Poverty

Is it fair that rich EU countries pay for the development of poorer EU countries?

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Should more money be taken from the rich to give to the poor? However we dress it up, this is arguably the most fundamental issue in any democratic system. Debating Europe It’s even more relevant today as global inequality continues to rise. Yet, as the collapse of the Venezuelan economy illustrates, it’s not exactly straightforward. Things become even more complex when transfers of wealth are taking place across borders, where a sense of national solidarity is not at… Is it fair… Read More »

Meet Jessica Pearce, the woman buying houses for Melbourne’s homeless

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A woman has been so moved by the sight of Melbourne’s homeless people that she has started buying houses for them. ABC Radio Melbourne Simon Leo Brown Jessica Pearce was staying at a hotel in Flinders Street with her partner over the Christmas period when they came face to face with city’s homeless problem. “I guess we felt shocked and I suppose a bit guilty — we didn’t realise how bad the housing situation in Melbourne was,” she told… Meet ... Read More »

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition – UN

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Even before the recent surge in violence, the central Greater Kasai region was one of the poorest in… Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation DAKAR, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Spiralling violence in central Democratic Republic of Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening… An insurrection against the… Violence in central… Read More »

World is plundering Africa’s wealth of ‘billions of dollars a year’

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Research by campaigners claims aid and loans to the continent are outweighed by financial flows to tax havens and costs of climate change mitigation Karen McVeigh The Guardian More wealth leaves Africa every year than enters it – by more than $40bn (£31bn) – according to research that challenges “misleading” perceptions of foreign aid. Analysis by a coalition of UK and African equality and… World is plundering… Read More »

U.N. Sees Slavery Risk As Number Of Solo Migrant Children Hits Record High

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Some 300,000 children traveled alone worldwide from 2015 to 2016. Anastasia Moloney Reuters HuffPost A record number of refugee and migrant children are traveling solo to escape violence and poverty, falling prey to abuse and human traffickers in their journey to a new life, the United Nations children’s agency said on Wednesday. Be it to escape war in Syria or gang violence in… U.N. Sees Slavery… Read More »

Gordon Brown: ‘Poverty will be higher under May than Thatcher’

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Levels of poverty will be higher in the UK under Theresa May than they were under Margaret Thatcher, Gordon Brown has said. CATRIONA WEBSTER The Scotsman The former prime minister accused the Tories and the SNP of putting their “dogmatic positions” over tackling poverty and inequality. In a campaign speech in Kirkcaldy, Fife, in which he made no mention of… Gordon Brown: ‘Poverty… Read More »

Somalia asks world to help stabilize ravaged nation

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Somalia’s president on Ma 11 urged world powers to help him fight the “raging enemies” of terror, corruption and poverty, at an international conference aimed at stabilizing the crisis-wracked country under his new leadership. Hurriyet Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the London gathering that the conflict-ravaged state could thrive on the Somali natural flair for commerce if it can hold off the threats of famine, piracy and Islamic extremism. The one-day conference, attended by world leaders, is… Somalia asks world… Read More »

Housing and homelessness: a blight on society

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Unacceptable that children are condemned to twilight existence in hotel bedrooms Editorial The Irish Times View The shortage of housing and the homelessness crisis to which it contributes are among the State’s biggest challenges. Despite the Government’s focus on the dual problems since it took office a year ago, there is little evidence of real progress. The crisis is a hangover from the financial crash and… Housing and homelessness… Read More »

Short Film: How Water Gets From The Nile To Thirsty Refugees

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“Water was the biggest thing,” says journalist Tim McDonnell of the scene at the refugee settlement of Palorinya in northern Uganda. Marc Silver npr Since December, 146,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border, fleeing the violence of the civil war. And without enough… Short Film: How… Read More »

Solutions for tumultuous times

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To tackle global threats such as climate change, conflict and disaster, we must join forces and take collective action. Cihan Sultanoglu Al Jazeera News These are infinitely complex times. From the refugee… Solutions for tumultuous… Read More »

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

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The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan Democracy Now Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald… Facing Famine, 20… Read More »

EU’s New Consensus on Development needs support

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With national discourse becoming increasingly insular, few politicians are brave enough to make the case for multilateralism on the domestic stage. Werner Hoyer Euractiv But the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater, argues Werner Hoyer. Werner Hoyer is… EU’s New Consensus… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

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Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »

Famine-hit South Sudan hikes fees for work permits

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Work permit fees increased 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials say, despite ongoing famine. Al Jazeera War-ravaged South Sudan has hiked work permit fees 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials said, despite suffering from famine. The world’s youngest… Famine-hit South… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

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As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »

Utopian thinking: the easy way to eradicate poverty

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Keeping people poor is a political choice we can no longer afford, with so much human potential wasted. Rutger Bregman The Guardian We need a universal basic income Why do poor… Utopian thinking: the… Read More »