Dirty Money: Will Singapore Clean Up Its Act?

Dirty Money: Will Singapore Clean Up Its Act?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

Singapore has become an increasingly popular haven for money laundering and tax evasion. But now it faces calls for reform and a difficult dilemma: Can it be both a home for fortune hunters and a bastion of integrity? By Martin Hesse more... Comment ]

Shutdown Specter: US Fumbling Puts China at Risk

Shutdown Specter: US Fumbling Puts China at Risk

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

The whole world looked on as the United States embarrassed itself for three weeks with its government shutdown. China, the only other superpower, profited from the domestic dispute -- but as Washington's largest creditor, it also has cause for concern. By Marc Hujer and Daniel Sander more... Comment ]


Path of a Tyrant: Uncovering Genghis Khan's Lost Legacy

Path of a Tyrant: Uncovering Genghis Khan's Lost Legacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2013

As competing researchers race to locate Genghis Khan's tomb, discoveries by German and Mongolian archaeologists are shedding light on his son Ögödei's equally impressive accomplishments. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Economist Jayati Ghosh: India's Woes Foretell 'Chaos and Violence'

Economist Jayati Ghosh: India's Woes Foretell 'Chaos and Violence'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2013

Indian economist Jayati Ghosh believes her country's current financial problems are of its own making. She also warns of widespread chaos and an increase in violence if India's economic imbalances are not tackled head on. more... Comment ]


Capital Flight: Currencies Plunge Rapidly in Asian Economies

Capital Flight: Currencies Plunge Rapidly in Asian Economies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2013

As the credit glut in the US nears an end, the currencies of developing countries like India, Thailand and Indonesia are plummeting. Now there are fears that a redux of the 1997 market crash is on the horizon. By Wieland Wagner more... Comment ]

Mining the Gobi: The Battle for Mongolia's Resources

Mining the Gobi: The Battle for Mongolia's Resources

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2013

The construction of a huge mine in the middle of the Gobi Desert was supposed to catapult Mongolia toward rapid economic growth. But an ongoing conflict over profits from the gold and copper mined there threatens to capsize the young democracy. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Tentative Steps: Navigating Burma's Fragile Transition

Tentative Steps: Navigating Burma's Fragile Transition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2013

Burma is slowly transitioning from military dictatorship, but the old elite still pulls the strings. As the country moves towards more societal freedoms, they increasingly find themselves confronted with victims of the old regime. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Laos Land Grabs: Deutsche Bank Backs Ruthless 'Rubber Lords'

Laos Land Grabs: Deutsche Bank Backs Ruthless 'Rubber Lords'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2013

Vietnamese companies have been ruthlessly taking advantage of Laotian locals and their environment to create vast rubber plantations. The "rubber lords" are also getting support for the land grabs from Germany's Deutsche Bank, which is violating its ethics and sustainability policies, critics say. By Martin Hesse, Jörg Schmitt and Wieland Wagner more... Comment ]


War Angst and Karaoke: Daily Life as Bizarre As it Gets in South Korea

War Angst and Karaoke: Daily Life as Bizarre As it Gets in South Korea

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2013

North Korea threatens to start a nuclear war, while South Korea dances Gangnam style. Those are the clichés. War has never been this close, but Koreans in Seoul confront their fears by going about a bizarre version of everyday life, complete with truffle pasta and super-smart phones. By Ullrich Fichtner in Seoul more... Comment ]

Crisis in Korea: Obama Must Change US Approach to Stop Kim

Crisis in Korea: Obama Must Change US Approach to Stop Kim

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2013

North Korea's most recent irrational behavior has made clear the government's indifference to sanctions. Some believe China is the only country that can talk Pyongyang into toning down its rhetoric. In reality the United States can do much more to calm the situation. A Commentary by Andreas Lorenz more... Comment ]