In the aftermath of the Great Recession, national governments like Greece are finding themselves at the mercy of unforgiving capital markets.
In the US, the latest Pew survey finds that 22 per cent of Americans say they can trust the government in Washington always or most of the time, which is one of the lowest levels in the last half-century.
Polio vaccines in Nigeria are part of a Western plot to make African women infertile.
Foreign zombies are replacing indigenous labourers in South Africa.
The European Commission poll showed that, while trust in Europe-wide institutions declined as the Great Recession hit, trust in national governments actually increased.
In the United States, the Pew survey revealed that 58 per cent of Americans believed that the federal government was interfering too much in state and local affairs.