Poverty

How the oligarchy wins: lessons from ancient Greece

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Ganesh Sitaraman looks at what two recent books – Classical Greek Oligarchy by Matthew Simonton and Oligarchy by Jeffrey Winters – can teach us about defending democracy from oligarchs Ganesh Sitaraman The Guardian A few years ago, as I was doing research for a book on how economic inequality threatens democracy, a colleague of mine asked if America was really at risk of becoming an oligarchy. Our political system, he said, is a democracy. If the people don’t want to ... Read More »

World Bank warns of ‘learning crisis’ in global education

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World Development Report 2018 calls for greater measurement, action on evidence WASHINGTON, September 26, 2017 – Millions of young students in low and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed in life. Warning of ‘a learning crisis’ in global education, a new Bank report said schooling without learning was not just a wasted development opportunity, but also a great injustice ... Read More »

Why we need the welfare state more than ever

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Shocked by the ‘poverty cycle’, British reformers created a safety net for casual workers. Now precarious working conditions are back, and the welfare state is under attack. By Chris Renwick The Guardian Tucked away behind York Minster – the grand cathedral adorned with medieval stained-glass windows that dominates the North Yorkshire city’s skyline – is a cobbled street that has become an informal labour exchange. Each day, just before lunch, couriers dressed in the distinctive mint green and black uniform ... Read More »

Why the first 1000 days are crucial for children all over the world

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From the start of pregnancy through to a child’s second birthday, the clock is ticking on a crucial window of opportunity: the first 1,000 days. Amy Cooper World Vision We now know wellbeing, nutrition and care in this period of life, more than any other, has a profound impact on a future adult, their eventual children – and even wider society. “Not a year goes by where we don’t learn more and more about the importance of the first 1000 ... Read More »

Is The World’s Resources Not Enough for Everyone?

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Today, nearly 8 billion people live in the world. Each year, 4.5 billion tons of food is produced. Our world’s food production has enough capacity to easily feed humanity, even with an overproduction of 50%. In other words, enough food is produced every year to feed 10 billion people. HARUN YAHYA American Herald Tribune This statistic proves that famine is not the reason behind the wars of the world. No one is attacking or slaughtering others to survive; no one’s ... Read More »

North Korea drought: Children at risk in ‘worst crisis since 2001’

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North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says. BBC Crop production in the country has been hampered by a prolonged dry period and food imports are now urgently required to fill the gap, the UN has warned. The most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly, will be worst hit. In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans are believed to have died… North ... Read More »

The brain drain and youth depression taking over Greece

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As Greece’s financial struggle from the crash continues to worsen, Theresa May warns that failure to tackle the UK’s deficit could see it spiral into a ‘Greek-style… Chloe Farand Independent Chloe Farand meets the young and old Greeks who are worse affected by the lack of jobs and cut to… “Many people in this village live off a plot of land in the winter because there just aren’t any jobs here,” says a mother of… The situation in Greece is worse now than it has ever… The ... Read More »

Rich Pakistanis pay little under country’s unjust tax system

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The poor pay 80% of total taxes collected in Pakistan while the rich contribute a miserable 5% because of special rights, privileges or concessions F.M. Shakil Asia Times The poorest of the poor pay 80% of taxes collected in Pakistan while the rich, whose total contribution to overall tax revenue does not exceed 5%, enjoy special rights or… The poor pay huge indirect taxes on utilities, petrol, and mobile communication which come to 80% of the country’s total… The 36 ... Read More »

The rising stakes for ocean governance

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World oceans play the crucial role of a life support in poverty alleviation, food security, human health, and curbing climate change. Mizan R Khan The Daily Star But our oceans are increasingly being threatened and degraded by human-induced climate change, natural disasters, depletion of fisheries, loss of… Ocean governance in recent years has become an important area of global diplomacy. The process began with the UNEP-initiated Regional Seas Program (RSP) back in… The rising stakes… Read More »

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 »