December 11, 2006 9:07am CST
The rich really do own the world. According to the United Nations development research institute, the richest 2 percent of the world’s adults own more than half the world’s wealth and the bottom 50 percent own barely 1 percent of global wealth. Here in Indonesia, around half of the population of 230 million live on around US$2 per day. No wonder they don’t live in nice houses. Like these on the Ciliwung River in Bukit Duri, East Jakarta.
• United States
20 Dec 06
It makes me sad that just because I was born in the United States, I am entitled to a life of high-quality living, that a lot of people all over the world could only dream of. I am extremely fortunate to have a warm house to sleep in, that is also dry, free of insects, and sitting on a stable concrete foundation. Someday, when enough people get tired of how the world is functioning (or failing to function for the poor), they will do something about it. I'm saying there will be a communist revolution or anything, but something is going to have to change.