November 27, 2012

Ten Big, Overlooked Stories from 2012

Joshua Keating, Foreign Policy

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Ten events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2013.

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TAGGED: United Arab Emirates, Iran, Persian Gulf, Africa, oil, Cyprus, Moscow, Hong Kong, Guinea worm, inuits, Brazil, Pakistan, India


November 19, 2012
Bright, Shiny Tinderboxes of the Persian Gulf
Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg
Visiting the Gulf monarchies over the years, I have heard numerous tales of merciless exploitation, denunciations of the overpaid and idle native citizens and grievances about the near- total absence of anything resembling the... more ››
November 27, 2012
How Russia Is Keeping Syria in the Money
This past summer, as the Syrian economy began to unravel and the military pressed hard against an armed rebellion, a Syrian government plane ferried what flight records describe as more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from... more ››
November 25, 2012
Brazil's Rio Cleanup a Mixed Blessing
Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
A so-called pacification initiative drives out drug gangs and helps bring in development, but other types of crime have risen. more ››
November 16, 2012
Latin America's Adaptive Gangsters
Juan Vergara, Project Syndicate
Criminal networks distort the most important sources of change: globalization, technology, open markets, regional cooperation, and democracy. In a context of weak institutions, persistent inequalities, and high levels of... more ››
November 20, 2012
The World Needs a Bad Medicine Treaty
Attaran & Bate, RealClearScience
The world’s medicine supply is under attack. From Pakistan, where 120 patients died of a fake heart medicine, to the United States, where 32 patients are dead and hundreds are hospitalized due to contaminated steroids,... more ››