Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Poverty In Indonesia

As capitalism expands all over the world its development leads to an unimaginable level of inequality and the gulf between rich and poor has widened in Indonesia more than in any other developing country. 'It has grown by as much as 60 per cent over the last decade, according to our comprehensive look at inequality in the country. While the rich get richer, around 40 per cent of the country's 250 million people still live with less than $2 per day. The last ten years in Indonesia following the departure of former President Suharto and the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998 has seen dramatic change. Across Asia we've seen rapid growth, but this hasn't trickled down to the region's most impoverished people as much as one would hope - and Indonesia is a case in point. The country's economy has boomed since the 2000s, but this has benefited the rich more than the poor.' (Aljazeera, 29 July) Millions of people trying to survive on less than $2 a day. Capitalism must go! RD

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