July 2015

Numbers on the Periphery

Issue xvI


A report has found that, in disregard for international law, the US government has routinely detained minors in Guantanamo Bay.


Minimum number of minors detained at Guantanamo Bay in the last decade. [1]



The Lax Kw’alaams Band, a Canadian first nations people living in British Columbia, have refused nearly a billion dollar offer from Petronas, a Malaysian energy company. The money was an attempt to persuade the Band to allow the company to continue construction of a massive gas pipeline on their land. In refusing the offer, and blocking the pipeline's construction, the people gave this statement: “This is not a money issue: this is environmental and cultural.”


Amount of money, per person, that the rejected Petronas offer amounted to. [2]



Burundi’s vice president has fled the country, fearing for his life after opposing President Nkurunziza’s controversial bid for a third term in office. Many other activists and public figures have also been forced into exile after arguing that the President’s bid for a third term violates the constitutionally imposed two-term limit.


Minimum number of people that have died protesting Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. [3]


Average life expectancy in Burundi. [4]



In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right in all US states.


Percent of Americans under the age of 30 that support same-sex marriage. [5]


Percent of Americans over the age of 65 that support same-sex marriage. [6]


Percent of Republicans that oppose same-sex marriage. [7]



In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the sedative midazolam can continue to be used in state executions. This is the same sedative that was used in several botched executions condemned by the UN as “cruel” and “degrading.” These executions resulted in long periods of extreme suffering for several condemned men.


Duration, in minutes, of Clayton Lockett’s execution. His cause of death was not the lethal drugs he was given — it was a heart attack. [8]


Number of US states that allow for the death penalty. [9]



In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court has ruled against EPA regulation that aimed at limiting mercury emissions at coal-fired power plants. In the majority opinion, Justice Scalia wrote, "The agency must consider cost — including, most importantly, cost of compliance — before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary.”


Number of premature deaths prevented annually by the now invalidated EPA regulation. [10]



A report has found that 50 US hospitals charged uninsured patients more than 10 times the cost of care in 2012.


Percent of these hospitals that are owned by for-profit companies. [11]



Amount to be spent by Koch Brothers alone in 2016 US elections. [12]



Mozambique has decriminalized homosexuality, overriding a penal code that dates back to Portuguese colonization in 1886.


Percent of African countries in which homosexuality is illegal. [13]



The Puerto Rican government has considered declaring bankruptcy, as large budget cuts have proven insufficient to compensate for the territory’s massive public debt, which is larger, per capita, than any US state.


Puerto Rico’s public debt. [14]


Per capita public debt in Puerto Rico. [15]



[1] http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/7/omar-khadr-juveniles-guantanamo.html
[2] http://fusion.net/story/134883/members-of-a-canadian-indigenous-tribe-turned-down-267000-per-person-to-allow-a-pipeline-to-be-built-through-their-land/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialshare&utm_content=sticky+nav
[3] http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/25/burundi-second-vice-president-flees-amid-political-turmoil.html
[4] http://data.worldbank.org/country/burundi
[5] http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/poll-gay-marriage-support-at-record-high/2015/04/22/f6548332-e92a-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html
[6] http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/poll-gay-marriage-support-at-record-high/2015/04/22/f6548332-e92a-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html
[7] http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/poll-gay-marriage-support-at-record-high/2015/04/22/f6548332-e92a-11e4-aae1-d642717d8afa_story.html
[8] http://www.alternet.org/world/un-condemns-oklahomas-botched-execution-clayton-lockett
[9] http://www.alternet.org/world/un-condemns-oklahomas-botched-execution-clayton-lockett
[10] http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/29/justices-rule-against-epa-power-plant-limits.html
[11] http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/why-some-hospitals-can-get-away-with-price-gouging-patients-study-finds/2015/06/08/b7f5118c-0aeb-11e5-9e39-0db921c47b93_story.html
[12] http://www.rawstory.com/2015/01/koch-brothers-set-889-million-budget-for-2016-presidential-election/
[13] http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/11/14/senegala-s-criminalizationofhomosexualitypartofaregionaltrend.html
[14] http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/29/puerto-rico-cant-pay-its-public-debt.html
[15] http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/29/puerto-rico-cant-pay-its-public-debt.html