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    Do Sub-Saharan African countries have a better quality of life than the West in the 1950s?

    It may sound like a strange question. Many Westerners still have an image of Sub-Saharan Africa as an underdeveloped place where people live in huts and hunt with spears like in the early 20th century. But even if some tribes of hunter-gatherers survive in isolated parts of the continent, this...
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    War on Terror cost the US twice Japan's GDP

    War is expensive. It is all the more expensive when one's military uses the latest military technology as the US does. Since 2001 America has waged war especially in Afghanistan (between 2001 and 2021), in Iraq (from 2003 to 2011) and in Syria (2011 to present). A report from the Costs of War...
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    Economy Is the US finally going to get its first high-speed railway?

    Whereas riding high-speed trains has become part of daily life for European, Chinese and Japanese citizens, Americans still do not have a single high-speed railway. The California High-Speed Rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco was approved in 2008 and construction started in 2015, but it...
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    Politics Impeachment is political theater in the current USA era

    Republicans impeach Mayorkas in historic vote The House of Representatives have narrowly voted to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas. Just like the impeachment of Donald Trump, this will ultimately amount to...
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    US-Iran War? It seems like the USA is at war with Iran, much like the way Russia views it's war with Ukraine; "Special military operation". De facto war.
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    Society 3 out of 4 Americans are now overweight, including nearly 1 in 2 obese

    It will come as no surprise to anybody that there are more fat people in the US than in any other developed country. It's not a new phenomenon, but it keeps getting worse year after year. 20 years ago I was already shocked that one third of Americans were obese. Now the latest data points to...
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    Politics Most Americans have very negative views of U.S. politics

    The US-based Pew Research Center published a new report named Americans’ Dismal Views of the Nation’s Politics. The nationwide survey found that 65% of Americans say they always or often feel exhausted when thinking about politics. 89% were angry about politics these days, while only 10% were...
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    Economy Insurance companies are withdrawing from the real estate market in southern USA

    The Economist explains in a recent article how insurance companies are abandoning risky markets such as Florida and California due to the increasing incidence of extreme weather, notably hurricanes and wild fires. Homeowners are have with little choice but to use state-backed insurers of last...