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 a statement
​ ​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.  His statement 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.”

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