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Flashback Friday is a flashback of this weeks most interesting articles and stories that I have come across, some  new and some slightly older.

1. So to start with the first, is one regarding a list of 10 American Muslims who have contributed to the US. The list contains some well known Muslims such as Malcom X and Muhammad Ali,

However there are some names that I am surprised with especially considering how some of them are famous.

10 American Muslims ( https://www.tytnetwork.com/2015/01/13/10-famous-muslim-americans-you-didnt-know-were-muslim/)

American Muslims

American Muslims

If you enjoyed this one, then a more conclusive list of notable American Muslims can be found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_Muslims.

2. Next up is to do with the wealth inequality in the world and the recent report Oxfam recently released a report stating how the worlds richest 80 people have the same wealth as the bottom 3.5 Billion wealthy people in the world.

Inequality poster by Oxfam

Inequality poster by Oxfam

Last year statistics show that the wealth inequality in the world was at 85, therefore this just illustrates how the divide is just getting larger (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jan/19/global-wealth-oxfam-inequality-davos-economic-summit-switzerland).

So who are these 80 people (http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/meet-the-80-people-who-are-as-rich-as-half-the-world/) as you can see there is a mix of self made and inherited folk and the range of industries vary from Tech to Retail. Thus, there is no one industry or route to get yourself on the list. So what is it that they all have in common to achieve such wealth? Hardwork? Intelligence? Right place right time? Are they all geniuses? Or combination of all? The latter is what I think, you obviously cant be an idiot – even if you have just inherited the money you probably won’t be a complete idiot because you would have had access to the best educational systems in the world to enrich yourself.  They also must have an immense drive to work hard  and be intuitive to their surroundings in order to maintain their wealth and to differentiate themselves from their peers. Many people in our world perhaps have such similar traits but they don’t reach this point, perhaps the majority of this group of 80 do having something special some may call it a touch of genius. Although I must say with some of these companies that have produced such wealth could have just been growing in the right place at the right time – just think would Google or Facebook or Microsoft have worked at any other point in time under any other circumstance? God knows best.

Despite the report though, does it really mean the world is getting worse financially? This article (http://time.com/money/3675142/oxfam-richest-1-wealth-flawed/) illustrates the flaws in the oxfam report and ends the report with a thought provoking point –

“It’s strange that we’re going to emphasize the gap between the world’s richest person and people in lowest income distribution given the fact that the person in the middle has actually seen a faster progress in his or her living standards since the mid to late 1970s than at any point in human history,” says Brookings’ Burtless. “There’s a certain irony.”

So to end this part, it comes down to are you in the the 1%? Are you the top 70 Million people int he world in terms of wealth.

Find out at  http://www.globalrichlist.com

3. I came across an interesting chart going on the social media circles (below)

Global Obesity Map

Global Obesity Map

(Source –http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/01/23/obesity-in-world-countries-map_n_6530896.html?utm_hp_ref=uk)

This chart illustrates the impact of the food choices society is making across the world. It links with the article above (the inequality of wealth)  by showing, how as the world is getting richer it is making ill-informed decisions regarding its nutritional intake and moving away from a active lifestyle (i.e. more motor vehicles.)

There is a great article on the links between wealth and globalisation with obesity (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-causes/globalization-and-obesity/) that state many obvious points but we often overlook.

4. And finally a little extra one which is quite funny/interesting –

The Rich Kids of Tehran (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2916388/Our-lives-aren-t-like-Homeland-Argo-Instagram-s-Rich-Kids-Tehran-250-000-cars-10m-homes-opulent-lifestyles-attack-view-think-ride-camels.html#ixzz3PJK2kaL3) and (http://instagram.com/therichkidsoftehran/)

This is a funny instagram account of the incrediblly wealthy and ‘liberal’ minded folk who live in Tehran. It is quite contrast to the perceptions on the Islamic Republic of Iran that a lot of the world hole. Take a look at the images below…..

Women in Iran Smoking Shish @Rich Kids of Tehran

Women in Iran Smoking Shish @Rich Kids of Tehran

Instagram Cover of Rich Kids of Tehran

Instagram Cover of Rich Kids of Tehran

The pictures cannot sit well with the ‘Islamic’ country of Iran however the kids respond to this …

Statement by Rich Kids of Tehran

Statement by Rich Kids of Tehran

Please note due to an Internet error this was not able to be posted actually on Friday and went live on a Saturday (25th January 2014).

Adieu, Adieu…Stormy