Friday, November 21, 2003

Another shoe dropping

The US Congress has dropped one billion dollars from its previous 1.65 billion-dollar international development contribution toward the reduction of world poverty. The billion has been channeled to reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, giving short-shrift to the other third-world nations, and leading the UN to conclude that it cannot meet its goal to alleviate half of the worst pockets of grave poverty by 2015.

According to the BBC, "the head of the large American aid agency CARE USA, Peter Bell, said the US Government should realise that the safety of Americans depended not only on vanquishing enemies such as al-Qaeda and the Taleban but on limiting the poverty which bred extremism."

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