Under-the-table payoffs have been a way of life for politicians in the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Will the newly installed government of Persad Bissessar be able to combat corruption and break up the criminal syndicates that threaten to destabilize this regional Caribbean power? Read this account of the politics of Port of Spain by Dorn Townsend.
North Korea is probably the hardest place in the world today for outsiders to understand because astonishingly little hard data about it is available. This reading list provides some of the best background information for those trying to learn more about this enigmatic and politicized country.
Sixteen economists, including FA contributors Alan Blinder, Joseph Stiglitz, David Reynolds, Robert Reich and FA editor Jim Hoge, signed a statement on The Daily Beast that appealed for government action. “Fourteen million unemployed represents a gigantic waste of human capital, an irrecoverable loss of wealth and spending power, and an affront to the ideals of America.”