What people around the world think about their financial situation, according to our 2012 survey of global opinion.
A nice info graphic of the state of gay rights around the world.
In an interview with SPIEGEL, Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff, 58, says it was a mistake to bring all the southern European countries into the common currency. He also argues that Greece should be granted a “sabbatical” from the euro and that a United States of Europe may take shape far sooner than many believe.
Morning Reading. Human Rights Watch has released its annual World Report. Check out the essays, which cover the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, the Soviet bloc twenty years on, human rights and tolerance in Europe, and rights for the disabled, among others. Also check out the individual country chapters.
The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom. Why are we #10?
- CO2: USA, 5.2 billion tons per year. Global rank: 2
- Consumption footprint: USA, 6.15 billion tons per year. Global rank: 1
The United Nations says today symbolically marks the moment when the world’s population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast? With the help of a sound montage and video, it gets a little easier to see how the Earth can produce that kind of a crowd.
Watch our video: 7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast
Photo: Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard / NPR
Daily chart: which governments take the biggest chunk from a $100,000 salary? Belgium’s government grabs the highest share from earnings of $100,000, at almost 48%. Between 2003 and 2009, the highest tax rates on personal income declined. But last year they increased by 0.4% as governments sought to reduce deficits.
Defined “as the share of the children living in the households with income below 50% of the national median.” (source)