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Afghan Watchdog Finds That If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come

A 37-acre industrial park in Kandahar built with $7.8 million in USAID funds has sat mostly empty since construction finished more than four years ago, says a new report.

Passport

Clear as Mud

NGOs criticize companies’ transparency on “conflict minerals” as firms prepare to file their second annual report on the use of gold, tin, tungsten, or tantalum from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Report

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Iranian Rainbow

Companies far and wide are drooling over the prospect of an opening to Iran. But doubts over the nuclear deal and the future of sanctions still dampen Tehran’s hopes for an early rehabilitation.

Dispatch

Why South Koreans Aren't Actually About to Overthrow the Rich

Those who think South Korea is ready to turn on its powerful conglomerates are missing the point: This is a country both exasperated by its wealthy, and obsessed with them.

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Defense Chief Carter Touts Benefits of Pacific Trade Deal

Could support from unconventional corners give the languishing trade deal a shot in the arm?

Report

Are Emerging-Market Investors Heading for the Exits?

What the end of Yellen’s patience on interest rates means for smaller economies.

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