[A-List] Some Libyan facts:
james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Sun Mar 6 11:56:02 MST 2011
from a comrade
Some Libyan facts:
How was Libya doing under the rule of Gadaffi? How bad did the people
have it? Were they oppressed as we now commonly accept as fact? Let us
look at the facts for a moment.
Before the chaos erupted, Libya had a lower incarceration rate than
the Czech republic. It ranked 61st. (SA: 30th) Libya had the lowest
infant mortality rate of all of Africa. (Libya 18 per thousand, SA 44
per thousand) Libya had the highest life expectancy of all of Africa.
(74 years; SA 49 years) Less than 5% of the population was
undernourished. In response to the rising food prices around the
world, the government of Libya abolished ALL taxes on food. (On 12
People in Libya were rich. Libya had the highest gross domestic
product (GDP) at purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of all of
Africa. (About $15,000; SA about $10,000). The government took care to
ensure that everyone in the country shared in the wealth. Libya had
the highest Human Development Index of any country on the continent.
The wealth was distributed equally. In Libya, a lower percentage of
people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands. (About
7%; SA about 50%).
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