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Indian laborers rest under a tree where they live, Ahmadabad, India, Jan. 19, 2016 (AP photo by Ajit Solanki).

Global Poverty Reduction Is Good News Americans Should Know About

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It’s pretty hard to read the news or scroll through Twitter these days and still feel good about the state of the world. In the Middle East, the bloodletting in Syria, Yemen and Iraq seems to be continuing with no end in sight. With the recent selection of Avigdor Lieberman as Israel’s defense minister and the creation of the most right-wing government in the country’s history, the hopes for peace between Israelis and Palestinians looks like even more of a long shot than usual. In South America, deep political and economic crises have seemingly put both Venezuela and Brazil on the brink of social implosion. And in Asia, between China’s aggressive posture in the South China Sea and U.S. efforts to reassure friends and allies—illustrated most recently by the Obama administration’s ending of the ban on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam—tensions seem to be increasing on a daily basis.

Closer to home in the United States, the Republican Party is poised to nominate a populist demagogue as its party standard-bearer. And while Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president in November are decidedly slim, that he’s even reached the point of being a major party nominee is enough to make the next five months an ordeal. ...

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