Diamond-rich Botswana avoided the dreaded resource curse and established a prosperous, stable democracy. But political turmoil has begun to roil the traditionally placid society.
The leaders of fossil fuel companies are personally incentivized to keep their firms on a path of climate destruction.
Senators who voted in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline accepted seven times more campaign funding from fossil fuel energy groups.
Phyllis Bennis discusses Afghanistan's presidential election and how it is being shaped by corruption and the U.S.' military presence on The Real News.
Iraq's Kurds may at last have their own state. But is it the one they wanted?
With endless foreign aid, the US has undercut mechanisms of democratic accountability in Afghanistan and should not be surprised at the results.
Putting aside even Iraq's horrifying descent into sectarian violence, the United States did a spectacularly poor job of governing the country.
The U.S. recognition of Somalia as a sovereign and equal partner entails new responsibilities for both parties.
Afghanistan can't prosecute its way out of rampant corruption.
The U.S.-backed Afghan government of Hamid Karzai is stamping out local government, which only inflames the country's insurgency.