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From: David Stodolsky <>
Subject: The killing fields of inequality
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:02:24 +0100


In the first half of the l970s, the distance in life expectancy at birth between
sub-Saharan Africa and high-income countries was 25.5 years; thirty years later
it was thirty years.[4] In the UK the life expectancy gap between the rich and 
the poor has been increasing by 0.15 years annually since the 1980s.[5]Within 
metropolitan Glasgow the gap between males in Calton and in Lenzie is 28 years, 
larger than that between the UK and Africa in the 1970s. Glaswegians from Calton
have a shorter life expectancy than Australian Aborigines.[6] Capitalist Russia
and the rest of the former Soviet Union are also falling behind in life 
prospects. In the early l970s - the period of Communist "stagnation" - the life 
expectancy gap in relation to high-income countries was 2.5 years; in the 
mid-2000s it is almost fifteen years.[7]

David Stodolsky
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