"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.
Microsoft's unwitting collaboration with Putin illustrates a broader phenomenon in the third world whose political leadership is more inclined to take its inspiration from Robert Mugabe than from John Locke.
A renewed transparency drive may be fueled by the latest emotional issue of the day -- executive pay and bonuses. Let's list everyone who got these bonuses and let the court of public opinion be the judge.