Children, Rich and Poor

 

UNICEF has released a report on the condition of children's lives in rich countries. (The Child Poverty in Perspective report can be found here.) The report, which ranks the U.S. and the U.K. at the very bottom of a list of 21 industrialized nations, starts with the following note:

The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialization, and their sense of being loved, valued, and included in the families and societies into which they are born.

You can also view the UNICEF's The State of the World's Children 2007.

This includes a little report and video on Zahra Yaghobinezhad's activities in Iran's Persian Gulf port city of Bandar-e Langeh. There are also other stories on activists from the U.S., Romania, Ethiopia, Brazil, Chad, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

 

Comments:

Is it really a surprise to you that a report by the U.N. would rank the US near the bottom... are you that naive?

Posted by Colby on February 14, 2007 at 07:44 PM PST #

Colby - In matters like this, U.N. has proven to be generally objective. Here, "rich" countries are being compared to rich countries. Denmark is on top of the list. I think a comparison of defense and military spending as percentage of GDP over the last 50 years in the U.S. and Denmark should make it clear why one ranks so highly and the other so low in the comparison group of 21 industrialized nations.

When it comes to adverse effects of heavy and long-term military spending, I can only agree with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz' predictions and observations, as described here. What China has to do to reduce its exposure to interest rate risks in the U.S. capital markets shows the confidence international markets have in any turn of events.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on February 16, 2007 at 03:36 PM PST #

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