Martin, Josh
November 2003
Middle East;Nov2003, Issue 339, p6
The biggest challenge to the Arab world is not weapons of mass destruction to be found in laboratories of evil scientists, but in countless cradles in homes of Arab families. Soaring populations are posing unique economic and social challenges to Arab governments. Two generations after independence, and after a trillion dollars of oil income has been spent on paternalistic economic development programs and military weapons systems, Arab governments are facing a huge economic challenge. It is truly a social bomb which could explode if steps are not taken to provide economic relief. The rapid growth of Arab populations is occurring simultaneously at opposite ends of life, youth and old age. In Egypt and Morocco, according to the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, total national populations tripled between 1950 and 2000. In addition to that, the article provides data related to population growth of the world.


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