Twenty-three Percent of African Americans Live in Poverty

Written by Drahcir Semaj

Twenty-three percent of African Americans live in poverty inrepparttar US, according to a report released byrepparttar 132451 Commerce Department. The report, "The Black Population inrepparttar 132452 United States: 2002", was released byrepparttar 132453 Commerce Department inrepparttar 132454 Spring of 2003 and wasrepparttar 132455 first time thatrepparttar 132456 Census Bureau looked atrepparttar 132457 state of African Americans inrepparttar 132458 US sincerepparttar 132459 2000 census.

Ofrepparttar 132460 estimated 32.9 million people living in poverty inrepparttar 132461 US, 8.1 million were African Americans and African American children, underrepparttar 132462 age of six-teen, were three times more likely to live in poverty than white children. African American seniors were also three times more likely to live in poverty than white seniors.

China: Challenges and Commitment

Written by Stephen Sullivan

China is a huge place, of that there is no doubt. With over 1.3 billion people it faces enormous pressures and challenges that onlyrepparttar people of Asia andrepparttar 132448 subcontinent can truly understand.

This was brought home to me again recently when talking to a Kazakh friend of mine in Shanghai aboutrepparttar 132449 Avarian “Bird” disease currently threatening China. All this very intelligent and educated man could offer as torepparttar 132450 why’s and where’s wasrepparttar 132451 intonation “too many people, too many people”

This ‘analysis” may sound simplistic torepparttar 132452 scientists and medical experts who attempt to understand and containrepparttar 132453 spread of this disease but, sometimes, simple analysis is best.

China has huge problems as a result of population pressure. People need to be fed, employed, clothed, warmed, transported and made to feel secure. Asrepparttar 132454 P.R.C. officials have said on countless occasions, in part justification of it’s Human Rights record, is thatrepparttar 132455 idea of widespread unrest and lawlessness in a country withrepparttar 132456 populationrepparttar 132457 size of China’s is unthinkable.

China is starving for fuel, it is short of many resources, it is sinking in it’s own pollution, hygiene is poor and it’s environment and natural resources are being degraded at a rapid rate. The threat of Avarian disease, SARS or any number of untold other diseases is very, very real.

Add to thisrepparttar 132458 challenge of having 56 ethnic groups within it’s boundaries and large representations ofrepparttar 132459 major world religions, often than not, very different in ideology and outlook to each other.

The sum result is an unbelievable challenge for any government and, one that you can not help but think, would be beyondrepparttar 132460 capabilities of a totally democratic government inrepparttar 132461 Westminster style.

As commentators and analysts, especially those of us with a Human Rights bent, we can so easily fall intorepparttar 132462 trap of, for want of better words, “China Bashing”. That very comfortable zone where it is easy to provide criticism but rarely put forward solutions.

The P.R.C. say that we are witnessingrepparttar 132463 birth of a “New China”, a China that will take her place inrepparttar 132464 world as an equal and be able to hold her head high inrepparttar 132465 company of her peers.

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