosed businessmen that looms large locally, has worked well with Bill White, Houston's business-minded but green mayor, to support his clean-up of the city's air and water.

    ECONOMIST: Beyond oil

  • With sufficient cash, criminals, who tend not to obey high-minded anti-gun laws, can buy weapons like these on the street in almost any large city.

    ECONOMIST: The OECD

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