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A political post (you've been warned) by Ellerd on 12 January 2007 8:10am
 
Medicins San Frontieres' Top 10 Most Unreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006:

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/publications/reports/2007/top10_2006.htm

Why can't this be part of one of those countdown shows the TV networks love?
 
Re: A political post (you've been warned) by foreignrabbit on 12 January 2007 4:43pm
 
because people who care are the minority. i know. its not right.
 
Re: A political post (you've been warned) by Lounge Trekker on 12 January 2007 4:59pm
 
It would be an interesting exersise to estimate the wealth in the world, and to calculate the amount of money required to at least ameliorate the suffering of people all over the world in a sustainable way. How much (as a percentage of one's assets/income) would all people need to share to make life bearable for those who are unfortunate? Can anyone make a guess?

Way beyond me. I think it would be an extremely small percentage. Then there's the political will...now there is another can of worms!

Lounge Benefactor
 
Re: A political post (you've been warned) by tucsonmike on 13 January 2007 3:26am
 
I cannot make that calculation either. In a perfect world it could be done, but I am going to be despressingly realistic here and say it will NOT be done because of a variety of factors.
1. Overpopulation in poor areas.
2. War and cruelty.

All the goodheartedness in the world, money and rich folks responsibility will not solve those two issues.
 
Re: A political post (you've been warned) by sighthound on 13 January 2007 4:13am
 
The new Nobel Peace Laureate had something to say about that. I'll try to google it later. It wouldn't take that much - certainly less than a war on Iraq.

Overpopulation is certainly one of the big problems. But many studies have show that, if women are educated, the birth rate drops.
 
Re: A political post (you've been warned) by Lounge Trekker on 13 January 2007 4:31am
 
That is a simplified way of considering it, I think.

If societies are educated about the role women can have concerning whether and when to reproduce, birth rates may be reduced - if that is what the society in question believes must be done.

We are fortunate to live in industrialized nations, and have a different philsophy on survival of our genes.

Remember, in an agrarian culture, if times are tough the practice has historically been to have more babies, thereby improving the chances of one or more babies surviving long enough to carry on one's line. The natural agrarian cycle has been interrupted by a few factors: drought; pestilence; and industrial esploitation of populations to extract natural resources for the benefit of...western society - us.

I think to just 'teach women that the choice is theirs' is a few steps forward, too quickly.

I, too, have suggested an over-simplification of an immensely complex issue...trying to feed the world without giving back some of what was taken in the past.

Some of us refuse to give up any of our luxuries.

Lounge Dreamer
 
Re: A political post (you've been warned) by sighthound on 13 January 2007 9:39pm
 
You're right, Pete, it is more complicated than that. Won't go into the complications about it but, statistically, educated women (in even poor agrarian areas) have a much higher survival rate for their children than women who are kept ignorant. That, plus the empowerment and larger world view that education gives, causes birth rates to drop dramatically.
 



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