21 July 2015   Leave a comment

The Pew Research Center has done a study on the growth of the global middle class in recent years.   The study suggests that, while the world has made progress in reducing absolute poverty, the effort to raise living standards remains a painfully slow process.  The study finds that:

“In 2011, only 16% of the world’s population was living on $20 or more daily, a little above the U.S. poverty line. By global standards, that constitutes an upper-middle or high-income existence. And most of these people still lived in the economically advanced countries in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.”

The article has an interactive feature which allows readers to compute their annual incomes relative to the rest of the world.  For those of us who reside in the higher income countries, the results give a good indication of how privileged we are.

Anti-immigrant sentiment is spiking in Germany as the country is confronted with a large number of refugees and asylum-seekers.  The sentiment has led to the torching of refugee shelters in Germany–as many as 150  shelters have been set on fire in the first six months of 2015.   Unfortunately, the flow of refugees is not expected to diminish at all.   There is no country in the world that is not experiencing this antipathy toward immigrants, and the trend is politically very dangerous and morally indefensible.

Don’t forget!!!!  Tomorrow night:

I’ll be glued to the tube.

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Posted July 22, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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