Daily Archives: February 13, 2018

Brazil | Coca-Cola And Nestlé To Privatize The Largest Reserve Of Water In South America

By  Amanda Froelich

Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestlé are allegedly in the process of privatizing the largest reserve of water, known as the Guarani Aquifer, in South America. The aquifer is located beneath the surface of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and is the second largest-known aquifer system in the world.

USA | In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty

November 2013

If you live in the United States, there is a good chance that you are now living in poverty or near poverty. Nearly 50 million Americans, (49.7 Million), are living below the poverty line, with 80% of the entire U.S. population living near poverty or below it.

 That near poverty statistic is perhaps more startling than the 50 million Americans below the poverty line, because it translates to a full 80% of the population struggling with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on government assistance to help make ends meet.

In September, the Associated Press pointed to survey data that told of an increasingly widening gap between rich and poor, as well as the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs that used to provide opportunities for the “Working Class” to explain an increasing trend towards poverty in the U.S.

 But the numbers of those below the poverty line does not merely reflect the number of jobless Americans. Instead, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday, the number – 3 million higher than what the official government numbers imagine – are also due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses.
The new measure is generally “considered more reliable by social scientists because it factors in living expenses as well as the effects of government aid, such as food stamps and tax credits,” according to Hope Yen reporting for the Associated Press.

Some other findings revealed that food stamps helped 5 million people barely reach above the poverty line. That means that the actual poverty rate is even higher, as without such aid, poverty rate would rise from 16 percent to 17.6 percent.

Police in Tehran say women will no longer be arrested for not wearing a hijab

Authorities in Iran’s capital city Tehran announced that women who walk around in public without the proper head coverings will no longer be arrested. Compulsory hijab has been the law of the land in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Women have been compelled to wear a strictly-enforced conservative dress code consisting off a headscarf to cover their hair and long loose fitting clothing ever since.