Glimpse Quarterly Exposes Global Inequalities, Questions United States' Commitment to Assisting Developing Countries

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A special report in Glimpse Quarterly's Summer 2007 issue brings into question the role of the United States and other developed countries when it comes to sharing the world's resources. Chock-full of eye-opening statistics, graphs and anecdotes from study abroad students, the report explores such themes as developing countries' limited access to foreign aid, the Western World's lack of investment in preventative healthcare, and the developmental challenges faced by the third world today.

Have you ever stopped to wonder why there are people still starving in the 21st century, and why the United States isn't doing more to help? This is one of many questions posed in a special report, released in Glimpse Quarterly's Summer 2007 issue, about the role of the United States and other developed countries when it comes to sharing the world's resources and ensuring that our global population has access to sufficient food, clean water and adequate healthcare.

The report offers not only eye-opening statistics and graphs, but also anecdotes from study abroad students to explore such themes as developing countries' limited access to foreign aid, particularly from the United States; the Western World's lack of investment in preventative healthcare on a global scale; and the developmental challenges faced by third world countries today, especially in relation to environmental and demographic changes.

Study abroad student Adam Goldstein described his experience working in a clinic in Ethiopia, where he says patients "suffer from the most intense cases of tuberculosis, malaria, relapsing fever and other diseases now suffered only rarely by the Western world."

On the topics of healthcare and hunger in Ethiopia, Jennifer Muchow points out that in 2003, when she studied abroad there, the United States gave Ethiopia $550 million toward the green famine and only $4 million toward development. "Sure, Ethiopia can feed its children today," Muchow says, "but what about tomorrow?"

While third world countries struggle with long-term strategies for disease prevention and sustainable development, they also must grapple with the consequences of deforestation, climate change and other environmental issues, for which the Western world is largely responsible.

Jane Hodge, who studied abroad in India and visited the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, discusses agricultural shifts over the past few decades, during which farmers have transitioned to monoculture crops for international markets. Says Hodge, "farmers (now) find themselves relying on only one crop for their livelihood and on the government for seeds, fertilizers and pesticides." Moreover, she points out, because the land was deforested to clear the way for commercial crops, "the exposed ground cover of the apple orchards has led to fertilizer and waste runoff, and the river is now too polluted to rely on as a source of irrigation."

The report was compiled by Glimpse Quarterly's Editor in Chief, Kerala Goodkin, who calls upon students to think beyond Western Europe and Australia when choosing a study abroad destination. Then, she says, study abroad students can "bring back the stories--both positive and negative--that are so under-reported here in the United States. The first step toward solving global inequality is to make people care. The second step is to do something about it. And the third step is to ensure that what we do is enough."

A PDF version of the report is available here:

In addition to this exclusive report, the Summer 2007 issue of Glimpse Quarterly features a special spotlight section on Brazil, featuring first-person perspectives on the country's vibrant culture, as well as its economic and environmental challenges. Other stories include: "Challenging China's Party Line," "Rude Americans: TomKat in Italy" and "How Not to Eat Fondue."

Glimpse Quarterly is published by the 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation, which fosters cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing forums for sharing the experiences of young adults living and studying abroad. Primarily distributed through colleges and universities across the country, the magazine has a current circulation of 10,000 with a projected readership of 15,000. It is also available in bookstores nationwide.

The Glimpse Foundation was established by Brown University students in November 2001 and began full-time production in May 2002, with generous seed funds from the National Geographic Society. Glimpse uses its growing youth network to innovate platforms for creative nonfiction, informed discourse and intercultural exchange.

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