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Inequality

If MLK lived today, he would not be celebrated for staunchly opposing wealth inequality and poverty, or for his Poor People's Campaign that demanded a better life for all Americans through nonviolent protest and mutual aid. By Holly Genovese for OpenDemocracy. As we mourn Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate his...
Just a fraction of the giant amount spent on the world's military - 2,000,000,000,000 US dollars - could meet the UN's major funding appeals for ending starvation and tackling the coronvirus pandemic, writes Baher Kamal for IPS news. While absolutely ready to kill, with the biggest military powers spending in 2020...
The coronavirus vaccine divide is costing lives and supercharging inequalities worldwide, a new report from Oxfam warns. The wealth of the 10 richest men has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, stoking inequality that contributes to the deaths of at least 21,300 people each day, according to a report released...
This is the new world order revealed at its most selfish and morally defective: countries trapped in a geopolitics that puts military and economic sanctions before food for the hungry, writes Gordon Brown. How can it be that, in these first weeks of 2022, the world is allowing millions of Afghan children to face ...
STWR have published a book of the classic text by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled ‘The Sharing Economy: Inaugurating an Age of the Heart’. While the enthusiasm for business-oriented sharing platforms has diminished over recent years, this book explores how the moral and political cause for sharing still retains the...
Sharing doses alone is not enough, we also need to share the vaccine technology to end the coronavirus pandemic. But only people’s organising is going to make leaders take that bold action in 2022, writes Ben Phillips for IPS news. As the Omicron surge overwhelms the world, it is clear to people everywhere that the...
New research shows that global protests are rising and have much in common - asking for no more than established human rights. By Walden Bello and Isabel Ortiz for IPS News. In recent years, the world has been shaken by protests. From the Arab Spring to the social uprisings in Chile and Latin America, the world has...
New evidence compiled by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage. The organizations also reveal that already before the pandemic more than half a billion people were pushed or further pushed...
A total of 274 million people worldwide will need emergency aid and protection in 2022, a 17 per cent increase compared with this year, the UN has reported.  The amount is equivalent to “the world’s fourth most populous country”, Martin Griffiths, UN Humanitarian Affairs chief said at the launch of the 2022 Global...
Until we can ensure equal availability of vaccines worldwide, the coronavirus will remain in charge. Critical health technologies must be considered part of a global commons, write Mariana Mazzucato and Jayati Ghosh. Despite multiple technological breakthroughs in the fight to control COVID-19, twice as many people...
Global inequality is as marked as it was in the early 20th century pinnacle of western imperialism after the capture by the super-rich of an increasing share of the world’s income, a new report has shown. By Larry Elliott for The Guardian. A study by a group of economists including Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez...
With continuing hypocrisy and obstructionism by governments of major countries at global climate talks, humanity’s best hope lies in the social movements of the most marginalized, writes Basav Sen for FPIF. The UN climate talks (Conference of the Parties, or COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, concluded in mid-November...
If we do not want COVID-19 to continue exacerbating the colonial world order, we need change - starting with an intellectual property waiver, says Fatima Hassan for Al Jazeera. At each stage of their response, hopes for collaboration have been junked. Western nations have hoarded – and even binned – vaccines rather...
The carbon footprints of the richest 1 per cent of people on Earth are set to be 30 times greater than the level compatible with the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement in 2030, according to new research. It comes as delegates grapple with how to keep this goal alive at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. In 2015,...
Civil society organisations and movements have launched a landmark manifesto calling for a renewed approach to public services, such as education, energy, food, health and care services, housing, social security, telecommunications, transportation, waste collection and disposal, and water and sanitation, to address...