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Poverty and hunger

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing people in fragile states towards catastrophe, with hunger levels rising dramatically and famine looming in several countries, an in-depth report by the Disasters Emergency Committee’s coalition of leading UK aid agencies.  The report finds that the pandemic has worsened the already...
Lettre à un activiste américain  Qu’est-ce qui a fait sombrer les Etats-Unis d’Amérique dans le chaos et la confusion où ils se trouvent aujourd’hui ? Comment ce pays fondé sur les idéaux de liberté, de justice et de démocratie a-t-il pu se fourvoyer peu à peu au point de flétrir ses nobles valeurs ?  Faut-il...
The new U.S. administration should begin with an honest accounting of the abundance so unequally hoarded in the nation's coffers, followed by a plan to share it more fairly. By Rev Dr Liz Theoharis for TomDispatch. 2020 will go down as the deadliest year in American history, significantly due to the devastation...
Focus on loss of life – and urgently trying to prevent it – rather than whether a famine has been declared, writes Daniel Maxwell et al for The New Humanitarian. The “f-word” has been on the tongues of leading humanitarians a lot lately, with famine found “likely” to be occurring in one area of South Sudan, and –...
Every year, US$88.6 billion leaves Africa in the form of illicit capital flight according to the 2020 report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), entitled Tackling Illicit Financial Flows for Sustainable Development in Africa. Africa is affected more than all other continents, making it...
As billionaire wealth soars during the pandemic, we may have seen the greatest ever single-year redistribution of wealth to the already wealthy. Influencers worldwide need to be sounding the alarm, writes Sam Pizzigati for CounterPunch. Remember that old joke they used to tell — and maybe still do — in luxury...
The campaign for 'Footprint Justice' is gathering momentum with a call for UN member states to investigate the legal implications of enshrining a 'Fair Earth Share' as a human right. The following article explains the latest developments, by Jan Juffermans of the Dutch Platform Fair and Green Economy. We know from...
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 world faces a "catastrophic moral failure" because of unequal Covid vaccine policies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get injections before vulnerable people in poorer states...
Accelerating biodiversity loss, climate change and over-consumption are swiftly pushing human societies toward a “ghastly future” of growing hunger, political division and societal breakdown, say leading scientists. Despite years of warnings, the threats are underestimated and not broadly understood, and efforts to...
Billionaires whose wealth has soared during the coronavirus pandemic should stump up to provide emergency aid to the record numbers of people facing starvation, the head of a US charity supporting the World Food Programme has said. The pandemic and ensuing economic crisis have contributed to a sharp rise in the...
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...
Lost among the jubilation of vaccine rollouts in rich countries is an uncomfortable reality: The world's poorest countries will have to wait months and possibly years to see any doses at all. The U.S., Canada, Britain and the European Union have pre-ordered enough Covid-19 shots to inoculate their populations several...
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...