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Many apparel workers are paid less now than 10 years ago

Are sweatshops really an engine of prosperity?<p>New research reveals that the average wages earned by the people who make clothing imported by the US and other wealthy countries don’t always go up. That challenges the idea that low-skilled labor making cheap goods is necessarily the first step up the …

Iran's electoral elegance: the style evolution of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ran for Iran's presidential office in 2005, his distinctive white kapshan (jacket) became a trademark.<p>His supporters said it …

Big business isn’t investing in people anymore, so big government has to

Productive investments and social spending are essential to a healthy advanced society. Yet US president Barack Obama’s proposal to cut Social Security benefits and the bipartisan idea that social programs are “crowding out” investment set up a false choice between the two.<p>If we look at the federal …

BBC warned of 'summer of strikes' as union rejects pay offer

The BBC has been warned to brace itself for a "summer of strikes" after its annual pay offer for staff was dismissed as "absolutely unacceptable" by …

N.Y. Mission debt settlement firm charged with fraud

NEW YORK — More than 1,200 people across the nation were swindled out of millions of dollars by a company they turned to for help paying off credit card debts, federal prosecutors charged Tuesday.<p>New York City-based Mission Settlement Agency, owner Michael Levitis, 36, and three employees were …

Bank of China 'shuts North Korea account'

The state-owned Bank of China has reportedly shut the account of a North Korean bank accused by the United States of supporting the North's nuclear programme.<p>The closure would be the first openly acknowledged move by an institution in China – the North's key backer – against North Korean interests …

What I Learned from Shooting Portraits of 80 People Over 6 Non-Stop Hours

You know that moment when you agree to do a favor for a friend, and it turns into something a bit… well… more? This past weekend I ended up taking …