Jan Van den Bergh

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High-ranking Chinese official is fired for 'disloyalty' by President Xi in latest display of his ever-increasing power as he cracks down on corruption

• <b>Chinese official Wei Hong has been fired from his job as Sichuan governor</b>• <b><br>He is accused only of violating 'party discipline', not of breaking the</b> …

China

Why Economists Took So Long to Focus on Inequality

In the early 1980s, the share of earnings going to those at the very top of the income distribution in the U.S. -- the 1 percent -- began to rise a …

Can brain science tell us more than the Quran about why young, non-religious Somali Americans would want to kill and die in Syria for ISIS?

Disaffected Somali American youth who don’t find the connection they long for may be susceptible to ISIS recruiters<p>What do Tylenol, schoolyard bullies, chocolate and our self-image have to do with young Somali-Americans from Minnesota ending up in Syria fighting for ISIS, or our ability to prevent …

Do you see a square? Research says this simple test can predict your political beliefs

Your idea of a perfect square may predict your support for same-sex marriage, says a new study.<p>Research published in Nov. 2015 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that what people think constitutes a shape correlates to their political leanings.<p>In a series of studies involving …

Psychology

America's Best Allies Against ISIS Are Inspired By A Bronx-Born Libertarian Socialist

Syrian Kurds have launched an unlikely radical experiment in governance without hierarchy, patriarchy or capitalism.<p>ISTANBUL -- Last fall, Islamic State fighters launched a coordinated, large-scale assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani on Syria's northern border with Turkey. Fresh from victories …

Middle East

America’s middle class has lost nearly 30% of wealth

The rich are getting richer and those in the middle class are getting poorer.<p>More American households make up the middle class than 40 years ago, yet …

The single ugliest myth the rich perpetuate about the poor

Wealthy white conservatives want to believe they’ve earned their fortunes, so they pathologize the lower classes<p>Many wealthy white conservative males believe they deserve their good fortunes, and that the poor are taking handouts. But on average little of the money of the wealthiest Americans is …

6 dispiriting truths about America’s billionaires

Mark Zuckerberg is applauded for his $44 billion donation, but he and his ilk are still driving income inequality<p>When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced this week that he will give away 99 percent of his personal fortune—now estimated at $44 billion—during his lifetime, he was lauded in …

World’s richest 10% produce half of carbon emissions while poorest 3.5 billion account for just a tenth

The poorest half of the world’s population - 3.5 billion people - is responsible for just 10 percent of carbon emissions, despite being the most …

Climate

W has taught us nothing: ISIS, the Iraq War and America’s looming quagmire

We bear moral responsibility for what’s become of Iraq. ISIS or no, we can’t afford another Middle East invasion<p>Assume that the hawks get their way -- that the United States does whatever it takes militarily to confront and destroy ISIS. Then what?<p>Answering that question requires taking seriously …

What Americans get wrong: survey reveals biggest misconceptions

Americans think there are almost twice as many atheists in their country than there actually are, according to a new poll. They also overestimate the number of immigrants, but do guess correctly the percentage of women who work.<p>The survey by Ipsos Mori released on Wednesday measures misconceptions …

Demographics

ISIS has found a huge moneymaking method that's 'impervious to sanctions and air raids'

A recent report in The New York Times shows that ISIS — aka ISIL, Islamic State, and Daesh — pulls in hundreds of millions of dollars from "taxing" and extorting those who live in the territory that the group controls in Iraq and Syria.<p>ISIS is thought to make as much as $900 million from residents …

Income Tax

Binge Watching as a Young Adult Linked to Cognitive Impairment: Study

Sitting around watching TV and not doing any physical activity as a young adult may be linked to lower brain functioning even earlier than scientists …

Twenty Billionaires Have More Wealth Than Half U.S. Households

<b>400 billionaires are wealthier than 190 million of their fellow Americans.</b><p>When should we be alarmed about so much wealth in so few hands?<p>The Great Recession and its anemic recovery only deepened the economic inequality that's drawn so much attention in its wake. Nearly all wealth and income gains …

The richest 10% of people generate half the world’s carbon emissions

Central to the global climate talks currently underway in Paris is the concept of fairness.<p>Most world leaders agree on the goal to limit future global warming to below 2ºC, but there are serious disagreements about who should bear the burden. Poorer countries argue that they haven’t yet gained the …

Fossil Fuels

10 Surprising Bread Tips We Learned from Cookbooks

At its most basic, bread's just flour, water, salt, and yeast. Count 'em: That's just four ingredients. And while a lot can go wrong—cue fears of yeast and bread hard as a hockey puck—so much can go right, too.<p>Like other simple-yet-not-simple things (we see you, pasta), we consulted the experts for …

Baking

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Pomegranate Molasses & Shanklish

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Pomegranate Molasses & Shanklish<p>Serves 6 to 8<p><i>For the Brussels sprouts:</i><p>2 pounds (900 grams) small to medium …

Brussels Sprouts