Daily Archives: August 3, 2011

People follow the trial of Hosni Mubarak

People follow the trial of Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. Getty Images.

Who needs Ramadan soap operas when you can watch live, second by second, an Arab ruler on trial?

Until the moment Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into the iron cage this morning on a hospital bed , there were widespread doubts that he would appear in court to face charges of killing protestors during the 18 day revolution that ended his 30-year rule. Some said the trial of the deposed autocrat would be postponed, others speculated Mubarak would prefer to die than be dragged to court. Read more

More on sovereign debt. This interactive graphic on the burden of public debt, which we published earlier this week, is fairly scary stuff, particularly the debt to GDP ratio between 2007 and 2016 comparing advanced and emerging countries.

The 2007 snapshot essentially shows two symmetrical worlds; the 2016 version has developed a huge bulge at the top end with seriously indebted advanced countries in bondage to their domestic and international creditors. Read more