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Inequality Grows in Large American Cities

As it often happens, lack of better living conditions in less urbanized areas results in massive migration to large cities, where most newcomers become victims of urban inequality. The growing income inequality in America has its greatest reflection in large cities, where the pressing income gap between rich and poor becomes more palpable and real. Inequality is such a deep problem that even Barack Obama labeled it as “the greatest challenge of our time”. The ...Read full article...

South Africans Protest for lack of Basic Services

The poorest in South Africa are vociferously protesting the lack or inadequacy of basic services such as clean water or electricity. More and more former black ghettos of the apartheid era and slums are being added to the list of places where people do not enjoy the minimum conditions. Residents have taken to the streets to demand a modicum of dignity after 20 years of so-called democracy. The civil ...Read full article...

Obama’s phony campaign against inequality

By Andre Damon WSW January 10, 2014 President Obama, announcing his so-called “economic promise zone” initiative in a White House speech on Thursday, gave a performance that expressed the cynical and contemptuous attitude of his administration and the entire ruling class to the plight of working people in America. The event was staged as part of the administration’s supposed campaign against inequality, whose entire substance, besides the “promise zones,” ...Read full article...

The Case of the Missing Economic Recovery

Have you seen the economic recovery?  I haven’t either.  But it is bound to be around here somewhere, because the National Bureau of Economic Research spotted it in June 2009, four and one-half years ago. It is a shy and reclusive recovery, like the “New Economy” and all those promised new economy jobs.  I haven’t seen them either, but we know they are here, somewhere, because the economists said ...Read full article...

Hunger in America

It’s hard giving thanks when you’re hungry. It’s harder living in the world’s richest country. It’s harder still knowing government officials don’t care. It’s hardest of all wondering how you’ll get by. More below on growing hunger and deprivation. It’s increasing in America at a time trillions of dollars go for warmaking, corporate handouts, and other benefits for rich elites. Giving thanks predated the republic. In 1621, Plymouth Pilgrims ...Read full article...

Obamacare to punish non-compliants with up to $4,000 a year

Those who refuse Obamacare will have the money taken from their bank accounts I will not comply with Obamacare. There. I said it. I am unequivocally not going to be complying with Obamacare. I also won’t be purchasing health insurance at 4 times the regular price, nor will I participate in the government-funded “exchange” for “affordable” healthcare. Now, first, let me be clear – this isn’t because I’d be ...Read full article...

Destroying Social America: Bipartisan Attack on Vital Social Safety Nets

t’s on the chopping block for elimination. Initiatives began decades ago. Republicans, Democrats and Obama are in lockstep. They’re waging war on vital safety net protections. In 1996, Clinton’s Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) became law. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) ended. Time limit harshness replaced it. Five years and out became policy. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) mandates it. States get diminishing ...Read full article...

How We Are Impoverished, Gentrified and Silenced – And What to Do About It

I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?”  “New system,” he replied, “I am no longer required simply to post the letters through the door. I have to approach every door in a certain ...Read full article...

Brazilians rapidly reaching worrisome indebtedness level

The Brazilian Household debt has reached a record in March since the Central Bank began measuring this index, says a report from the bank. In the first quarter of this year the debt reached 43.99%, which means that families owe financial institutions almost half of what they earn each year. In 2009, this rate was 18.39% and since then it has not stopped growing. Over 60% of families began ...Read full article...

Mass Poverty, Social Inequality and the Thirdworldization of America

Center for Economic and Policy Research co-director Dean Baker calls poverty America’s “new growth industry.” The state of today’s America is deplorable. In his latest May 3 analysis, economist John Williams said “April “employment and unemployment data were nonsense: the economy remains in serious trouble.” About 23% of Americans wanting work can’t find it. Most jobs are temp or part-time low pay/poor or no benefit service ones with no ...Read full article...
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