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
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
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