Melinda and Bill Gates

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Melinda and Bill Gates

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates used his high-profile annual letter from his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to attack a few myths that he said are hurting those who live in the developing world.

Specifically, they took on the notions that poor countries are doomed to stay poor, that foreign aid can’t help and that saving lives will lead to global overpopulation.

“By almost any measure, the world is better off now than it has ever been before,” both he and his wife — who have become the world’s best-known philanthropists — said in an excerpted version of the yearly missive that appeared in The Wall Street Journal today. “Extreme poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, child mortality is plunging, and many countries that had long relied on foreign aid are now self-sufficient.”

However, the three aforementioned myths are also hurting further progress, said the letter, which will come out in its entirety tonight.

“The fact is, whether you look at the issue as an individual or a government, contributions to promote international health and development offer an astonishing return,” the Gateses said. “We all have the chance to create a world where extreme poverty is the exception rather than the rule.”



6 comments
Siriusly
Siriusly

Oh, I read this again... Yeah, overpopulation exists. There are countries that are breeding like hamsters and rats. And there are species that die out or are in danger. The only way to save the elephants from extinction is to destroy those who kill the elephants in the first place. There are forests being cut down and it's resources used for drugs, or later on used as building material. Lakes and any body of water is getting used up faster than it can be restored.

Countries that are poor are poor because of overpopulation and because of its lack of education(enlightenment) and I'm not talking "metaphysical/spiritual/religious/fanaticism" I mean real, applied education, these countries lack that.

This is why these countries will stay poor, because it's people didn't pull their heads out of the sand sooner enough.

Siriusly
Siriusly

What are the myths? -_- Bad article.

deanayer
deanayer

 I blame the halving of global poverty on capitalism, free trade, globalization, logistics, the internet and free market economics !!! Oh wait, I was told all that stuff is evil....

RisingWolf
RisingWolf

“By almost any measure, the world is better off now than it has ever been before,”

“Extreme poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, child mortality is plunging, and many countries that had long relied on foreign aid are now self-sufficient.”


What the hell planet are they on or what have they been smoking??

Guess the Gateses (who the hell is that?) have never been to or heard of: Somalia, Uganda, Congo, Syria, Iraq, Palestinians, Mexico, Afghanistan to name a few, plus American Indian Reservations.

Josh E
Josh E

"The Gateses?" Is that really grammatically correct? Seems wrong... #corrections

Daemon Byte
Daemon Byte

@RisingWolf 


Did you decide to ignore facts and just hit up the oxfam advert? Take Uganda:

Unicef figures show between 1990 and 2011 child mortality dropped from 178 to 90.

World bank figures show between 1996 and 2009 the percentage of the country in poverty went from 44.4% to 24.5%. 

I would say that yes things are improving.

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