July 2008

China’s Rise Revisited

China's economic rise seems unstoppable — and concerns among the “old” industrial powers about Chinese industry dominating the manufacturing sector are getting louder every day. Indeed, from very modest beginnings as recently as 1990, China now has attained the second-largest share of global manufacturing output. We wonder: Which major manufacturing nation suffered the biggest decline during China's rise?

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Behind Bars

Around the globe, over nine million people are currently in prisons. That is equal to the size of the population of Sweden or Bolivia. We wonder: Which country has the highest number of prisoners?

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Military Women

Women have served in an ever-expanding number of assignments in the U.S. military — first as nurses and clerks, and today as combat pilots and military police. We wonder: How many women have served in support of U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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