Poverty

Venezuela: Denial of food is a human rights crime

In early February, the Lima Group, a coalition of several Latin American countries and Canada, urged the Venezuelan military to sever ties with President Nicolás Maduro. Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann The Conversation The group called for the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid and for international governments to refrain from doing business with the nation “in oil, gold and other assets.”  Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s opposition to military intervention in Venezuela to solve the crisis, as… How does ... Read More »

Living inside the world’s worst economy, Venezuela

Hungry and without access to medicine, Venezuelans are suffering as a political crisis unfolds. Al Jazeera In oil-rich Venezuela, people don’t have enough to eat, infant mortality is soaring at a faster rate than in Syria, and according to the UN, some three million people have fled the country since 2015. Once Latin America’s richest nation, Venezuela and its people are suffering from the ravages of hyperinflation. On January 23, the leader of the legislature, Juan Guaido, began a push to remove ... Read More »

Surge in rough sleepers prompts call for more action to tackle crisis

Call for action also prompted by record number of families living in overcrowded homes across England Patrick Butler and Robert Booth The Guardian Campaigners have called for renewed action to tackle Britain’s housing crisis after official figures indicated a surge in rough sleeping in England’s cities, coupled with record number of families living in overcrowded homes. Charities said welfare cuts, soaring rents and shortages of affordable homes were behind steep rises in street sleeping in London, Birmingham, and Manchester. There were 1,283 ... Read More »

Crisis Group Yemen Update #2

This is Crisis Group’s second weekly update published as part of our Yemen Campaign. ICG Prefaced with a new introductory trendline – this week, fear of famine – it provides up-to-the minute insights into the four-year-old civil war and the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. The Present Context For more than six months the primary focus for diplomats, policymakers and analysts working on Yemen has been the now-frozen offensive on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. (You can read our ... Read More »

World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in school Larry Elliott The Guardian The growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the… In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the development charity Oxfam said 2018 had ... Read More »

Life as a child in Ireland: ‘Here’s phones. Here’s alcohol. Here’s weed’

NO CHILD 2020 IS AN INITIATIVE BY THE IRISH TIMES, PROVIDING A SUSTAINED FOCUS ON CHILD WELFARE AND CHILDREN’S ISSUES OVER THE COMING YEAR. ITS GOAL IS TO EXPLORE THE PROBLEMS FACING CHILDREN IN IRELAND TODAY, AND OFFER SOLUTIONS THAT WOULD MAKE THIS A BETTER COUNTRY TO BE A CHILD. HERE, FIVE YOUNG IRISH PEOPLE DISCUSS THEIR EARLY LIVES IN…  – SHELTER – Patrick Freyne is a features writer with The Irish Times Michael: ‘I was never parented. I was like ... Read More »

A performer’s life: ‘It’s like starting over and over and over on a zero-hour contract’

Ireland sends out its impoverished artists with a fanfare of glitter and we return home to poverty Deirdre Falvey The Irish Times Artists’ lives offer a glimpse of the reality behind Theatre Forum’s review of performers’ payscales. Liv O’Donoghue, a choreographer and dancer, has toured her own acclaimed work, and performed across Europe, Australia and the US. “I’ve been lucky to be in relatively regular employment and some would say that I’ve been at the top of my game. But ... Read More »

Starving Syria mum sets self, kids on fire after failing to find food

A starving Syrian mother in a refugee camp on the Jordanian border has set herself and her three children on fire after failing to find food for three days. AAP – SBS A Syrian mother has attempted to burn herself and her children to death at a refugee camp in eastern Syria after she failed to find food for her family for three straight days, a civil defence spokesman says. Sundus Fathallah, 28, set herself and her three starving children ... Read More »

Intensely private social worker, who duct-taped his shoes, left surprise $15m to kids

Seattle: Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he… Sally Ho The Sydney Morning Herald The Washington state social worker died of cancer this year at age 63, leaving most of a surprising $US11 million ($15.6 million) estate to children’s charities that help the poor, sick, disabled and… The amount baffled the beneficiaries and ... Read More »

Students are turning to sex work for extra money but experts warn universities are ignoring the issue

Exclusive: ‘The financial situation for students is getting more and more bleak’ Eleanor Busby Independent Universities must stop ignoring the plight of a growing number of studentsturning to sex work and should start offering non-judgemental support, campaigners demand. Students and experts have accused institutions of “simply burying their heads in the sand” over the issue, despite the increasing amount of young people who are turning to sex work to fund university. Rising living costs, higher student fees and access to online apps which remove traditional barriers into sex ... Read More »

2018: The year in figures and charts

BY THE NUMBERS Telling the story of the last 12 months through data. By ARNAU BUSQUETS GUÀRDIA Politico What a tremendous, nebulous year. Very much like last year, 2018 was full of endless Brexit drama. And endless Trump drama. And then there was some more Brexit drama. And some more Trump drama. But hey, other stuff happened too (right?). The French proved that they are still the global champions of street protests, the far right grabbed headlines across the Continent and Angela ... Read More »

Indians promised benefits of 100 smart cities, but the poor are sidelined again

India’s urban population is growing. More than 50% of the country’s population is forecast to be living in cities by 2030. Sujeet Kumar The Conversation This is a major challenge for government because the country’s cities lack the infrastructure (affordable housing, roads) and basic services (sanitation, water, health care) for existing inhabitants, let alone the… Globally, one in eight people live in slums where they face issues of durable housing, access to safe drinking water and toilets, and insecure tenure. ... Read More »

Corbyn: Brexit would go ahead even if Labour won snap election

Exclusive: opposition leader says he would go to Brussels to secure better deal if he was PM Heather Stuart The Guardian Jeremy Corbyn has defiantly restated Labour’s policy of leading Britain out of the European Union with a refashioned Brexit deal, shrugging off intense pressure from Labour MPs and activists for the party to throw its weight behind a… The Labour leader insisted that even if his party won a snap general election in the new year, he would seek to go ... Read More »

Who is responsible for migrants?

President Donald Trump tends to portray migrants as a foreign problem that has suddenly – and unfairly – been “dumped” at America’s doorstep. Felipe A. Filomeno The Conversation Migration “is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S.,” he wrote on Nov. 25 about a caravan of mostly Honduran women, children and young men seeking asylum in the United States. He is not alone. The flow of refugees and asylum-seekers from poor countries to ... Read More »

Gordon Brown: I didn’t think I’d see child poverty again in my lifetime

Ex-chancellor’s tax credits started to erase problem – but universal credit reverses trend Gordon Brown is on familiar territory. Larry Elliott The Guardian The former prime minister is parked on a sofa in a family centre in the heart of his old constituency and holding forth about poverty. The venue, a family centre called the Cottage, is in the Templehall part of Kirkcaldy and easy to miss. The poverty that it is helping to alleviate is not. When it launched its ... Read More »

Human rights in 2018 – ten issues that made headlines

On December 10, the world marks 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Authors: The Conversation Regrettably, instead of the anniversary signalling the enduring impact of human rights, some are fearing the “end of human rights”. Here we highlight some of the rights challenges that captured the world’s attention this year, illustrating the struggle to secure human rights is far from over. 1. Australia’s first year on the UN Human Rights Council Australia took its ... Read More »