Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Dead Kids Slip Under the Radar 

Look, you whining do-gooders, there’s a WAR on. We’ve got better things to do with our money…

LONDON, England (AP) -- The amount of aid rich countries give to poorer nations has fallen by half since the 1960s, risking the lives of millions of children, a leading development charity said in a report released Monday.

As a proportion of rich countries' income, aid has fallen from an average 0.48 percent in 1960-65 to 0.24 percent in 2003, Oxfam said. The United Nations has set a target of allocating 0.7 percent of national income to aid.

Oxfam said wealthy nations need to give more aid to help meet the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, which include cutting poverty in half, reducing child mortality and improving education by 2015.

"As rich countries get richer, they're giving less and less. This is a scandal that must stop," Oxfam Director Barbara Stocking said. "The world's poorest children are paying for rich countries' policies on aid and debt with their lives."

Oxfam calculated that 45 million more children will die in developing countries between now and 2015 than if the world were on track to meet the U.N.'s goals. via CNN

45 million dead kids, a scandal? Oh, please, Barbara. Gay marriage, now THAT’S a scandal!
I am, yes, a believer in redistributing wealth. Instead of distributing bullets and bombs and spewing corporate pollution.

How best to achieve that? The UN?

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