OGJ Editorial: Arab world at crossroads

A new United Nations Development Program (UNDP) report deals sternly with Arab nations about important issues many of them would rather ignore. No less vital are messages it bears for the oil and gas industry and non-Arab world.The report, whose authors are described as Arab scholars, duly reports improvements in conditions of human life in Arab countries during the past 30 years. Life expectancy, for example, has increased by 15 years. Death rates for children under 5 years of age have dropped by two thirds. Adult literacy has almost doubled. Abject poverty is lower in Arab countries than in any other part of the developing world.DisparitiesAvoiding the hazards of generalization, the rep...

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