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How about Handing over Hard Cash to the Poor with No Strings Attached?

Video Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking TED talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun talks about unconditional cash transfers highlighting an innovative project that makes once off cash donations to poor individuals with no strings attached. Watch this talk to learn what difference a thousand dollar direct cash transfer can make to the life of a poor person who is able to spend the money as he or she pleases. The...

Nuclear Deal with Iran 95% Complete

Picture credit: Just Foreign Policy Video As the November 24, deadline approaches for the end of the Iran and P5+1 negotiations, analysts are speculating about the state of negotiations and what it would mean if a deal is signed. The circumstances and tone of the negotiations have changed since Iran is currently being viewed as a potentially valuable partner in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS). Negotiations have reached a level where there is the possibility of the U.S. lifting sanctions against Iran and allowing it to...

Feminism Gone Awry: How to Be a Female Pop Star in Five Easy Steps

Picture credit: Raz Birkshaw/Wikimedia Commons Video Women pop stars are dominating the charts these days. Hooray! This is a major victory for feminism, right? Alas, it seems that some women are reaching the top of the charts by, ahem, less than feminist tactics. Harriet Gibsone has made an amazing, sharp-humored video on how you too can be a female pop star for The Guardian. Her tips include hiring a man to help you write a song, preferably about your body, because that's what you fans will want. And instead of merely celebrating...

Let's Help Refugees Thrive, Not Just Survive

Picture credit: TED Video Fifty million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than three million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighbouring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. With wars going on continuously, the average time that a refugee will spend in exile is 17 years. On a global scale, every day 32,000 people will be displaced from their homes on average. Most...

Evo Morales Wins Third Term as President of Bolivia Proving that Socialism Doesn't Damage Economies

Picture credit: Evo Morales courtesy Al Jazeera Video According to this CCTV America report, unofficial election results this week indicate that Bolivian president Evo Morales has won a third term. According to exit polls, he got about 60% of the vote. His closest opponent, Samuel Doria Medina, received just 25%. The government's economic stewardship as well as its dedication to spreading the benefits of the country's natural gas and mineral wealth to the poor has been key to Morales' re-election. At the same time the Wall Street Journal...

End of an Era: Uruguay's Selfless President, Jose Mujica, to Step Down

Picture credit: Uruguay Video The President of Uruguay is known as one of the most progressive and selfless in the world. Jose Mujica gives away 90% of his salary, has legalised gay marriage as well as marijuana and offered refuge to Guantanamo prisoners. Yet under Uruguay's constitution Mujica can't stand for a second term and with an election next month, the latest polls for his successor haven't been good. The main opposition candidate, Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, is from one of the wealthiest families in the country....