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In 1997, Americans donated $143 billion to non-profit organisations. The non-profit sector accounts for 8 per cent of US GDP. [Giving USA]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s latest book, Russia in the Abyss, has a print run in Russia of only 5,000 copies. [The Globe and Mail, 10th June 1998]

One of the BJP candidates in a local Indian election was a convicted criminal with 25 cases pending against him, including six for murder; he lost to someone facing 35 criminal charges. [The New York Review of Books, 25th June 1998]

In 1996, Africa attracted 1.5 per cent of the world’s foreign…

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