From where I sit and write in the West, I have witnessed the devastating Great Recession and U.S. subprime mortgage crisis of the late 2000’s that wreaked economic havoc around the world.  I have seen the results of Bernard L. Madoff’s gigantic Ponzi scheme and kept tabs on disgraceful bank behavior and misconduct in the Libor rigging scandal. I have followed the news on Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the United States’ National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance program.  I have learned of the fabricated evidence that led to unnecessary wars and the loss of lives.