June 2012

Who Avoided Colonization?

The days of colonialism are long gone in Southeast Asia. But the influence of faraway cultures can still be seen in former colonies. Malaysians are crazy about soccer, as Indonesians are about badminton. Most Filipinos still have Spanish names. Croissants, baguettes and coffee are still popular in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Yet, there is one country in Southeast Asia that was never a colony. Can you name it?

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Be Afraid of Energy Needs, Very Afraid

The United States is widely known to be the world’s biggest consumer of energy. But given strong economic growth in major emerging markets, the demand for energy is rising rapidly all around the globe. We wonder: Which of the following countries or regions is currently most dependent on fuel imports?

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The Missing Women Drama

Altogether, there are almost four million fewer girls and women below the age of 60 every single year because of a combination of pre-natal discrimination, poor public services and HIV/AIDS. We wonder: Which of the following statements is true?

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Continuity at the Top

For any large institution — whether a private-sector company, a government or even a world religion — stability and continuity are important prerequisites for success. And a key ingredient for such stability is a low rate of turnover at the very top. We wonder: Since 1892, which of the following institutions has seen the fewest changes in leadership?

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