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Who Turned My Blue State Red?

Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net. (The explanations might surprise you.)

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Crisis on Track to Push 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty

In response to a new study, the charity Oxfam urges the World Bank “to heed its own warnings and support equitable, low-carbon development.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Spread of Drylands Will Hit Poorer Nations Hardest

Global warming, increasing aridity and a rapidly expanding human population will lead to drylands covering half of the earth’s land surface by the end of this century.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE

More Than Half of U.S. Wage Earners Make Under $30,000 a Year, According to a Shocking New Report

Wage statistics for 2014, recently released by the Social Security Administration, provide proof of the claim we all feared was true: The middle class is disappearing.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

New 2015 Wealth Data Reveal U.S. Inequality at Its Ugliest

According to new data, nearly 50 million of America’s 243 million adults are part of the world’s poorest 10 percent.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

Half of World’s Wealth Now Owned by 1 Percent of Population

A new report by Credit Suisse reveals worldwide inequality to be growing even faster than experts had predicted.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Truth About Poverty and How to Address It

It’s high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

Pope Francis seems intent on forging a new, progressive path.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Americans and the Needs of Strangers

Of course we should do more for our own citizens who need a hand. But our failure to help some who are in need should never be an excuse for refusing to help those facing genuine catastrophe.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Charity Is No Substitute for Revolutionary Activism

The cardinal sin of many charities is their exoneration of capitalism and capitalists—people who “make it their business to control what others need for life and a minimum standard of living”—of responsibility for the suffering that charities and their supporters seek to alleviate, writes philosopher Mathew Snow at Jacobin magazine.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Students From Low-Income Families Are More Likely to Drop Out of College

Even when financial aid covers the cost of higher education, many students from poor backgrounds leave college without finishing their four-year degree for a reason some may not expect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Cornel West on the Demonization of the Black Poor

In the second part of the two-part premiere episode of his TeleSUR show, “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges sits down with political commentator and professor Cornel West to discuss the dismantling of the black prophetic tradition and the dismissal of the plight of the poor by black elites.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 READ MORE

WATCH: Bernie Sanders: The Koch Brothers Would Love to Open U.S. Borders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he opposes opening U.S. borders to all immigrants on the basis that it would drive down wages by increasing the number of workers competing for American jobs.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: We Waste a Third of Our Food While American Families Go Hungry

The “Last Week Tonight” host lists the moral, environmental and, yes, even financial reasons why, as a country, the U.S. needs to stop wasting so much food.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis

His extraordinary call for saving the ecosystem has resonated with the global community. The question now is: Will Earth’s people, both ordinary and powerful, act on his message to prevent the planet from becoming a “pile of filth”?

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Look What Austerity Does to a Child’s Brain

The stressful conditions of poverty—“overcrowding, noise, substandard housing, separation from parent(s), exposure to violence, family turmoil”—can permanently diminish the ability to think clearly and calmly.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers

“How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?” asks HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Royal Baby

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE

Molotov Cocktail

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Most coverage of the protests this week failed to provide context or give voice to those protesting, instead offering a simplistic narrative of “school-age youths” assaulting police at Mondawmin Mall.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Envying the Rich

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

If Privatizing Education Aggravates Inequality, Why Does the World Bank Support It?

Fifteen years after the international community committed itself to bringing primary education to every boy and girl, 58 million children still lack access to schools, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

A Letter of Apology to My Grandson

When I stumbled into the future in all its grim horror, I felt an urge that seemed uncomplicated: not to hand your mother and uncle a degraded country, planet, new century without lifting a finger in opposition, without at least trying. I felt the need to mobilize myself in a new way for the future I’d seen.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

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If the U.K. Economy Is Improving, Why Are Over a Million People Forced to Use Food Banks?

