Make Poverty History in the Middle East
Bush, Janet, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
We had got Africa sussed. We accepted our interdependence; we made the links between trade and development; we put collective pressure on the G8 leaders to come up with more than the usual mean- spirited stagger towards social justice; we felt good.
And then, it appears, Middle Eastern terrorists hit London. On a glorious summer's morning at the G8 summit in the Scottish Highlands, reality returned with a vengeance; and the thought occurred that we have hardly given a thought " in this year of Making Poverty History " to the poverty and deprivation of the Middle East. This omission is no longer viable. We need to educate ourselves.
For a start, we need to see beyond oil and our assumption that all Arabs are rich because of it. The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has countries with oil and without; the former are three times richer than the latter. On the United Nations Development Programme's ranking of 177 countries, we have Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar at 40th, 44th and 47th " but Iran, Syria, Sudan and Yemen at 101st, 106th, 139th and 149th. Saudi Arabia comes 77th, giving ample evidence that its vast oil wealth has not been distributed …
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Publication information: Article title: Make Poverty History in the Middle East. Contributors: Bush, Janet - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: July 1, 2005. Page number: 5. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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