Almost ten percent of our population is locked up. Does this accomplish anything? In other words, does locking up a drug dealer stop drug dealing? The answer is, and has been for decades, a resounding no.
The world is full of clubs. Two countries have about 95% of the estimated nuclear weapons in the small club of nuclear countries. The world's four wealthiest countries have about half the global economy.
With wider popular involvement, particularly from Afghan's local business community that would benefit most from lower corruption, Afghanistan's institutions will reflect the true values of its citizens.
When drugs are illegal there are vast profits to be made in their production, transport and sale. In areas of Mexico with high levels of unemployment and drug addiction there is an unbounded supply of labour for the cartels.
The International Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of Kosovo's right to declare independence has opened the door for Kosovo to enter the family of sovereign states. The task falls to Kosovo's powerful Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
The financial reform bill's whistleblower provisions require that any whistleblower providing "original information" leading to a penalty over $1 million shall receive between 10 and 30% of that collection.
When CentralWorks offered the world premiere of Machiavelli's The Prince, I was struck by the playwright's skill at making Machiavelli's treatise on the use of power so relevant to contemporary politics.
India graciously hosted the Burmese Dictator Than Shwe this week, raising the question as to why the world's largest democracy would welcome one of the world's worst dictators, a man associated with crimes against humanity.
The California's Nurse Association is known as one of the most progressive unions in the country.
So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Meg Whitman has now put the CNA on the defensive for alleged nepotism and excessive union salaries.