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To illustrate the income inequality between rich and poor countries, consider these facts: the world's richest individuals have a combined income greater than that of the poorest 416 million; 982 million people out of the developing world's 4.8 billion people live on $1 per day, and another 2.5 billion (40% of the world's population) live on less than $2 per day. In addition, the poorest 40% of the world population accounted for 5% of global income in 2005, the richest 20% accounted for 75% of world income, and the richest 10% for 54%.
About 60% of the poorest countries experienced civil conflict of varying intensity and duration in the period 1990–2001 that, in most cases, erupted after a period of economic stagnation and regression. In Rwanda, for example, average private consumption per capita fell by more than 12% between 1980 and 1993, the year before the genocide occurred.
Originally posted by crawgator406
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
tis was the best piece of writing i have seen since i have been hear at ATS.
as far as the OP this a great thread it is time that everyone talks about how they feel about this country of ours. by getting past the stress we can put our thoughts together to find a solution to the problems that pleg us here. awsome post.
Originally posted by antar
What needs to happen is much more empathy and tolerance in general and I believe in that possibility.
Yet threads like these are springing up far too often in my opinion and never seem to serve anything other than playing into a subtle form of manipulation of their own.
I believe in people, and it is the people who will one day awaken to a higher and much more noble existence, yet they have a ways to go as prejudice runs deep and that is always a geographical phenomena.
This is 'our' shared planet. It is high time people begin to see everyone as humans, earthlings.
We have the chance in the next 90 years to rise to towering heights together, to move into a type one society, but only if we can begin to break down the barriers which hold us all impoverished and based in fear, anger and greed.
Would you not agree ? that America has a lot of mistakes to correct and that we have not been heading in the right direction for sometime now? It could be a much more better place and in that accomplishment we can not feel so ashamed by all the bad it does in the here and now and will allow us to feel proud once again?
You have already stated that America is not as old as most other countries, so give her a break and watch as she makes her mistakes and takes those first steps towards becoming a seasoned country and dont knock her for learning as she grows.
Originally posted by Rams59lb
Over $5 trillion dollars in junk securities were marketed and sold. They had a real value of about $2 trillion dollars; the other $3 trillion, roughly, was pure fiction.