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How Does China Enforce Its One-Baby Policy?

© Roy Hsu/Blend Images/Corbis Most people have heard that in China, you’re only allowed to have one kid. But does that apply to everyone? And how is that enforced? How did this whole thing start? When Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, he envisioned China as a superpower. A great nation would [...]

Debt Free Zone: How Liechtenstein Manages to Live Within Its Means

As you may have heard, the United States’ gigantic national debt means we’re firmly in our creditors’ pockets. But what about countries on the opposite end of the spectrum? Who’s got the tiniest national debt? In that arena, it’s tough to beat Liechtenstein. The tiny European principality has a whopping external debt of zero dollars. [...]