From the same country that will also be deciding whether all adults should have a guaranteed income:
On Nov. 24, the Swiss will vote in a referendum on whether to enshrine the 1:12 pay ratio — in their national constitution, no less.
The initiative is backed by an assortment of mainstream political groups, including the Social Democratic Party and the Greens, who argue that CEO pay in Switzerland has gotten out of control and needs to be reined in. They quote a raft of figures to show that the ratio of top to bottom earners in Swiss firms has grown from about 1 to 6 in 1984, to 1 to 43 today.
For a comparison, the CEO-to-worker compensation ratio in the top 350 largest U.S. firms (when you include realized stock options) is 231:1 — that’s more than five times the gap in Switzerland.
Income inequality is going up, up, up in America. In Brazil, meanwhile, it’s been dropping for years.
While this might seem like a given, as an International Relations and Political Science major, I can tell you that it’s a very complicated question that whole courses were devoted to determining. A great video by C.G.P. Grey attempts to address the issue…
Given the growing and intersecting problems of resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and wealth inequality, it seems clear that our dominant economic paradigms — both in the United States and across much of the world in general — are simply…
As in most authoritarian governments, Iran’s state broadcaster, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), tends to censor many foreign productions based on the stringent and conservative criteria of Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Interestingly, this has led many Korean films and shows — especially dramas — to become dominant in the country’s media market, where they face little competition and act as a substitute for mostly-banned Western productions.
One of the reasons that Korean TV series are allowed this rare privilege is that their lead protagonists tend reinforce traditional Confucian values that happen to align closely with those of Islam, such as putting society before oneself and showing respect towards higher authorities. Since Iranian audiences have little else to watch, Korean productions typically attain higher ratings in Iran than in most parts of the world, including South Korea itself.
For example, the series Jumong, a historical drama about the founder of the Goguryeo kingdom, has at times attracted over 90 percent of Iran audiences — compared to 40 percent in South Korea. Indeed, its lead actor, Song Il-gook, has now attained superstar status in the country, and many Iranians have developed genuine affection for such programs.
The two countries now promote many conferences, exhibitions, and cultural exchanges between one another. More recently, Iranian and Korean researches have been studying the cultural exchanges between the Korean kingdom of Silla and the Persian Empire.
The celebrations that feature bountiful feasts, dancing, and beautiful colored lights begin on Sunday.
Happy Diwali to all my Hindu followers!
Labor of Love
The following photo, Dr. Zbigniew Religa, a Polish cardiac surgeon who was one of the best in the…
It’s self-evident that the internet has done much to bring different cultures together, helping to facilitate or event create trends that transcend boundaries and languages. This is especially the case with social media platforms such as Facebook,…
According to a comprehensive new report issued by the Walk Free Foundation of Australia, there are nearly 30 million slaves in the world right now, including forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, and child brides in forced marriages. In all 162 countries that were investigated, there were slaves present, including the United States, with around 60,000. Read more about it here.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has revealed that he spent an afternoon working incognito as a taxi driver in Oslo. Mr Stoltenberg said he had wanted to hear from real Norwegian voters and that taxis were one of the few places where people shared their true views. He wore sunglasses and an Oslo taxi driver’s uniform for the shift in June, only revealing his identity once he was recognised by his passengers.
Publicity stunt or not, I wish more of our politicians made such an effort.
Spitbank Fort is one of those spots you read about in an Alexander Dumas novel. It’s a gritty, grey, Victorian-era fortress with a dark past and nothing but miles of water on all sides. And it’s the perfect place for a romantic weekend the next time you’re on the coast of England.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
"These self-proclaimed ‘crime fighters’ perform their actions under the broad daylight, often outside and clearly visible to general public that indifferently passes by or even commend them," writes SHRA on its website. "Video recordings of bullying and tortures are freely distributed on the Internet in order to out LGBT teens to their respective schools, parents and friends. Many victims were driven to suicides, the rest are deeply traumatized.”