One of the focal points of the protests raging in Zuccotti Park and around the world is the sizable gap between the rich and everyone else. Yet as the below graphic shows, there are many different levels of wealth among even the richest of the rich.
Following the big Mother Jones release of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney'shidden-camera comment on the "47 percent" of Americans "who will vote for the president no matter what," my colleague at The Atlantic, David Graham, posted an article Monday looking at the real "47 percent." Using the Tax Foundation's data on 2008's income tax non-payers (people who filed a tax return but did not actually owe federal income taxes), he found that the states with the highest rates tended to be traditionally Republican states. Graham writes:
Romney's statements are a little unclear, but it appears that the 47 percent figure represents all of those who pay no income tax, rather than the Democratic base. His problem is that those people are disproportionately in red states -- that is, states that tend to vote Republican...One important note about these numbers: This measures only those Americans who filed for taxes with no liability. Millions more didn't even file; it's those millions, added to the estimated 52 million here, who combine to make that 47 percent.
In a bid to reconcile strict gender-segregation laws with a desire to increase employment opportunities for women, Saudi Arabia is planning to construct a new industrial "city" exclusively for female workers, Russian news agency RT reports.
The idea is mind-blowing to say the least. More women would be able to be a part of the workforce and move freely about women-only cities in Saudi Arabia than they could in 'regular' cities.
Question to ponder: would the implementation of this idea represent a cultural step forward for Saudi Arabia towards gender equality or would it be a step that further isolated women and is repressive? What do you think of the idea given the ingrained gender norms of Saudi Arabia?
"A pesar de que la esclavitud no es legal, hay millones de personas que viven en esclavitud. Uno de los lugares e industrias que propician la mano de obra esclava está ligada a la producción del cacao".
El líder mundial de producción de cacao es Costa de Marfil y el sucio secreto de la esclavitud es un lugar común en las plantaciones de cacao en este país del oeste de Africa. Los niños son pasados de contrabando desde países como Mali, Nígel y Burkina Faso y llevados a lugares remotos a plantaciones aisladas del resto del mundo. Mientras que las estadísticas son solo aproximadas, este video afirma que el 35% del chocolate del mundo está producido por mano de obra esclava (y hemos visto estimaciones aún mayores). ¿Qué es lo que nos lleva a esta horrible situación? ¿Es una cuestión geográfica?
A United Nations report cites widespread shortages of food, water, electricity, jobs, hospital beds and classrooms amid an exploding population in an area of Gaza.
While most slums are symptomatic of issues that would be addressed by an economic and urban geography analysis, the slums of Gaza are different. Many slum issues are tied to city politics, but in Gaza these slums are also connected to some of the larger geopolitical issues of the region.
Tags: Political, urban, squatter, poverty, MiddleEast, economic, place, unit 4 political, unit 7 cities.
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