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"Parts of the US as poor as Third World"

September 9, 2005

Timing is everything. After a week in which the world learned how America takes care of its poor, the UN released its annual Human Development Report. Among the unflattering statistics and conclusions:

  • the long decline in US child mortality (children who die before their fifth birthday) has reversed since 2000
  • the infant mortality rate in the US is now the same as in Malaysia
  • Blacks in Washington DC have a higher infant death rate than people in the Indian state of Kerala
  • Hispanic Americans are more than twice as likely as white Americans to have no health coverage
  • Child poverty rates in the United States are now more than 20 per cent
  • The report describes the US as having “an overdeveloped military strategy and an under-developed strategy for human security.”

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