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A phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy.

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John Perkins ...
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Eric Toussaint ...
Himself - Author & President of CADTM
Edgardo Lander ...
Himself - Professor & Historian
H.W.O. Okoth-Ogendo ...
Himself - Author & Law Professor
Miriam Campos ...
Herself - Ministry of Indigenous People, Bolivia
Mashengu wa Mwachofi ...
Himself - Former Parliamentarian, Kenya
Maria Luisa Mendoca ...
Herself - Rede Social President, Brazil
Jaime De Amorim ...
Himself - Coordintor, Landless People Movement Brazil
William Easterly ...
Himself - Author & Professor
Michael Watts ...
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Alvaro García Lineras ...
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Nora Castaneda ...
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Joao Pedro Stedile ...
Himself - Landless Movement Leader, Brazil
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The End of Poverty? asks if the true causes of poverty today stem from a deliberate orchestration since colonial times which has evolved into our modern system whereby wealthy nations exploit the poor. People living and fighting against poverty answer condemning colonialism and its consequences; land grab, exploitation of natural resources, debt, free markets, demand for corporate profits and the evolution of an economic system in in which 25% of the world's population consumes 85% of its wealth. Featuring Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, authors/activist Susan George, Eric Toussaint, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and more. Written by Beth Portello

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In a world where there is so much wealth, why is there still so much poverty?

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16 December 2009 (France)  »

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Progress vs. Property  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,593 (USA) (13 November 2009)

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$57,324 (USA) (19 March 2010)
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The End of Poverty?--The Problem Persists
30 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Global poverty did not just happen. Yet the overwhelming magnitude of poverty seems unsolvable. Can we really end poverty within our current economic system?

In this award-winning documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen, we see the historical foundation that, for over five centuries, laid the groundwork for today's financial crisis. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization (often in the spirit of missionary zeal) that resulted in the seizure of land and minerals and in forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of the structuring of debt, trade and tax policies. The "End of Poverty" (2009) reveals a co- dependency in which the southern hemisphere provides cheap resources for the northern hemisphere without a way out of financial indebtedness and towards economic independence. The dependency is necessary to prop up the industrialized nation's standard of living. Read my detailed review at: www.unhealedwound.com (July 27, 2014)!


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