Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, in white, tussles with policemen who stopped him from speaking to journalists, Male, Maldives, Feb. 23, 2015 (AP photo by Sinan Hussain).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and senior editor, Frederick Deknatel, discuss Russia’s efforts to reassert itself as a global power and whether or not Moscow is succeeding. For the Report, JJ Robinson talks with Peter Dörrie about the many problems facing the Maldives. Listen: Download: MP3Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Relevant Articles on WPR: Even With Aleppo’s Fall, Syria’s Assad Will Keep Looking Over His Shoulder What Could Trump’s Russia Policy Actually Look Like? Why Climate Change Is the Least of the Maldives’ Worries Will ‘Lip Service’ Reforms End Up Changing Morocco’s Politics? Is Macri’s Moment […]

Foreign tourists arrive at a resort, Kurumba Island, Maldives, Feb. 12, 2012 (AP photo Gemunu Amarasinghe).

On the morning of Aug. 17, 2014, an officer in the special operations section of the Maldives police force heard the beep of an incoming message from his cell phone. It was from Ahmed Adeeb, who at the time was the country’s tourism minister. “You guys need to focus on this auditor general,” he wrote in his message, referring to Ibrahim Niyaz, who had been investigating corruption in the country’s tourism marketing authority, the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). “No worries,” the officer texted back. “Maybe we need to light up his office, as he is continuously making […]

Indians stand in line to withdraw money from an ATM, Hyderabad, India, Nov. 19, 2016 (AP photo by Mahesh Kumar A.).

On Nov. 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes would be withdrawn from circulation, a move designed to tackle corruption that instead has created chaos and disproportionately affected India’s poor, who depend on the informal economy. In an email interview, Jan Breman, an emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam, discusses India’s informal economy. WPR: How large is India’s informal economy, how many people participate in it, and how much tax revenue does the government lose from it? Jan Breman: The informal economy in India “employs” close to half a billion men, women and children, […]