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Picture: FIFA ballot paper 1, June 2011

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This is a picture of the FIFA ballot paper used this afternoon to elect Herr Blatter for another term as President of FIFA.

No comment needed really.

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Gulf Research Centre Dubai ‘restructures’ 1, June 2011

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There have been rumours circulating for some time now that the various think tanks based in the Emirates were coming under severe pressure from the authorities. Now there is proof.

The Gulf Research Centre based in Dubai is, as it wistfully calls it, ‘restructuring’. Its permit to operate in Dubai expired after ten years in 2010 and it has not been renewed. Clearly, they are doing something right.

This is another nail in the coffin of the liberal dream of the UAE.

Curiously, GRC is relocating its staff to Jeddah(!) and also to Geneva and Cambridge. Best of luck to them.

Superb income inequality graph 1, June 2011

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I love a good graph.

On the left is a percentile representing the worlds richest people (100) and poorest people (1). On the bottom axis are the four countries noted split up into 20 equal tranches of their population (the poorest 5%: 1  –  to the richest 5%: 20).

Brazil, for example, has some of the poorest people on earth, those in the very lowest percentile of ‘world income distribution’. It also has some of those in the highest percentiles as the line snaking upwards and to the right shows. It is, therefore, a highly unequal country.

Interestingly, this graph shows that the poorest ventile in America is still richer that the richest ventile in India. And that

the typical person in the bottom 5 percent of the American income distribution is still richer than 68 percent of the world’s inhabitants.

Hat tip:

@jason_burke – who wrote the seminal book on Al Qaeda