June 2010

Taxing Families

Across the globe, many governments like to portray themselves as family-friendly. But are they really living up to that claim? We wonder: In which of the following countries does a typical family earning the average wage face the highest tax burden?

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Coal King

Despite its negative environmental effects, coal is the world's fastest-growing energy source. It is especially prevalent in developing economies, most of which are more focused on economic growth than on the CO2 emissions and pollution produced by the cheap fuel. We wonder: Which country is most dependent on coal?

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Billionairesses Around the World

With the global economy recovering, the fortunes of the world's richest people are also improving handsomely. In the latest Forbes list of the world's richest people, the over 1,000 billionaires hailed from a total of 56 countries. We wonder: How many of the world's billionaires are women?

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Foxconn: China's Labor Moloch

Electronics manufacturer Foxconn, China's largest employer, has been in the news recently. The company's labor practices, which some criticize as dehumanizing, have sparked a wider debate about working conditions throughout China. We wonder: Which of the following are true about the company?

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