Category: Poverty

Kevin Ovenden: Battle Lines Drawn in Athens

A report from the streets of Athens on the mood as the country prepares for Sunday’s referendum on austerity

Petros Diveris: On Europe, the euro, Democracy and the drachma

I witnessed the loss of it all. The family house, dad’s shop, everything

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George Monbiot: Curb Your Malthusiasm

The media’s campaign of vilification associates social security with disgrace, and proposes even more humiliation, exhortation, intrusion, bullying and sanctions

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Bill Fletcher: Neoliberalism Has Created New System of Dual Citizenship for the Poor and the 1%

The neo-liberal nightmare is not in a distant future; it is here, and only getting worse

Reed Jordan: Income and race concentration in public schools

In 2013, for the first time, over half of public school students were low-income—and this poverty growth spurt shows little sign of abating

Maya Schenwar: Too Many People in Jail? Abolish Bail

We are incarcerating people for being poor, at great cost to actual human lives

Alex Doherty: Super Sad Neoliberal Self

A review of Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

William Boardman: American Spring in Chicago

Since 2011, the arrogant and ineffective mayor Rahm Emanuel, catered to his rich folks base (with “the actions of a mad king”). And he has treated the majority of Chicagoans with destructive disdain, whether he’s closing their schools, attacking teachers and other public employees, or ignoring police brutality and killing.

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Bill Berkowitz: Criminalizing Poverty: A Toxic and Growing Phenomenon

The Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri’s criminal justice system pointed out that African Americans were specifically targeted, seen “less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.”

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Badri Raina: I Give You the Bullet Train

Are you a farmer with noose in hand, About to end your endless pain, Consider a patriotic move—Go under the bullet train

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