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Inequality

The campaign for 'Footprint Justice' is gathering momentum with a call for UN member states to investigate the legal implications of enshrining a 'Fair Earthshare' as a human right. The following article explains the latest developments, by Jan Juffermans of The Dutch Footprint Group. We know from various...
The 1,000 richest people on the planet recouped their COVID-19 losses within just nine months, but it could take more than a decade for the world’s poorest to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, reveals the latest Oxfam report.  ‘The Inequality Virus’ is being published on the opening day of the...
Feeding the world's hungry and helping children in need were enormous tasks even before the pandemic. While the coronavirus has made those groups of people even more vulnerable, impoverished nations are often left at the mercy of wealthy countries for support.  David Beasley, executive director of the World Food...
The past year has seen one of the greatest transfers of wealth in history. Around the world, as more and more working-class people slip into debt, or are facing eviction, or have burned through their savings to stay afloat during the pandemic, the world’s ~3,000 billionaires are billions richer. By The Decolonial...
The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures to contain it have hit millions of people hard, with poverty set to increase sharply in almost every country for the first time in decades unless action is taken now, according to a new report by Oxfam. Hundreds of millions of people have lost their jobs and income, and...
Noël est le passé en train de mourir, mais Jésus  ne cesse de renaître chaque fois que vous faites  un acte de compassion au service d’autrui. Quand vous pleurez devant quelqu’un qui meurt  de faim, à ce moment même le Christ  se révèle en tant que père de votre cœur. * * * Quand nous sommes mécontents de nos...
Campaigners are calling for a right to food and a right to housing to be given legal backing in the UK for the first time, writes Liam Geraghty for the Big Issue. Human Rights Day offers a chance to ponder how many people really have access to the basic rights and freedoms that should belong to everyone. The...
A joint report by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Christian Aid asks a radical question: what would it look like if we had an econmomy based on human rights? Choosing between people or the economy has become a persistent theme in political debates as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic...
Land inequality is directly threatening 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people, according to a recent report. New calculations have discovered that disparities in rights and access to land are more than 40 per cent higher than previously thought. Just one per cent of the world’s largest farms currently operate...
The U.N. humanitarian office says needs for assistance have ballooned to unprecedented levels this year because of COVID-19, projecting that a staggering 235 million people will require help in 2021. This comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and global challenges including conflicts, forced migration...
« Après des décennies d’inaction politique, seule la bonne volonté planétaire des gens ordinaires a une chance de venir à bout de la pauvreté dans un monde d’abondance au travers de manifestations massives et incessantes dans tous les pays. Empruntons donc la voie de moindre résistance en exigeant tous ensemble la...
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many existing inequalities, and may worsen divergence among countries. While the poor have struggled to survive, the world’s billionaires have done “extremely well”, report Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury. The United Nations’ renamed World Social Report 2020 (WSR 2020)...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have now released a book version of the popular articles by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled ‘Studies on the Principle of Sharing’. The articles were originally published online at sharing.org over the course of 2011 to 2014, during the momentous revolutionary period that followed...
Contents: Editor’s preface The cry for justice Commercialisation: the antithesis of sharing Uniting the people of the world A discourse on beliefs, ideologies and ‘isms’ An enquiry into the meaning of sharing food Rise up America, rise up! Christmas, the system and I Endnotes A printed book version of...
In a forum discussion by The Great Transition Initiative, two panels debate the question: Should a UBI be a central element of strategies for transformation? The following is a contribution from STWR, titled: Toward Global Sharing.  Guy Standing's opener lays out a cogent case for a universal basic income (UBI)....