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Chinese Weapons Statistics – War with China? I think not

Number of aircraft carriers in China: 0

Number of aircraft carriers in the U.S.: 11 with one under construction

Number of American nukes: 9938

Number of Chinese nukes: 130

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And the answer is….

A. 11 percent is not correct.
Currently, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about 11 percent of the global population of 6.7 billion people.
By 2050, the region’s share is expected to increase to 19 percent. In fact, sub-Saharan Africa is projected to account for over one-third of all world population growth by 2050.
While the region is currently experiencing economic growth averaging 5-6 percent, per capita income stands at only $840 (or $1,990, if adjusted for purchasing power). Almost half of all people in sub-Saharan Africa still live on less than $1 a day.
B. 18 percent is not correct.
Nigeria, with 132 million people, is Africa’s most populous country – and accounts for 18 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population. At $148 billion, the country also has the region’s second-largest economy.
Other relatively large economies in the region are Angola, Sudan and Kenya.
In total, sub-Saharan Africa’s economic output is $1.48 trillion – comparable to that of Russia, about one-eighth that of the United States and equal to 3 percent of world GDP.
C. 35 percent is correct.
One country – South Africa – generates 35 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s total economic output. The country, which has a GDP of about $521 billion (according to the World Bank), accounts for only about 6 percent of the region’s population.
However, even with South Africa’s relatively high income, its per capita GDP – at $11,000 – is only one-third that of major industrialized countries.
D. 62 percent is not correct.
The ten most populous sub-Saharan African countries (excluding South Africa) are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Congo, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique and Madagascar.
Together, they have 62 percent of the region’s population – nearly ten times South Africa’s share. And yet at $513 billion, their collective GDP is less than the output of South Africa, the region’s economic powerhouse.

Via :: The Boston Globe

What Percentage of sub-Saharan Africa’s Economy is Accounted for by South Africa?

This is Not Yet Eaten #3, but today’s going to be a little different; the statistic is in the form of a question. The answer and the source of the question will be revealed tomorrow. In the mean time, try to guess the answer!

The 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have a total of 743 million inhabitants, about as many as the European Union and the United States combined. However, the region accounts for only a small part of the world economy. What percentage of sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is accounted for by one single country, South Africa?

A. 11 percent B. 18 percent C. 35 percent D. 62 percent

Timeline: Anti-Syrian Lawmakers Assasinated

Antoine Ghanem was the eighth prominent anti-Syria figure killed in Lebanon in about 2 1/2 yearsSept. 19, 2007: Ghanem, 64, an anti-Syria lawmaker from the Christian Phalange Party, is killed in a blast in Beirut. Six others also die.

June 13, 2007: Walid Eido, 65, an anti-Syria member of Parliament, is killed along with his son, two bodyguards, and six others in an explosion in Beirut.

Nov. 21, 2006: Pierre Gemayel, 34, the industry minister and a prominent anti-Syria Christian politician, is shot to death by gunmen in a Beirut suburb.

Dec. 12, 2005: Gibran Tueni, an anti-Syria newspaper editor and lawmaker, is killed when a car bomb destroys his vehicle.

June 21, 2005: Anti-Syria politician George Hawi, a former Communist Party leader, is killed by a bomb placed under his car.

June 2, 2005: Anti-Syria journalist and activist Samir Kassir is killed by a bomb planted under his car.

Feb. 14, 2005: Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an anti-Syria lawmaker, is assassinated in a bombing that also kills 20 other people. Among the dead is Bassel Fleihan, who served as economy minister in Hariri’s government. The opposition blames the Syrian and Lebanese governments, charges both deny.

SOURCE: Associated Press