Saco-Indonesia.com - Seorang Bill Gates dan istrinya, Melinda Gates, percaya bahwa negara miskin dapat keluar dari kemiskinan. Ia memprediksi tak akan ada lagi negara miskin di dunia pada tahun 2035.
Dalam surat tahunan Yayasan Bill dan Melinda Gates setebal 25 halaman, ia menepis mitos yang mengatakan bahwa negara miskin akan tetap miskin, dan tidak bisa menjadi kaya.
"Negara-negara miskin tidak ditakdirkan untuk tetap miskin. Beberapa negara yang disebut negara berkembang sudah benar-benar dikembangkan," kata Gates dalam sebuah catatan yang dipublikasi Selasa, (21/1/2014).
Argumen Gates mengenai negara miskin didasari atas klasifikasi Bank Dunia tentang negara-negara berpenghasilan rendah —disesuaikan dengan inflasi. Bank Dunia menetapkan garis kemiskinan dengan penghasilan sebesar 1,25 dollar AS per kapita per hari.
"Saya cukup optimis tentang ini dan karena itu saya bersedia membuat prediksi. Pada 2035, hampir tak ada negara-negara miskin yang tersisa di dunia."
Pendiri perusahaan teknologi Microsoft ini berpendapat, sebuah negara akan belajar dari negara tetangganya yang paling produktif tentang manfaat inovasi seperti vaksin baru, bibit yang baik, dan revolusi digital.
"Dengan ukuran apa pun, dunia akan menjadi lebih baik dari sebelumnya. Umur seseorang lebih panjang, hidup dengan sehat. Tingkat kemiskinan ekstrim telah dipotong setengahnya dalam 25 tahun terakhir. Kematian anak menurun. Banyak negara penerima bantuan yang sekarang sudah mandiri," lanjutnya.
Pandangan ini akan disampaikan Gates dalam Forum Ekonomi Dunia, pada 22 sampai 25 Januari 2014 di Davos, Swiss, yang juga akan dihadiri pemerintah serta pengusaha dari berbagai negara.
Negative View of U.S. Race Relations Grows, Poll Finds
Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially more negative in the aftermath of the death of a young black man who was injured while in police custody in Baltimore and the subsequent unrest, far eclipsing the sentiment recorded in the wake of turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., last summer.
The poll findings highlight the challenges for local leaders and police officials in trying to maintain order while sustaining faith in the criminal justice system in a racially polarized nation.
Sixty-one percent of Americans now say race relations in this country are generally bad. That figure is up sharply from 44 percent after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson in August, and 43 percent in December. In a CBS News poll just two months ago, 38 percent said race relations were generally bad. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency.
The negative sentiment is echoed by broad majorities of blacks and whites alike, a stark change from earlier this year, when 58 percent of blacks thought race relations were bad, but just 35 percent of whites agreed. In August, 48 percent of blacks and 41 percent of whites said they felt that way.
Looking ahead, 44 percent of Americans think race relations are worsening, up from 36 percent in December. Forty-one percent of blacks and 46 percent of whites think so. Pessimism among whites has increased 10 points since December.
The poll finds that profound racial divisions in views of how the police use deadly force remain. Blacks are more than twice as likely to say police in most communities are more apt to use deadly force against a black person — 79 percent of blacks say so compared with 37 percent of whites. A slim majority of whites say race is not a factor in a police officer’s decision to use deadly force.
Overall, 44 percent of Americans say deadly force is more likely to be used against a black person, up from 37 percent in August and 40 percent in December.
Blacks also remain far more likely than whites to say they feel mostly anxious about the police in their community. Forty-two percent say so, while 51 percent feel mostly safe. Among whites, 8 in 10 feel mostly safe.
One proposal to address the matter — having on-duty police officers wear body cameras — receives overwhelming support. More than 9 in 10 whites and blacks alike favor it.
Asked specifically about the situation in Baltimore, most Americans expressed at least some confidence that the investigation by local authorities would be conducted fairly. But while nearly two-thirds of whites think so, fewer than half of blacks agree. Still, more blacks are confident now than were in August regarding the investigation in Ferguson. On Friday, six members of the police force involved in the arrest of Mr. Gray were charged with serious offenses, including manslaughter. The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday; results from before charges were announced are similar to those from after.
Reaction to the recent turmoil in Baltimore, however, is similar among blacks and whites. Most Americans, 61 percent, say the unrest after Mr. Gray’s death was not justified. That includes 64 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks.
The nationwide poll was conducted from April 30 to May 3 on landlines and cellphones with 1,027 adults, including 793 whites and 128 blacks. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for all adults, four percentage points for whites and nine percentage points for blacks. See the full poll here.