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U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

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U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

2024-05-30 10:13 Last Updated At:11:07

Working people in the U.S. are increasingly experiencing a decline in their quality of life as human rights in the country become a privilege for the ruling minority, according to Benjamin Norton, editor-in-chief of the Geopolitical Economy Report, an independent media outlet covering world affairs.

In an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN), Norton expressed concerns about the United States' ability to meet the basic needs of nearly everyone except the upper classes of its society.

"If you're wealthy, you can live very well in the U.S. But for average working people, their wages have been stagnant since the 1970s. My generation is being told there will be no retirement funding, no pensions. Health care is extremely expensive. Education is prohibitively expensive. So, you have all of these problems. Meanwhile, you have more racism, violence, instability. So, people can see that the lives are getting worse," he said.

Norton criticized the two major political parties in the U.S. for their fundamental failures to address important issues that affect everyday people.

"And yet they have two choices in the political system. You have Republicans. What is their response? They scapegoat immigrants, they blame China for everything. Now we have this drug issue. They blame China, which has nothing to do with it. In fact, the drug issue in the U.S. was caused by big pharmaceutical corporations, including Purdue Pharma, which faced dozens of lawsuits for basically giving money to doctors to encourage them to overprescribe medicine like Oxycontin, which got people addicted. The Democrats are incapable of providing alternatives. They ostensibly say they want to provide better policies for working people, but they're also beholden to the big money interests. So, they have this contradictory policy where they say they want to give us more education and health care, but they don't do it," said the analyst.

U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

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China supports all efforts leading to peaceful resolution of Ukraine crisis: spokesman

2024-06-14 23:58 Last Updated At:06-15 00:17

China welcomes and supports all kinds of efforts conducive to a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday.

At a regular press briefing in Beijing, spokesman Lin Jian made the statement in response to a media query regarding the Summit on Peace in Ukraine, which will be held in Switzerland from June 15 to 16.

"China welcomes and supports all efforts for peace. Our position on the Summit on Peace in Ukraine to be held in Switzerland is fair and just and we've been open and clear about our position. China has maintained close communication with Switzerland, Ukraine and other parties on issues related to the summit and encouraged equal participation and fair discussion of all plans at the summit," said Lin.

"The six common understandings by China and Brazil have received positive response from over 100 countries. They reflect the universal expectation of the world and represent the broadest common ground of countries in the world on this issue. We welcome more countries to support and endorse the six common understandings," he said.

China supports all efforts leading to peaceful resolution of Ukraine crisis: spokesman

China supports all efforts leading to peaceful resolution of Ukraine crisis: spokesman

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