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Inequality

The “inequality pandemic” calls for a new social contract, but it will not happen unless millions around the world mobilise to make it a reality, write Imani Countess and William Minter for The US–Africa Bridge Building Project. The COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and deepened structural inequalities around the...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have released a revised second edition of the book by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled 'Heralding Article 25: A people's strategy for world transformation'. Mesbahi argues that meeting the basic needs outlined in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights—concerning...
Poor countries are paying more for the doses that remain after rich countries have had their fill. It is perhaps the worst display of national selfishness in modern history, writes Nanjala Nyabola for the Nation. In March 2021, Kenya announced its plan to vaccinate its 48 million residents against Covid-19. The...
Wealthy countries - including the UK - are blocking proposals to help developing nations increase their vaccine manufacturing capabilities, documents leaked to BBC Newsnight show. Several poorer countries have asked the World Health Organization to help them. But richer nations are pushing back on...
As the UN commemorates World Water Day, Volkan Bozkir - President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly - highlights the moral failure of providing this most basic need to all. Water is integral to sustainable development, but we are well behind on the goals and targets that we have set...
Si tu verses ne serait-ce qu’une larme de compassion pour ton semblable, la vie louera éternellement ton cœur plein d’amour auprès de toutes les étoiles qui brillent au firmament. * * *   Les nombreux commentaires des experts analystes sur l’effondrement du système financier, ne nous éclairent guère sur ce qui...
Lettre à un activiste américain  Qu’est-ce qui a fait sombrer les Etats-Unis d’Amérique dans le chaos et la confusion où ils se trouvent aujourd’hui ? Comment ce pays fondé sur les idéaux de liberté, de justice et de démocratie a-t-il pu se fourvoyer peu à peu au point de flétrir ses nobles valeurs ?  Faut-il...
The climate crisis is set to bear the same hallmarks of inequality, whereby the world’s poorest are expected to suffer most. This is why just transitions are such an integral part of climate action, writes Elaine Burke. The past year has seen the world in crisis. It has also seen the world in cooperation against a...
The new U.S. administration should begin with an honest accounting of the abundance so unequally hoarded in the nation's coffers, followed by a plan to share it more fairly. By Rev Dr Liz Theoharis for TomDispatch. 2020 will go down as the deadliest year in American history, significantly due to the devastation...
Every year, US$88.6 billion leaves Africa in the form of illicit capital flight according to the 2020 report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), entitled Tackling Illicit Financial Flows for Sustainable Development in Africa. Africa is affected more than all other continents, making it...
As billionaire wealth soars during the pandemic, we may have seen the greatest ever single-year redistribution of wealth to the already wealthy. Influencers worldwide need to be sounding the alarm, writes Sam Pizzigati for CounterPunch. Remember that old joke they used to tell — and maybe still do — in luxury...
The campaign for 'Footprint Justice' is gathering momentum with a call for UN member states to investigate the legal implications of enshrining a 'Fair Earth Share' as a human right. The following article explains the latest developments, by Jan Juffermans of the Dutch Platform Fair and Green Economy. We know from...
The 1,000 richest people on the planet recouped their COVID-19 losses within just nine months, but it could take more than a decade for the world’s poorest to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, reveals the latest Oxfam report.  ‘The Inequality Virus’ is being published on the opening day of the...
Feeding the world's hungry and helping children in need were enormous tasks even before the pandemic. While the coronavirus has made those groups of people even more vulnerable, impoverished nations are often left at the mercy of wealthy countries for support.  David Beasley, executive director of the World Food...
The past year has seen one of the greatest transfers of wealth in history. Around the world, as more and more working-class people slip into debt, or are facing eviction, or have burned through their savings to stay afloat during the pandemic, the world’s ~3,000 billionaires are billions richer. By The Decolonial...