Sunday, February 27, 2011

Middle East Update and random facts

So you remember how Tunisia sparked the Middle East revolutions back in January? Well, it seems like they weren't so fond of their new Prime Minister either.

"Mohammed Ghannouchi, Tunisia's interim prime minister, has resigned, as security forces clashed with protesters in Tunis, the capital, who were demanding some of his minsters be removed."

If you're looking to start your own Middle East death pool now that Tunisia, Egypt and (probably by the end of this week) Libya have switched leaders consider this chart from the Economist that shows the countries in the Middle East with the lowest rankings for Democracy, press freedom and highest levels of corruption.

Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt
Iraq (huh? Didn't we spend $800 billion fixing them?)
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Tunisia
UAE
Yemen

The upcoming week will be dominated by global revolution news (talk that it's spreading to Asia?), more clashes at statehouses around the US and the jobs report which everyone is expecting to show a sharp rebound since it stopped snowing in February.

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The list of most livable cities seems to be dominated by Australian and Canadian cities.

1. Vancouver, Canada
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Helsinki, Finland
7. Sydney, Australia
8. (equal) Perth, Australia
8. (equal) Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand

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Here is your water cooler worthy Stat of the Day:

Global Box Office Receipts for all movies - $31.8 billion in 2010 ($10.6 billion in the US).

Exxon's 2010 Revenues: $383 BILLION!!

Exxon's 2010 Profits: $31 BILLION

Maybe we should start having a red carpet show for Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell, and Gazprom?

Cheers!

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