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P O V E R T Y : I N E Q U A L I T Y
Animal Planet
Global Income inequalities

   The world was never an equal place. Every specie in this world has a prey and it in turn is a prey for stronger specie. Skyscraping inequalities Yet, nowhere within one specie the disparity is so much as it is in the case of mankind. Consider this - UNDP states that the world's total GDP in 2004 was $40.85 trillion, out of which the 30 countries that form the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) account for $33.03 trillion; 102 developing economies accounted for $8.35 trillion; and the combined 45 sub-Saharan African countries accounted for a mere $498.5 billion (nearly equal to USA's defense budget of 2005). Add to this the fact that in 2003, the top 20% nations accounted for nearly 85% of the global income at a time when 2.8 billion people live on less than $2 a day and 1.2 billion live on less than $1 a day (according to 2003 figures of World Bank Report). While the per capita income (in purchasing power parity terms) of Norway - ranked number one in the Human Development Index - is $38,454, and that of the Czech Republic (ranked 30th) is $19,408, the same for the countries ranked 17th and beyond was an average of $281.

Strange, even dogs and cats have more equality among their sub species than mankind. Yes mankind, purported to be the most 'intelligent'... it just seems to us, perhaps the most dumb.

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