The Twitter Bird Set Free!

As Twitter has become one of the most popular social media sites used globally the Initial Public Offering went live late Wednesday, November 6th 2013. Twitter has been deemed a social media revolution, introducing the world to micro blogging and giving users a place to publicly voice an opinion. Twitter was even used in Egypt to remove a president.

CNN Money, stated the initial perspective IPO was set between $17-20. Which was quickly replaced with the $23-25 margin. Twitter Investors remain optimistic about the companies public offering and predict a $1.8 billion increase in revenue from selling roughly 70 shares.

Despite the overt optimism for the company, many still remain pessimistic. USA Today  recalls last year when Facebook took its company public and saw abysmal results. While the overall outcome of Twitter remains uncertain, USA Today has little hope for the Twitter public offerings.

The Huffington Post remained the most optimistic of all the news outlets showing a 73% gain over the course of one day. Setting the first day of trading at $44.90. Twitter will undoubtedly make a profit during this public offering, however only time will tell how much the company will earn over this time.

 

 

 

 

Propaganda in Sochi, Russia

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have fallen under criticism when Russian Government declared an Anti-Gay Propaganda Law, as stated on CNN. The law bans, “‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors.'” Bars around the United States have taken a stand to stop serving Russian vodka.

Critics are concerned with the treatment of homosexual olympians and how the law will effect participants and their viewers. According to the BBC, the games will not be effected by the Anti-Gay Propaganda Law. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak has assured the world that Sochi Russia stands by the Olympic Charter. The charter states that removing an athlete or not allowing them to compete on the basis of discrimination is unfair and against the “Olympic movement.”

RT, agrees with the BBC statement above, stating that the proper steps have been made to insure that the Olympics will continue as normal, however the Anti-Gay Law still stands. President Vladimir Putin, even signed a decree banning protest of homosexual couples or discriminatory rallies.

Despite the arguments made against Sochi, Russia they will adhere to the Olympic code of ethics and will not press charges against olympic athletes competing. However, the discussion is still heated. While the United States is in the mist of changing laws regarding homosexual couples, other countries still struggle with this new idea. Russian cinematographers have produced documentaries talking down about homosexual couples and the likelihood for them to live shorter lives then those of “normal” citizens (as stated in The Huffington Post).

Thus, proving that while the Olympic committee will continue to insure the equality of athletes during this Winter Olympics, they cannot insure the equality of homosexuals in Russia and their unfair treatment for years to come.

Violence in Venezuela

“Money doesn’t have principle. You’re merchandise.” This is exactly what German Garcia Velutini felt like when he was abducted. Kidnapping is a normal event in Venezuela as the title of the NPR article would suggest, “business.” However, the people of Venezuela make their money they are still considered the most unsafe country to live in. According to 247Wallst, 74% of people in the country feel unsafe at night.

The one important piece of information that would provoke this type of crime and violence, is that the police are not innocent. Police have been found to partake in kidnappings to make quick money. According toThe Huffington Post, “one of the most meaningful measure of how safe people feel is the way law enforcement official are perceived.”

Most of those kidnapped are take and held for ransom and are not released until their demands are met. Many wait for a large pay out, while other settle for smaller commodities like a pre-owned car.

 


Global Religion

 

Pew Research study shows distribution of religion globally.

Pew Research study shows distribution of religion globally.

The Huffington Post  sites Pew Research in a recent article explaining the global breakdown religion and which of those are the most popular. The Huffington Post breaks down Pews fairly large article into bullets and charts and explains that Christians are the most popular religion with 31.5% of the population, Muslims are next with 23.2% and lastly 16.3% of the population are those who are unaffiliated, but still religious. Those who are unaffiliated, “believe in God or a higher power, though they do not identify with a particular faith.”

While religion is dispensed around the world few countries hold a concentration of religion rarely seen elsewhere.  For Example Hindus living in India, Mauritius and Nepal make up 97% of the global Hindu population

The United States department of State releases an annual International Religious Freedom report, stating that while religious freedom is something guaranteed in the United States, it is not always the same elsewhere. The International Religious Freedom Act, gave power to ambassadors in the executive branch to be a liaison with countries who have interest in religious freedom. Countries like North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam are likely to undertake religious freedoms somewhere down the road because of their current strict religious affiliations.