Hostages, Soccer Stars and More Potash Hanky-Panky

How the global potash trade has become subject to the whims of a loopy Eastern European dictator

Globalization has its ironies. Consider, for example, how the fortunes of companies in the U.S., Germany, Israel and Canada have become as unpredictable as the actions of a former collective-farm director turned dictator of an obscure country in Eastern Europe.

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