Progress on global poverty

  • Article by: Nicholas Kristof , New York Times
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 8:20 PM

When child mortality drops, there’s a beneficial domino effect.

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bigbadbeanSep. 30, 13 8:20 PM

Over 2 billion people in the world make less than $2 a day. One billion make less than $1 per day. We have no real poverty in the USA and are clueless to the suffering around the world. Our poor eat well, are clothed and have roofs over their heads. They receive over 20K a year in government benefits for every man, woman and child. Poverty in the USA is not having premium cable channels.

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kremlinmomSep. 30, 1310:54 PM

If you think that accelerating inhuman population growth is a benefit in an already over populated planet then perhaps you have a point.

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owatonnabillOct. 1, 13 6:21 AM

"Despite the gains, a Pew poll early this year found that the budget area that Americans most wanted to cut was “aid to the world’s needy.” ................. Perhaps that is due to the fact that much of that "aid to the needy" never gets to the needy at all but instead goes to enrich the coffers of this warlord or that despot instead. No one is against saving a child. But this and similar tug-at-the-heartstrings articles are long on idealism and sentimentality but at the same time woefully short on facts. Why enrich the very selfsame despot who is the primary reason his people ARE suffering in poverty? Americans are not penurious. But neither are they, by and large, stupid.

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pumiceOct. 1, 13 4:26 PM

Re: "Perhaps that is due to the fact that much of that 'aid to the needy' never gets to the needy." Eliminating disease, providing vaccines and clean water, building schools, micro-loan programs--any aid which gets to the needy is a better route to hearts and minds than military aid. Less expensive, too.

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