Top Economist Links ISIS & Inequality
Middle Eastern oil monarchies who are keeping large proportions of their populations living in a state of ‘semi-slavery’ are partly responsible for the rise of Isis terrorism, acclaimed French economist Thomas Piketty said this week.
Writing in French newspaper Le Monde the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century Thomas Piketty said jihadists are using inequality to justify their actions and gain popular support and specifically linked the Paris attacks to the oil elites.
“These are the regimes that are militarily and politically supported by Western powers, all too happy to get some crumbs to fund their [soccer] clubs or sell some weapons,” he suggested.
“No wonder our lessons in social justice and democracy find little welcome among Middle Eastern youth.” (Independent )
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