An explosive scandal in the Caymans

When you see a headline about the premier of the Cayman Islands being arrested in a corruption probe, it's natural to assume it has something to do with the country's lucrative, but often shady offshore banking sector. And indeed, McKeeva Bush -- who essentially acts as the country's finance minsiter as well as prime minister -- has been the target of investigations for financial irregularities for years.

But this particular case turns out to be much more interesting:

The 57-year-old Bush was detained “in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations,” Dougall said in a statement. Those include probes into suspected theft related to misuse of a government credit card and breach of trust for the alleged importation of unspecified explosive substances without valid permits.

I know details are still sketchy, but shouldn't the illegal explosive substances be a slightly bigger concern than the credit card here?

Bush plans to continue working as the country's leader as the investigation procedes. 

Cayman Islands Government


Belarus taking the express road to serfdom

Europe's last dictator is considering drastic measures to keep workers in the country's wood-processing industry from quitting to take better paying jobs in Russia:

 "A decree is being prepared that says that until the end of the planned modernization and reconstruction of [wood-processing] enterprises [in 2015], workers are forbidden from quitting their jobs," Lukashenka announced during a visit to the Barysaudrev wood-processing plant in Barysau, a bleak industrial city about 40 kilometers northeast of Minsk, on November 30. "Workers cannot quit their jobs without the agreement and permission of the management of the enterprise."

He added that workers who left their jobs despite the warning would be sentenced to compulsory labor and returned to the production line.

Forcing people to work -- why has no one thought of this idea before?