Delivering humanitarian aid is dangerous work. Workers are often among the first to enter areas that have been ravaged by conflict or disaster. We wonder: Which country has been the site of the most attacks on aid workers between 2008 and 2012?
One ominous way in which China leads the world is in the number of executions it carries out year after year. While government secrecy veils the exact number, China is estimated to have executed thousands of prisoners last year. We wonder: After China, which country carried out the most executions in 2012?
Most people might guess that China and India — the world’s two most-populous countries — also have two of the world’s largest militaries. Similarly, Cold War adversaries the United States and Russia also rank among the largest armed forces. We wonder: Which two countries round out the top six?
Quite a few nations around the world directly subsidize the cost of energy. While this keeps energy prices low for consumers, it can also have very negative effects. We wonder: In what ways do energy subsidies impact the economy and the environment?