By Jessica Williams
In this new version of her bestseller, Jessica Williams exams the temperature of our international and diagnoses a malaise with a few surprising indicators. Get the evidence but in addition the human part of the tale at the world?s starvation, poverty, fabric and emotional deprivation; its human rights abuses and incredible wealth; the unstoppable upward thrust of consumerism, psychological disorder, the medication exchange, corruption, gun tradition, the abuse of the environment and extra. The diagnosis may glance bleak, but there's wish, Williams argues, and it really is right down to us to behave now to alter issues.
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Smaller commercial centres, among them many ancient market towns, have started to lose many of the features that made them representative of the areas they served. The NEF pointed out that between 1997 and 2002, specialist stores like butchers, bakers and fishmongers were shutting up shop at the rate of 50 a week. 15 In their place: supermarkets, catalogue stores, chain pubs. The commentator Nick Foulkes paints the picture: ‘The homogenisation of our high streets is a crime against our culture.
China has 44 million missing women. Brazil has more Avon ladies than members of its armed services. Ninety-four per cent of the world’s executions in 2005 took place in just four countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA. British supermarkets know more about their customers than the British government does. 50 a day. That’s more than what 75 per cent of Africans have to live on. In more than 70 countries, same-sex relationships are illegal. In nine countries, the penalty is death. One in five of the world’s people lives on less than $1 a day.
Children living in poverty are three times more likely to suffer a mental illness than children from wealthy families. Sources for the 50 facts Notes Glossary Getting involved Index Acknowledgements I had always believed that writing a book would be a solitary process, but I believed wrong. Numerous people have helped, inspired and contributed, and I am incredibly grateful to all of them. ; to Gladwell Otieno at Transparency International Kenya; and to Barry Hugill of Liberty, Neera Sharma at Barnardo’s and Simon Davies at Privacy Inter national.
50 Facts That Should Change the World by Jessica Williams