Tag Archives: Poverty and hunger

Exploitation is not the only cause of poverty and hunger, but it is important. The people that control the social system use their power to obtain income for themselves.  This leaves less, usually substantially less, for others, and those at the bottom typically face poverty and hunger.  The political system is directed towards benefiting the people in control, not exclusively the general public. The welfare of the people is not the most important consideration.  See How ordinary people in developing countries are harmed by the political-economic system.

US inequality, poverty, hunger 2019

Many renters who face eviction owe less than $600. Can Washington do something to help them? A growing number of politicians think so. Emily Badger New York Times December 12, 2019

Watch 4 decades of inequality drive American cities apart. The biggest metropolitan areas are now the most unequal. Emily Badger and Kevin Quealy New York Times December 2, 2019

Income inequality in America is the highest it has been since the Census started tracking it, data shows Taylor Telford Washington Post September 26, 2019

More Americans go without health coverage despite a strong economy, Census Bureau finds Amy Goldstein and Heather Long Washington Post September 10, 2019

Suffering in South Sudan: hunger, conflict, refugees, child soldiers

‘Life is miserable’: Even when there’s food in South Sudan, many can’t afford it Carolyn Thompson Washington Post November 18, 2018

Photo: Thousand children in South Sudan have routinely been kidnapped and then forced to fight…#southsudan pic.twitter.com/BZdhQSQwuR  –Nino Fezza (@nfcinereporter) November 18, 2018

Photo: A displaced family from near the front lines that has been living in front of a Sana school since August. Credit: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

War causing famine in Yemen

Your tax dollars help starve children Nicholas Kristof New York Times December 9, 2018

How the war in Yemen became a bloody stalemate—and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world Robert F. Worth New York Times November 5, 2018

Photo: A displaced family from near the front lines that has been living in front of a Sana school since August. Credit: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Bowl of bean stew.

Cause of death: not enough money to buy food

“If people go hungry, it is often because food is unaffordable: our world is riddled with disparities in the cost of basic nourishment.”  The World Food Program illustrates this important and neglected fact In its recent publication: Counting the Beans: The True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World. People starve in the midst of food–they just don’t have enough money to buy it.   In the United States most of us are accustomed to not spending very much of our income on food.  In developing countries,  the cost is higher, and very much higher in countries experiencing conflict,

To compare countries around the world, the WFP took a simple meal–a 600 calorie bean stew–and calculated how much of people’s average daily income it would take to buy the meal.

New York 0.6%

El Salvador 5.5%

Egypt 4.4%

India 4.5% Continue reading

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