Figures regarding the United Kingdom’s recovering finances fail to account for drastic growth in the number of British citizens resorting to emergency food banks just to get by.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

Newburgh, N.Y.: A Once-Grand City That Had Its Heart Torn Out

“Once one of the grandest cities in the entire north-east, the story of Newburgh’s decline and the fight to resurrect it is the story of the struggle of many cities in the United States, a story that says much about how the nation views its urban centres, and the problems and challenges that go with them,” writes The Guardian’s Michael Deibert.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

Here Are Some of the Reasons It’s Messed Up to Make the Poor Prove They Deserve Government Aid

Legislators want to limit how citizens in need spend government benefits and force them to give up their privacy and freedom in the process. The Washington Post’s Emily Badger explains why this is evidence of a blatant double standard.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why Global Poverty Won’t Actually Be Eradicated in This Century, Despite What Leaders Say

A recent Guardian piece reveals why there’s no way world leaders’ claims about cutting world poverty in half could possibly be true. The truth is far bleaker than politicians and mass media would have us believe.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

‘The Bells of Easter Sunday Are Actually a Call to War’

A careful look at the Gospels may offer a picture of the original Easter message that is more startling than the theme of lilies, chocolate and eternal salvation that prevails today, writes Brandon Ambrosino in The Boston Globe.

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Rants at Obama

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver on How the ‘Poor Get Hurt the Worst’ by Traffic Tickets

In one of his most impassioned monologues to date, the “Last Week Tonight” host demands that municipal violations stop being used as a means to feed off our most vulnerable citizens.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE

Part-Time Workers in Japan Are Living in Internet Cafes

A short film takes us into the lives of former Japanese “salarymen” and others who, because they lost work, have taken refuge in the cramped, bleak cubicles that honeycomb their society’s Internet cafes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE

London Rioter: Anger at Elites Fueled My Behavior

As new research by the University of Oxford suggests that the 2011 U.K. riots were linked to economic inequality and distrust of police, a contrite rioter-turned-community-organizer writes about the low feelings that drove him to join the aggressive free-for-all.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Ferguson Missouri

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE

Does Progress Spawn Poverty? A Gilded Age Issue Remains With Us

The “long nineteenth century” of class against class climaxed in the labor insurgency that followed the Great Crash of 1929. It seemed to resolve itself in the New Deal. But the questions it raised have endured, resurfaced, and grown more pressing of late.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive

It’s been 25 years and change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, many Germans now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE

Some Wal-Mart Workers to Get a Modest Raise

In an effort to stave off criticism of its low wages, the United States’ largest private employer announced Thursday that it will raise the pay of half a million workers to $9 an hour in the next six months.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1 Percent and Bust the Rest

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

New Study Shows Why It Makes Absolutely No Sense to Blame the Poor for the Financial Crisis

Despite efforts to blame the housing crisis on lower-income buyers, the truth is that the rich had a greater impact on the economy by defaulting on significantly larger mortgages.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Does Lack of Empathy for the Poor Make You a Sociopath?

In a scathingly sardonic (and somewhat humorous) column for The Guardian, Lucy Mangan explains why those in the political class, and anyone else who has trouble understanding poverty, are despicable human beings.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Put a Name to the 80 People Who Own Half of the World’s Wealth

Some of the names on this list of the über rich will seem familiar while others may come as a surprise.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE

The Super Rich Own Half the World

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

The World’s 1 Percent Will Own More Than the Other 99 Percent Combined by 2016

Can we please stop calling it the “wealth gap”? The figures Oxfam recently reported on global inequality can only be described as a growing abyss between the world’s über-rich and the rest of us.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

For the First Time in Decades, Over Half of America’s Public School Students Live in Poverty

A recent shift in public school demographics mirrors the wider picture of growing poverty and dramatic inequality that has come to characterize American society.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

Are Conservatives Actually Becoming More Compassionate?

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

Living on a Dollar a Day

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE

Living on a Dollar a Day

Nearly 1.8 billion people live in extreme poverty, most barely surviving on $1 a day. A new book of photography documents the everyday lives of the world’s poorest people.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE

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