The Fate of China’s Useful Exotics

 The Fate of China’s Useful Exotics

 Twelve major minority groups in China

Disdained by the Chinese majority and harassed by the government, Beijing uses its ethnic minorities to portray itself as a seemingly tolerant and multi-ethnic nation. Now the identity of China’s minorities is threatened by modernization, commerce and pop culture. (Pics)

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World’s Millionaire Population Growing Rapidly

 World’s Millionaire Population Growing Rapidly

Those of you who aren’t millionaires yet, perhaps working harder is not the answer

The number of people around the globe with at least $1 million in assets grew 6% last year to 10.1 million, according to the 12th annual World Wealth Report released Tuesday by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini Group, a consulting firm.

That means an additional 600,000 people became millionaires or richer even as problems tied to the U.S. credit crisis spread in the second half of the year.

 

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Future of Global Population Numbers Unknowable

 Future of Global Population Numbers Unknowable

How many people will inhabit the planet before population growth finally levels off? The figure most commonly used is 9 billion by 2050, up from 6.7 billion today — an extraordinary number, considering that there were only 1 billion humans in 1830. (Right now there are a billion people just between the ages of 10 and 19.) But there’s a growing debate about this projection and what it means.

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