background preloader

The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts
Traffic moves through downtown Lagos, Nigeria. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) The United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographic data from around the world, has dramatically revised its projections for what will happen in the next 90 years. The new statistics, based on in-depth survey data from sub-Saharan Africa, tell the story of a world poised to change drastically over the next several decades. Most rich countries will shrink and age (with a couple of important exceptions), poorer countries will expand rapidly and, maybe most significant of all, Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history. If these numbers turn out to be right – they're just projections and could change significantly under unforeseen circumstances – the world of 2100 will look very different than the world of today, with implications for everyone. Here is the story of the next 90 years as predicted by UN demographic data and explained in nine charts. That's huge. Related:  Controlling the World

Government Corruption, Embezzlement and Bribery in Gabon, Africa | A message from Anonymous Please join us urgently to demand the end of corruption and impunity, as well as justice for people of Gabon: We will be releasing a twitter storm package in support of the «Forum des Indignés du Gabon» (Forum of indignants of Gabon) and the people of Gabon victims of Bongo family dictatorship. Stay tuned. Gabon, an oil rich country, located in Central Africa, is blessed with natural resources. The answer is clear and simple: government corruption and dictatorship! In fact, one family, the Bongo, has been ruling the country, with an iron fist, for more than 46 years. The Bongo family for decades has been taking bribes, stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, and presiding over a system rife with corruption, embezzlements and ritual killings. Despite these proven allegations, presidents and prime ministers of so-called developed and democratic countries haven't stopped inviting Ali Bongo: U.S. This is clearly unacceptable. This is a special message to Ali Bongo and his entire regime.

IZA World of Labor - Wage compression and the gender pay gap There are large international differences in the gender pay gap. In some developed countries in 2010–2012, women were close to earnings parity with men, while in others large gaps remained. Since women and men have different average levels of education and experience and commonly work in different industries and occupations, multiple factors can influence the gender pay gap. Among them are skill supply and demand, unions, and minimum wages, which influence the economywide wage returns to education, experience, and occupational wage differentials. Systems of wage compression narrow the gender pay gap but may also lower demand for female workers. Motivation As of 2010–2012, of 31 OECD countries with data, the gender pay gap ranged from only 6% in Belgium, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Norway to 27% in Japan, 32% in Estonia, and 37% in South Korea. Gender pay gaps are one example of wage differentials. Discussion of pros and cons Wage structure and the gender pay gap: Conceptual issues

Violence erupts in Egypt A bus passes a destroyed pickup truck with loudspeakers that was used by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Friday, August 2. The supporters and security forces clashed in Sixth of October City in Giza, south of Cairo, after the government ordered their protest camps be broken up. Look at the latest violence in Egypt. Morsy supporters walk past makeshift roadblocks at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo on Saturday, August 3. Morsy supporters run among the smoke and fire resulting from clashes with security forces in Sixth of October City in Giza on August 2. Egyptian riot police block the entrance to Sixth of October City in Giza on August 2 following clashes with Morsy supporters. Morsy supporters in red helmets march during a protest against the government in Cairo on August 2. Morsy supporters march in a demonstration against the Egyptian government in Cairo on August 2. A wounded Morsy supporter lies on the floor of a field hospital in Cairo on July 27.

10 Companies That Control What We Buy Obama in Tanzania, sees Africa as next global economic success President Barack Obama kicks around an energy-generating soccer ball at a power plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Tuesday, July 2. Obama was pushing for partnerships in energy as he concluded a three-nation trip to Africa. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, third from right, joined Obama at the Symbion Power Plant at Ubungo. Tanzania's president, left, watches as Obama plays with the energy-generating soccer ball at the Symbion Power Plant on July 2. Former President George W. A Tanzanian band plays as the U.S. president and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in Dar es Salaam on Monday, July 1. Traditional dancers perform as Tanzanian first lady Mama Salma Kikwete greets Michelle Obama in Dar es Salaam on July 1. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete toasts Obama during an official dinner at the State House in Dar Es Salaam on July 1. Obama and Kikwete, right, are greeted by a cheering crowd as they arrive at the State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Monday, July 1. Celebratory greeting

UW study shows direct brain interface between humans November 5, 2014 Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language? University of Washington researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal. In this photo, UW students Darby Losey, left, and Jose Ceballos are positioned in two different buildings on campus as they would be during a brain-to-brain interface demonstration. Read the PLOS ONE paper Learn more about the team’s current research Collaborator Rajesh Rao, a UW professor of computer science and engineering, is the lead author on this work.

FranckJocktane (Franck Jocktane) The Impact of Public Opinion on Public Policy: A Review and an Agenda This article considers the impact of public opinion on public policy, asking: (1) how much impact it has; (2) how much the impact increases as the salience of issues increases; (3) to what extent the impact of public opinion may be negated by interest groups, social movement organizations, political parties, and elites; (4) whether responsiveness of governments to public opinion has changed over time; and (5) the extent to which our conclusions can be generalized. The source of data is publications published in major journals and included in major literature reviews, systematically coded to record the impact of public opinion on policy.