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Archives by Tag 'poverty'
Mexico en Verano
PAT CABELL
On July 1st, 2012, the day of Mexico’s recent presidential election, I visited the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, hoping to encounter a painting by Remedios Varo. A surrealist painter fleeing the Spanish Civil War, Varo was among the many notable exiles to make t...
The Widening Wealth Gap
KAREN DOLAN
We can’t seem to stop having record numbers of people living in poverty in the United States. The richest continue to get richer and the rest of us continue to see our incomes get lower and lower. New Census Bureau figures ...
John the Baptist in Red Wing Shoes
DANIEL CHURCH
Fairbanks. Shift work can be a dangerous, nauseating experience. Working 12 hours straight in a control panel at a power plant for 84 hours I often have entertained myself by adjusting the junked out radio with an antenna that wraps around the wall like a ...
Letter From a Wretched Pakistani
SHAFQAT HUSSAIN
Jab zulm-o-sitam ke koh-e giran Rooyi ki tarah ur jayenge. When the weighted mountains of tyranny Will fly off like cotton whisps. — Faiz Ahmed Faiz. This memorandum is addressed to you. Y...
World Bank’s Jim Yong Kim Comes to South Africa
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. “One of the things you learn as an anthropologist, you don’t come in and change the culture,” Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim told wealthy alumni when contemplating the institution’s notorious hazing practices, prior ...
Hot Autumn in the Kingdom of Spain
DANIEL RAVENTOS and JULIE WARK
On 20 November 2011, thirty-six years after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, the right-wing Popular Party (PP) won a resounding victory in the parliamentary election. Less than ten months later, voting intention polls show that public support for the Rajoy gove...
Why You’re a Lot Poorer Than You Thought You Were
MIKE WHITNEY
You’re a lot poorer than you thought you were. According to a report by Sentier Research “real median annual household income… has fallen by 4.8 percent since the ‘economic recovery’ began in June 2009.” That’s worse...
An Interview With Cheri Honkala
LEE BALLINGER
Cheri Honkala was born into poverty in Minneapolis in 1963. For the past twenty-five years she has served as national director of the ...
America’s Descent Into Poverty
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The United States has collapsed economically, socially, politically, legally, constitutionally, environmentally, and morally. The country that exists today is not even a shell of the country into which I was born.  In this article I will deal with America’s economic co...
Defining Inequality Down
DAVID GREEN
Since the recession of 2008, it has become increasingly apparent that for the past four decades the majority of the American population has gotten a raw economic deal. Computer applications and internet technology have made accessible raw data from the Census, the Bureau ...
A Tale of Two Classes
SAM PIZZIGATI
Peter Edelman has battled poverty for nearly half a century — first as a top aide to Senator Robert Kennedy, later as a state and federal official, and currently as a key figure at a widely respected law and public policy center in Washington. Over his years in a...
The Deepening Recession in Black America
SALVATORE BABONES
The recession has been hard on everyone. Tens of millions of people lost their jobs. Many of those who didn’t lose their jobs suffered salary cuts. Retirement savings and home values have plummeted. Even people who have kept their jobs and homes have ha...
Child Poverty in America
STEVEN HIGGS
Downtown Bloomington, Indiana with its upscale restaurants, bustling bars and East Coast-style boutiques and nail salons – all brimming with the rich and their progeny – has always advanced a false image of the Southern Indiana town so many describe with utopian super...
Playing Games on the Poor
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
London resident Zita Holbourne plans to participate in the Friday July 27th Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games held at the gleaming new stadium located not far from her community of Newham. However, Holbourne, a trade union activist and poet, is not partici...
Rich Man, Poor Man Long Island-Style
KARL GROSSMAN
Poverty and extreme wealth on Long Island, where I live, have been in the national spotlight in recent days. HBO this month broadcast a powerful documentary “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island.” Filmmaker Marc Levin followed four Long Island families who suddenly became ...
A House Call in Haiti
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Many years ago while working in a free clinic in Peoria, Illinois, I came to realize how a house call could teach much more about a patient than seeing the patient in the office. Office visits are artificial and don’t tell you near...
Romney the Possessed
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
A Mitt Romney presidency would greatly worsen America’s moral decline.  It is not about his money, but about his moral sense.  It is not about his worth, but his views on other people’s worthiness.  Not about his inheritance, but his attitude toward the disinherite...
Balancing on the Poor
TIMOTHY COLLINS
Shame on the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee for slashing food and nutrition programs in its version of the 2012 Farm Bill. According to The New York Times,  the House measure cuts $16.5 billion from the food stamp program,  part of $35 billio...
Some Outrageous Facts About Inequality
PAUL BUCHHEIT
Studying inequality in America reveals some facts that are truly hard to believe. Amidst all the absurdity a few stand out. 1. U.S. companies in total pay a smaller percentage of taxes than the lowest-income 20% of Americans. Total corporate profits for 2011...
Why Obama Must be Defeated
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Not Ralph Nader. Not Amy Goodman. Not Noam Chomsky. Not Chris Hedges. Not Cornel West. Not Alexander Cockburn. Not one of the great left critics in the United States have dared say what Harvard Law School Professor Roberto Unger said last week. “President Obama must be ...
American Disconnect
SAUL LANDAU
New York City’s wealth stands in stark contrast to the countless people begging on its streets. New York is different of course, but not for the 1% who live well across the country; the rest of the population less or far less well. That’s America in 2012, where...
The Real Retirement Crisis
ERIC LAURSEN
“The lifespan of any civilization can be measured by the respect and care that is given to its elderly citizens, and those societies which treat their elderly with contempt have the seeds of their own destruction within them.” ...
The Meaning of Occupy
PETER BOHMER
The Occupy movement in the United States is part of a global upsurge that began in Tunisia in late 2010, spread to Egypt and the Middle East, Wisconsin, Chile, Spain, Greece, Wall Street and the rest of the United States and now Quebec. I focus on the United States, parti...
No One Hears the Poor
KATHY KELLY
Kabul. Here in Kabul, Voices co-coordinator Buddy Bell and I are guests at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), where we’ve gotten to know four young boys who are being tutored by the Volunteers in the afternoons, having “retired” from the...
The Myth of Equal Rights
JACK RANDOM
The civil rights movement illuminated the hypocrisy of the liberal promise.  It made overt, and recorded on television for the world to see, an old daily fact of American life:  that a black person who protested his condition, or moved one step out of line, ...