Each year, the World Bank scores the world’s governments on 10 key factors that contribute to (or inhibit) the smooth and simple conduct of business operations in their countries. Which of these major emerging market economies ranks worst on “Ease of Doing Business”?
2014 was a particularly big year for global refugees. Outright civil war in countries such as Syria and Libya has spurred hundreds of thousands of civilians to make risky journeys to safer countries. We wonder: Which industrialized country received the most asylum seekers in 2014?
A. United States
For developing countries, an important source of income they receive from abroad is official development aid. But a far larger source is the funds that are sent from their citizens working overseas. We wonder: Which country receives the most money from workers abroad in the form of remittances?
The Nepal earthquake that struck on April 24, 2015, killed at least 8,400 people, a number that will likely climb higher as more victims are found. We wonder: What was the deadliest earthquake of the past half-century?
A. Japan in March 2011
B. Haiti in January 2010
C. Indonesia in December 2004
D. China in July 1976
Saudi Arabia is one of the most dominant players in the Middle East. We wonder: Which of the following statements about Saudi Arabia are true?
A. Saudi Arabia is the top oil producer in the world.
B. Saudi Arabia has a budget deficit.
C. Its education system is struggling.
Violent clashes between black Americans — particularly young black men — and police in cities such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, call into question how much progress the United States has really made in fulfilling the promise of equal rights for all Americans. We ask: Which of the following statements about black Americans are true today?
A. Unemployed at twice the rate of white Americans.
B. More likely to leave high school without a diploma.
C. Have significantly less wealth.
D. Far more likely to be victims of serious violent crime.