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Op-Ed: Detroit's controversial water shutoff reeks of 'too big to fail'

Detroit's deep financial woes have been public for years. Many of its residents are behind on their water bills, and the city has been controversially shutting off water to some delinquent residents. But are delinquent businesses getting a free ride?
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 2 comments

More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN

Tokyo - More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Venezuela moves to empty Tower of David skyscraper slum

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday began moving residents out of the Tower of David, a Caracas skyscraper so notorious as a haven for squatters and gangs it was depicted in the US TV series "Homeland.
In the Media by Patricia Clarembaux (AFP)

Eric Elliott's fight against poverty with code goes viral

In his words, Eric Elliott lost everything in 2008 and had to sell his house in 2009, resorting to couch surfing with friends. But by 2010, he had turned all of that around by entering one of the highest-paid industries of all right now: web development.
In the Media by James Walker

Desperate and alone, immigrant children to be housed in Dallas

Dallas - More than 1,000 unaccompanied children who crossed illegally into Texas earlier this month are on their way to shelters in Dallas, Texas.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Indiana GOP candidate: Nobody has guts to let poor wither and die

Valparaiso - A Republican candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives is defending a controversial Facebook comment about poor people in which he lamented that "no one has the guts to just let them wither and die."
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 13 comments

Boy tied to bus stop highlights struggle for disabled Indians

Mumbai - The nine-year-old boy dressed in blue lay listlessly on the pavement in the scorching Mumbai summer afternoon, his ankle tethered with rope to a bus stop, unheeded by pedestrians strolling past.
In the Media by Rachel O'Brien (AFP) - 1 comment

Homeless memorial honours lives lost in Edmonton Special

Edmonton - An estimated forty men and women died in Edmonton in 2013 as a direct or indirect result of not having adequate shelter.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman

Review: 'Falling Into Place': Hattie Kauffman's story of faith and hope

"Falling Into Place" is a memoir about how finding faith in a higher power and oneself can bring out inner strength and peace. Hattie Kauffman’s trials become lessons of perseverance and hope for all of us.
In the Media by Mindy Peterman - 1 comment

Nigeria eyes private funds to spark agriculture boom

Lagos - Can investors get rich by backing Nigerian agriculture?
In the Media by Ben Simon (AFP)

IMF no longer forces 'structural adjustment': Lagarde

Washington - The International Monetary Fund has changed and no longer imposes tough "structural adjustment" programs as it did in poor countries two decades ago, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Petition over Nike factory workers

Nike has been accused of selling the England team’s shirt for £90 ($150), while the workers in its factories in Indonesia are paid 30 pence (50 cents) per hour to produce the t-shirt.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Women of Philippine slum welcome birth control victory

Manila - Single mother Christina Bantasan clutched her baby in the shadows of a sprawling Philippine slum, wishing that a controversial birth control law had come earlier so she could have planned her future better.
In the Media by Mynardo Macaraig (AFP)

Philippine Supreme Court approves birth control law

Manila - The Philippines' highest court approved Tuesday a controversial birth control law that supporters said would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, despite bitter opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
In the Media by AFP

Drought worsens food crisis in poverty-stricken Haiti

Port-au-prince - The World Food Program sounded an alarm Friday over arid conditions in northwest Haiti that have worsened an already dire food shortage in this impoverished country.
In the Media by AFP

Booming demand for shea, African 'women's gold', reduces poverty

Abidjan - The fruit of the shea tree has long been considered sacred by many in Western Africa because of its myriad health benefits.
In the Media by Christophe Koffi (AFP)

Poor hit hardest by cuts in crisis-hit Europe

Athens - Welfare cuts ordered in the wake of Europe's economic crisis are hitting the poor disproportionately hard, with child poverty rising and people's health at risk, a leading Catholic charity warned on Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Paris man awarded 12,000 euros for renting 'broom closet'

Paris - A Paris court on Monday ordered nearly 12,000 euros ($16,500) in compensation to be paid to a man who rented a "broom closet" for 15 years.The court in Paris's 11th district said the owner of the tiny flat and its property manager had violated city byl...
In the Media by AFP

Programs to redistribute income good for growth: IMF

Washington - The International Monetary Fund came out Wednesday in support of the fight against income inequality, with Fund economists saying income redistribution efforts can strengthen economic growth.Plunging into a debate over the gap between rich and poor tha...
In the Media by AFP

Food bank feeding the poor in Scotland runs out of food

Glasgow - The largest food bank in Scotland, which exists to help feed the poverty stricken, has run out of food. The food bank in Glasgow has been cleaned out because the number of families asking for help has reached record levels.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 2 comments

Inequality, discrimination key obstacles to development: UN

New York - Inequality and discrimination, particularly towards women, are among the world's biggest obstacles to development, a UN report published Wednesday said.The study, which collected data from 176 countries, stressed that growing inequality may undermine p...
In the Media by AFP

Warming up with Canada's first ever hot chocolate festival

Well, the groundhog spotting its own shadow may be a bummer, as the furry forecaster predicts a long winter, but why not warm up with a cup of hot chocolate at participating vendors in this year's first ever national Hot Chocolate Festival?

Bill Gates predicts almost no poor countries by 2035

Bill Gates has predicted that by 2035 there will be virtually no poor countries in the world. According to information from the World Bank there are officially 35 poor countries in the world today where citizens live with low or no income.
In the Media by Mark Harradine - 6 comments

Rand Paul: 'There are always perceptions of what is extreme'

With The New York Times and NBC's "Meet The Press" seeking to tether him to his father's Libertarian positions, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) defended his cause and his father alike.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 10 comments

Op-Ed: Is the World Economic Forum working for regional economies?

The World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos concluded this weekend during a turbulent period in emerging markets and yielding questions on the impact the WEF is making globally.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Reality TV show sparks row over welfare dependency

London - The welfare system was the pride of post-war Britain, but the reaction to the incendiary reality television programme "Benefits Street" is showing how much times have changed.
In the Media by Alfons Luna (AFP)

Obama's 'promise zones' versus Senator Paul's 'freedom zones'

President Obama's "promise zones" very much resemble Senator Rand Paul's ideas on "economic freedom zones" the Republican introduced in Detroit in December. Is imitation flattery, as Paul insists?
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

France will not 'copy' British economic policies: PM

Paris - French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Thursday that his government will not copy British economic policies as they had created poverty and inequality.
In the Media by AFP

Ugandan orphanage struggles to cope with war, poverty, and HIV Special

Jinja - War, poverty, and HIV create hundreds of thousands of orphaned children in the small African nation. Digital Journal talks to Mutebe Moses, a native Ugandan, about efforts to cope with the mounting crisis.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King - 2 comments

Video: The chilling physical effects of poverty in 30 seconds

The stress of poverty can literally change our appearance. "Manos Unidas" (joined hands), a Catholic organization providing aid to Third World countries, has produced a campaign highlighting just how poverty can etch itself into our faces.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 10 comments
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