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OASDI and SSI Program Rates and Limits 2014

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/prog_highlights/RatesLimits2014.pdf

Shows program limits for tax rates, maximum taxable earnings, full retirement age, cost of living adjustment and more.   From the Social Security Administration

 

Extractive Industries and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: The Role of Social Accountability

Categories: Afghanistan,Democracy/Peace,Geology/Mining

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR339.pdf

Argues that integrating social accountability measures into governance of the mining industry could alleviate violent conflict by ensuring a more equitable distribution of the benefits.   From the United States Institute of Peace

 

2014 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR338-2014%20Presidential%20and%20Provincial%20Council%20Elections%20in%20Afghanistan.pdf

Looks toward the 2014 election in Afghanistan as an indicator of whether U.S. and other forces were effective in bringing democratic processes to the country.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Malaria Cases in U.S. Reach 40-Year High

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Uncategorized

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p1031-malaria-cases.html

1925 cases of malaria were reported in the U.S. in 2011, a 14% increase over 2010.  Also describes what causes the disease and how to prevent it.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock, and Fish

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Science/Technology,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3403e/i3403e.pdf

Argues that agricultural biotechnology is the best way to assist marginal rural inhabitants to increase their productivity, meet growing demands for food, and improve their economic positions.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy

Categories: Births/Deaths,Marriage/Family,Statistics,United Nations,Women

http://www.unfpa.org/webdav/site/global/shared/swp2013/EN-SWOP2013-final.pdf

Latest annual report on the state of world population, featuring the challenge of adolescent pregnancy in developing countries where young girls are forced into marriage.  From the United Nations Population Fund

 

Syria Completes Destruction Activities to Render Inoperable Chemical Weapons Production Facilities and Mixing/Filling Plants

Categories: Syria,United Nations,WMD

http://www.opcw.org/news/article/syria-completes-destruction-activities-to-render-inoperable-chemical-weapons-production-facilities-a/

Press release on the completion of the work of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

 

Using Data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries to Estimate the “Value of a Statistical Life.”

Categories: Births/Deaths,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/article/using-data-from-the-census-of-fatal-occupational-injuries-to-estimate-the.htm

Examines the tradeoff rate or extra amount of wages workers require for bearing greater risks on dangerous jobs.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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