The middle three-fifths

  • 2003-08-07
  • Gwynne Dyer
When the Human Development Report 2003 came out two weeks ago, there was obviously something wrong with it, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Today, sitting in a campsite at the southernmost point of Turkey (even journalists take vacations), I know what it was: The document virtually ignored the whole middle of the world.The Human Development Report, an annual jeremiad issued by the United Nations Development Program, is always a contradictory mix of rhetoric that says the sky is falling and statistics that tell a more hopeful story. This year, the rhetoric says that the richest 1 percent...
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