Monthly Archives: January 2018

A woman rides a scooter walks through a low income neighborhood that is surrounded by upscale developments on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Credit: Sam Tarling /Oxfam

Oxfam study: Richest 1 percent bagged 82 percent of wealth created last year

Oxfam January 22, 2018
Eighty two percent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth, according to a new Oxfam report released today. The report is being launched as political and business elites gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Reward Work, Not Wealth’ reveals how the global economy enables a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people are struggling to survive on poverty pay. Continue reading

A Chinese empire reborn


A new NYT article  looks at the role of military power, oppression of its citizens, and use of power against others in the rise of  Chinese power.

A Chinese empire reborn.  The Communist Party’s emerging empire is more the result of force than a gravitational pull of Chinese ideas.  Edward Wong New York Times January 5, 2018

Other NYT articles look at recent examples of oppression in China:

With Xi’s power grab, China joins new era of strongmen Stephen Lee Meyers New York Times February 26, 2018

What it’s like to live in a surveillance state  James A. Milward New York Times February 3, 2018

Apple allowing the Chinese government to access I phone user data stored in Apple servers in China;

Chinese authorities seizing a  Hong Kong based publisher from a Chinese train and the detention of  a Chinese rights lawyer after posting a pro-democracy appeal.

Caption: Homeless person begging on Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove Illinois. The photographer talked to the young man and his homelessness was the result of a a loss of a job and the loss of his roommate. Credit: Hajee

The U.S. can no longer hide from its deep poverty problem

Excellent reports on extreme poverty in the United States.  Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, made a tour of the United States.  His task was to understand if extreme poverty in the U.S. undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens  His statement is here.

Secondly Angus Deaton’s opinion article in the New York Times provided additional context.

Caption:  Homeless person begging on Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove Illinois.  The photographer talked to the young man and his homelessness was the result of a a loss of a job and the loss of his roommate. Credit: Hajee

 

 

 

In memoriam 2018: Those who opposed oppression, injustice

How Save The Children Is coping after attack that killed 4 staffers In Afghanistan Sasha Ingber NPR  January 25, 2018

Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. King’s strategist and a Harlem leader, dies at 88 Fernanda Santos New York Times January 23, 2018

Hugh Masekela, trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 78 Giovanni Russonello New York Times January 23, 2018

Paul Booth, labor leader and antiwar activist, dies at 74 Harrison Smith Washington Post January 19, 2018

Valery Chalidze, Soviet dissident who founded human rights group with Andrei Sakharov, dies at 79 Matt Schudel Washington Post January 11, 2018

Aharon Appelfeld, Holocaust survivor who chronicled its traumas, dies at 85  Harrison Smith Washington Post January 4, 2018

Also see In memoriam 2017: Those who opposed oppression, injustice