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Inequality

Please do not say you were not aware that the world produces enough food to feed all human beings on Earth, while nearly double the combined European Union’s population go to bed hungry… every single night. And please don’t pretend you did not know that 20% of all humans –those who live in the wealthiest countries–...
Over a quarter of a billion more people could crash into extreme levels of poverty in 2022 because of COVID-19, rising global inequality and the shock of food price rises supercharged by the war in Ukraine, reveals a new brief from Oxfam.  “First Crisis, Then Catastrophe”, published ahead of the World...
A growing number of billionaires is not a sign of success; it is a sign of the failure of the economic system we have created — particularly in the context of millions of people sliding into poverty. By Amitabh Behar for IPS news. It is no secret that economic inequality has risen exponentially in the last few...
The COVID-19 death toll has been four times higher in lower-income countries than in rich ones, according to a new report published by Oxfam on behalf of the People’s Vaccine Alliance as the world marks two years since the World Health Organization declared the pandemic.  While the pandemic has been devastating for...
Safety and security are at the base of the ‘hierarchy of needs’ pyramid, second in importance only to life’s absolute necessities—air, water, food and shelter, warns a new report. By Baher Kamal for IPS News. The report “Why we don’t feel safe,”elaborated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and released on 8...
Join eighteen organizations and key individuals working in the global justice sector across nineteen countries in ditching the word “aid” and replacing it with more accurate alternatives in our communications. By Health Poverty Action. Following a consultation to replace the damaging and neo-colonial  language of “...
Dozens of youth-led advocacy groups from around the world have published an open letter urging the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Switzerland to immediately end their opposition to a proposed patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines, which still remain out of reach for billions of people in poor...
Despite urgent calls to ensure the equal distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in 2021, pharmaceutical companies tragically failed to rise to the challenge of a once-in-a-century global health and human rights crisis.  Instead, they monopolized technology, blocked and lobbied against the sharing of intellectual property...
The UK currently lacks a legal mechanism for enforcing the right to food. British MPs and activists are fighting for this basic right to be enshrined into law - making the government legally responsible to help anyone who is going hungry. The ambition for a Right to Food builds upon the tireless work of many...
An analysis by the Center for Global Development (CGD) reports that the average Briton produced more carbon dioxide in the first two days of January than an average person from the Democratic Republic of Congo would in an entire year. This study shows that rich and poor countries have vast energy inequalities, with...
To end the pandemic, we need a transformative shift away from the short-termist and profit-captive model of global health governance. And Cuba is showing the way, writes Zackie Achmat. We have entered the age of pandemics. COVID-19 dominates the headlines, and rightly so; January has seen a record-high number of...
Ne moremo si resno zamisliti nove ekonomske paradigme za upravljanje skupnih zemeljskih virov brez poglobljenega razmisleka o potrebi po vsesvetovni psihološki in družbeni preobrazbi, s katero se bo zavedanje povprečnega človeka razširilo v smeri sprejemanja skupnega dobrega za celotno človeštvo. Avtor Mohammed...
If MLK lived today, he would not be celebrated for staunchly opposing wealth inequality and poverty, or for his Poor People's Campaign that demanded a better life for all Americans through nonviolent protest and mutual aid. By Holly Genovese for OpenDemocracy. As we mourn Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate his...
Just a fraction of the giant amount spent on the world's military - 2,000,000,000,000 US dollars - could meet the UN's major funding appeals for ending starvation and tackling the coronvirus pandemic, writes Baher Kamal for IPS news. While absolutely ready to kill, with the biggest military powers spending in 2020...
The coronavirus vaccine divide is costing lives and supercharging inequalities worldwide, a new report from Oxfam warns. The wealth of the 10 richest men has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, stoking inequality that contributes to the deaths of at least 21,300 people each day, according to a report released...