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End of the Establishment

Where have all the serious Republicans gone?

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Havana Calling

It's time to lift the communications embargo on Cuba.

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12 Degrees of Failure

How does a weak state become a failed state?

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Reality Check: How Bad Are They?

Worlds apart in language, culture, and daily routine, the top failed states still share a quality of life that is at best difficult and at worst fatal for the majority of the population.

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Who’s Got the Right Stuff?

How the world's space programs match up.

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The Pirate Den

Inside the modern business of wreaking havoc on the high seas.

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Money Can Buy Love

China isn't just investing in minerals, oil, and other raw goods -- it's buying diplomatic favors and loyalty, too. Chinese investment by region, 2005-2009, in billions of dollars:

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Actually, It’s Mountains

Sometimes the toughest obstacles are the naturally occurring ones.

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Who Else Is to Blame?

From security short falls to lack of government accountibility, Mo Ibrahim, Paul Wolfowitz, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Bruce Babbitt, and Raymond C. Offenheiser explain those contributing factors that cripple societies and inevitably keep failed states failing.

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La Vie en %$!

Why is France still propping up Africa's dictators?

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Beijing’s Coalition of the Willing

For the West, failed states are a problem. For China, they're an opportunity.

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Mr. Lonely

The twilight of Chad's paranoid tyrant.

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A Literal Disaster

Things are just what they seem in the Central African Republic.

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The Worst of the Worst

Bad dude dictators and general coconut heads.

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Why Bad Guys Matter

They put the failed in failed states.

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