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South Korea: Corruption & Self-Censorship

Press freedom in South Korea is slipping and public perception of corruption is rising.

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South Korea: Moving Up the Global League Table

South Korea’s $1.4 trillion economy was about 52 times larger than North Korea’s in 2014.

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Push for Automation: South Korea Vs. China

China hopes to shift production from low-wage human labor to robots, as South Korea has done.

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America’s Sea of Prescription Opioids

The U.S. consumes a much greater share of prescription painkillers than its global population share would suggest.

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Out of Proportion: US Carbon Emissions

How does the U.S. CO2 output compare to its population share?

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The US Prison State

A prison-industrial complex by the numbers.

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US Gun Ownership Vs. The World

The share of global guns in the United States is at least ten times the country’s population share.

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US Obesity in Global Perspective

What is the U.S. share of the global problem compared to overall population share?

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Iran Protests: The “Military Economy” Dimension

A big share of Iran’s economy is owned by the business wings of the armed forces.

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Iran Protests: Frustrating Budget Changes

Cuts and hikes in all the wrong places?

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