May 2007

Iran’s Youngsters

Iran finds itself at the center of the global debate over nuclear proliferation. But that issue does not matter to many of Iran’s young people — most of whom were born after the 1979 revolution. They care more about jobs and greater social freedom. We wonder: What percentage of Iran’s population is under the age of 30?

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Billionaires Galore

Despite signs of slowing, the world economy has created huge gains — especially at the top of the income pyramid. The country with the highest number of billionaires is the United States, which has 415 out of a global total of 946 billionaires — for a 43.9% global share. We wonder: Which country has the second-largest number of billionaires in the world?

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What China Needs

Virtually all over the world, there is nervousness about the power of the Chinese export “machine.” But what about the other side of the trade equation? Do you know what currently accounts for the largest share of Chinese imports from other countries?

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Capital Punishment Compared

The death penalty continues to be a bone of contention, especially between the United States and Europe. While it has been abolished in most of the world's advanced democracies, the United States is near the top of the list in terms of executions worldwide. We wonder: How many executions were carried out in the United States in 2006?

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