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Friday, February 16, 2018
LINK OF THE DAY: FEB 16 2018: “The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American illusion.”
In December last year, United Nations Special
Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued
on his 15-day
fact-finding mission of some of the US’s poorest neighbourhoods. Alston is an
Australian who is professor of law at New York University. Hisstatement on American poverty and inequality has
been overlooked by most of the mainstream media.
Kenneth Surin who teaches at Duke University, North Carolina, has written an article on Counterpunch based on Alston’s findings.
“In a nutshell: most developed countries do much
better than the US on internationally recognized human well-being indicators,
such as life expectancy, infant mortality, pregnant mother mortality, obesity
rates, rates of incarceration, homicide rates, standards of educational
attainment, income disparities, levels of childhood poverty, nutrition
standards, homelessness, etc.”