The trend of growing income inequality was a key catalyst of the Arab Spring protests — and has also given rise to "Occupy Wall Street" protests in the United States as well as related demonstrations throughout the developed world. We wonder: Which developed countries have the highest levels of income inequality?
Child poverty is a particularly harmful societal scourge because its effects often persist into adulthood. It diminishes educational opportunities, has a detrimental effect on health and may even stunt physical growth. Unfortunately, it is still relatively widespread in countries that are widely considered rich. We wonder: Which of the following country pairings has the highest child poverty rates?
According to United Nations estimates, the world population is expected to reach seven billion by late October 2011. We wonder: If the fertility rates of countries around the world were to remain unchanged at their current levels, what would be the size of the world population in 2100?
The U.S. government is currently estimated to spend about $115 billion per year on military operations and related costs in Afghanistan. We wonder: In comparison, how much does the United States spend annually on its entire support for the United Nations?