The New Rulers of the World: John Pilger takes a look at the global economy and shows that divisions between the rich and the poor are greater than ever. This documentary was made in 2001 and first broadcast on ITV that summer. Now more than 15 years on the themes Pilger highlighted have become even worse as multinational companies have expanded to unpreceded levels using the internet as a control mechanism, influencing governments and institutions such as the IMF and World Bank.
The countries impacted the hardest are in the third and developing worlds, where up to two-thirds of children live in poverty and are not able to access educational material. In countries such as Indonesia, which Pilger visits to make the documentary, children are forced into “sweatshops” and work for basically nothing to provide enormous profits for their employers.