- The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.'
- Part 1: The Numbers are Staggering: US is `World Leader' in Child Poverty (in "Developed" Countries)
- Part 2: Map | How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th)
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Part 1: The Numbers are Staggering: US is `World Leader' in Child Poverty (in "Developed" Countries)
The callousness of America's political and business leaders is shocking once you start looking at the numbers.
Paul Buchheit, AlterNet
Hungry child eating bread Shutterstock // Raw Story
April 13, 2015 | America's wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent.
Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, "People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy." The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it's like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working. "There is no such thing as a free lunch," insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to "sweep the floor of the cafeteria" (as they actually do at a charter school in Texas).
Paul Buchheit teaches economic inequality at DePaul University. He is the founder and developer of the Web sites UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org and RappingHistory.org, and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press).
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Part 2: Map | How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th)
Max Fisher, Washington Post
Click on the map to enlarge. (Data source: UNICEF)
April 15, 2015 | A new report by the United Nations Children's Fund, on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations, turned up some alarming statistics about child poverty. More than one in five American children fall below a relative poverty line, which UNICEF defines as living in a household that earns less than half of the national median. The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries surveyed, above only Romania and below virtually all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
The above map gives a comparative sense of the data. The blue countries have less than 10 percent of its children below UNICEF's relative poverty line, with the red countries approaching 25 percent. Southern European countries, among the most effected by the euro crisis, have some of the worst rates, although none as low as the United States. Former Soviet countries also score poorly. Northern European countries score the highest. English-speaking countries tend to fall somewhere in the middle.
Max Fisher is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.
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