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Topic Reading-Vol.2111-1/21/2018

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2018/01/21 Topic Reading-Vol.2111-1/21/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

5 ways the world is pulling apart

The world seems to be more divided in several areas, as many might have noticed.

First, inequality in income and wealth. The rich are becoming richer and the poor are left behind. It is a global trend, but the severity of the problem is greater in some countries where corruption and exploitation among elite groups are so pervasive. Also, the gender gap is still a problem in many places, including work participation, income, and education. Political views are consequently more divided and even polarized than ever before. Those who feel left behind or unfairly treated become conservative and harden their minds against global issues, such as climate change and refugees. Moreover, the fact that should be worried the most is unequal opportunities for education because they fuel poverty, hunger and child mortality, limit future job opportunities, and thus reduce prospects for economic growth.

All these issues might make leaders and the public more near-sighted, and keep their eyes away from long-term issues, such as global warming, pollutions and the fundamental causes of the other problems mentioned above.

Enjoy reading and seeing the charts, and think if developing or developed is the term that is still appropriate to classify countries.

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