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Lunchtime politics...

A new page to my "Why do people hate the USA?" site... following is brief excerpt of the main criticism:

Foreign Aid: USA is stingiest of the 22 most developed countries</a>
The USA claims to be, in absolute terms, the world's biggest giver and this is true. However, as a proportion of it's wealth the USA gives least when compared to all 22 of the worlds' most developed countries.

"[Americans] are regularly told by politicians and the media, that America is the world's most generous nation. This is one of the most conventional pieces of 'knowledgable ignorance'. [...For example Japan gives more even in absolute terms...]

Absolute figures are less significant than the proportion of gross domestic product (GDP, or national wealth) that a country devotes to foreign aid. On that league table, the US ranks twenty-second of the 22 most developed nations. As former President Jimmy Carter commented: 'We are the stingiest nation of all'. Denmark is top of the table, giving 1.01% of GDP, while the US manages just 0.1%. The United Nations has long established the target of 0.7% GDP for development assistance, although only four countries actually achieve this: Denmark, 1.01%; Norway, 0.91%; the Netherlands, 0.79%; Sweden, 0.7%. Apart from being the least generous nation, the US is highly selective in who receives its aid. Over 50% of its aid budget is spent on middle-income countries in the Middle East, with Israel being the recipient of the largest single share."

"Why do people hate America?" by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies, 2002. p79

Not only that, but according to one source cited by Sarder & Davies, 80% of that aid itself actually goes to American companies in those foreign countries.

Full page:

  • http://www.vexen.co.uk/USA/foreign_aid.html
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    Re: kudos

    (Anonymous)
    I'm frequently full of crap too and some parts of my sites are plain embarrasing and wrong!

    As am American who knows the truth (and no, I'm not ignorant and naive and all things you STEREOTYPE Americans as being and believe them to be (such a conformist; I can't believe you call yourself a "free-thinker")), I TOTALLY agree with this statement, esp. the "parts of my site are... wrong" part.

    Also:

    "USA citizens are not given world news in the same way as most the other developed nations, and may well be genuinely unaware that much of the world is as poor as it is. European news is highly world-centric, whereas due to it's size most USA news does not have enough time to cover news in all neighbouring states, let alone news from around the world."

    FYI: Have you ever talked to many Americans about world events? I assure you most will know as much, if not more, about world news than you (the probability is not impossible that all will have perfect knowledge simply because nothing is impossible, but most will know). I assure you American media gives a thorough coverage of world events. If you want proof, just check any of the hundreds of newspapers/ magazines available in the US on any day. (Hint: go to the ENTIRE SECTION they dedicate to world news called "World" or "World News" in most papers.)

    Here's the most popular 50 newspapers in the US: The New York Times, Charlotte Sun Herald, Washington Post, News Press, Orlando Sentinel Online, Daytona Beach News-Journal, New York Post, Tampa Tribune, Salt Lake Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, Sarasota Herald Tribune, The Washington Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Arizona Republic, Chicago Tribune, Deseret News, Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, St Petersburg Times, The Dallas Morning News Houston Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union, The Naples Daily News, St Louis Post-Dispatch, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Charlotte Observer Online, The News Journal, Las Vegas Review-Journal / Sun, The Star Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Herald, Denver Post, The Oklahoman, USA Today, Indianapolis Star, The Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, Kansas City Star, San Diego Union-Tribune, The Oregonian Online, Detroit Free Press, The Bergen Record, Bradenton Herald, Venice Gondolier, News-Sun, Honolulu Advertiser, Sun Sentinel, and The Sun News.

    These are the top 50 according to http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/Top50/Top50-CurrentUS.htm. I wanted to provide a long list so you would see some names you probably haven't heard of. You can also look for TV sources (including BBC America; are you dissing your own broadcasting systems?) and magazines. There are more newspapers than that (each state has at least three independent newspapers, so be warned not to try and read all of those in addition to the national papers), I just didn't feel like wasting more time.

    As to your accusation that Americans don't know how poor the world is, you are extremely mistaken. The real reason for this is the FABULOUS news coverage we get and the promotions of charities. However, this is one of the places that your "the media makes the Americans myopic" argument is extremely flawed (not that it already isn't simply by existing). If the government were really using the media to boost the American ego, or whatever, don't you think they would use the evidence of how rich America is to make the people proud and thereby produce positive trust in the American economy? In that case, they would definitely have to show how poor some other nations are in order to provide contrast to the United States. So, you have shown your own argument is a pile of shit (not that it wasn't already).

    Please, before you make assumptions about a people and decide that stereotypes are fact, find out the truth and don't read only what you want to read. If someone is critical of a source or opinion, read the original source or opinion and make your own conclusions; don't let The Guardian and other biased European newspapers do it for you.

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