“Their enormous wealth and knowledge contrast in a shocking way with the conditions in which large numbers of their citizens live, some 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty and 5.3 million live in conditions of extreme poverty Third World” With these words the rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights of the UN, Philip G. Alston, refers to the United States in a report in which he tells of a 15-day research tour that he carried out in that country at the end of 2017 .

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