At an event in Texas that included a contest for the best caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, 2 gunmen opened fire on a security guard and were subsequently killed by police. The Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Center.
After a week of protests that turned into riots, the city of Baltimore transitions. Over the weekend, a peaceful rally took place in front of City Hall.“Amid the celebration, there was an undercurrent of anger, not only over police treatment of black men, but over the lack of jobs and recreation centers, as well as dilapidated housing for Baltimore’s poor”
Another 234 people were rescued by the Nigerian military this weekend. This happened after almost 300 were saved on Tuesday. “Boko Haram has waged a bloody insurgency in Nigeria since 2009, killing thousands and destabilizing the country. The group has steadily continued to make advances over the past year and a half despite punishing attacks from the military.”
Nate Silver, founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight, explains that the most diverse American cities such as Chicago, New York, and Baltimore, are still incredibly segregated. He notes that measuring diversity is a question of scale. While Chicago as a whole is diverse (non-Hispanic blacks 33%, non-Hispanic whites 32%, Hispanics 29%). Certain neighborhoods on the city’s south side, such as Washington Park, are not (97%).
In an investigative piece for the National Journal, reporter Simon Van Zuylen-Wood scours the US to understand why Amtrak has the efficiency of a Soviet steel mill.
Since 2005, Utah has seen a 91% decrease in chronic homelessness. While it costs the state $19,208 to provide services to the chronically homeless, a house and a caseworker costs only $7,800. Buy in from program participants is evident. The program stipulates participants pay 30% of their income or $50 in rent, whichever is higher.
The exact question: “Are people better off in free-market economy given the wide disparities in wealth that might result?” 95% of Vietnamese said yes, compared to only 70% of Americans surveyed.
By far the most outspoken candidate in the 2016 US Presidential race, Bernie Sanders is making waves. On ABC, he explained his vision. “We need a political revolution in this country involving millions of people who are prepared to stand up and say enough is enough, and I want to lead that.”
Mexico’s fishermen are wondering why their American counterparts were paid $1.8 billion by BP, yet they have received no compensation for losses caused by the company’s 2010 oil spill.
A 2014 survey found that 80.1% Venezuela’s 30.4 million population cannot afford food products, yet nearly half of the population lead a sedentary lifestyle, leading to a prevalence of obesity. Malnourishment is worst among the country’s poorest social classes.
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