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Poverty-Precariousness
US mortgage crisis forces homeowners to take refuge in their cars
By : SUE ZEIDLER - Sunday March 25, 2007
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SUE ZEIDLER IN LOS ANGELES THEY are victims of the United States’ growing mortgage crisis - low-paid workers whose homes have been repossessed amid rising interest rates, a stagnant property market and a lax lending regime. But in Los Angeles, where having a car is as essential as owning a home, many are sleeping in their vehicles to ensure a roof over their head. Campaigners for the homeless expect more to hole up in their cars as they lose homes due to the problems that have (...)
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Millenium promise conference
By : tommy - Thursday November 9, 2006
In 2006, how to explain so much poverty around the world? Today, november 9th, a conference about poverty among children, the "Millenium promise conference", is opening in Montreal, Canada. Will be there, star actress Mia Farrow and former US President, Bill Clinton. It is strange indeed to see Clinton there, the man who cut welfare benefits when he was president. Maybe he is a new man now. It is difficult to explain why our political leaders with plenty of diplomas from top (...)
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MD GOP Candidate Recruits Homeless to Pass Out Deceptive Flyers
By : Justin Rood - Tuesday November 7, 2006
Misleading flyers were handed out at several Maryland polling places by men and women recruited by the GOP governor’s campaign from out-of-state homeless shelters, the Washington Post reports. The flyers, given to voters in a heavily Democratic area, showed GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Ehrlich as a Democrat: Erik Markle, one of the people handing out literature for Ehrlich, who is seeking reelection, and Steele, the current lieutenant governor who is campaigning to replace (...)
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Bush’s Poverty Talk Is Now All but Silent Aiding Poor Was Brief Priority After Katrina
By : Michael A. Fletcher - Monday July 24, 2006
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By Michael A. Fletcher Poverty forced its way to the top of President Bush’s agenda in the confusing days after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and flooded New Orleans. Confronted with one of the most pressing political crises of his presidency, Bush, who in the past had faced withering criticism for speaking little about the poor, said the nation has a solemn duty to help them. "All of us saw on television, there’s . . . some deep, persistent poverty in this (...)
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Iraq Veterans Facing Homelessness
By : wcbstv.com - Sunday June 25, 2006
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NEW YORK As a member of the National Guard, Nadine Beckford patrolled New York train stations after Sept. 11 with a 9mm pistol, then served a treacherous year in Iraq. Now, six months after returning, Beckford lives in a homeless shelter. "I’m just an ordinary person who served. I’m not embarrassed about my homelessness, because the circumstances that created it were not my fault," said Beckford, 30, who was a military-supply specialist at a base in Iraq that was a sitting (...)
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hope
By : justis suffram - Monday June 12, 2006
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view this video "World’s on Fire" by Sarah McLachlan http://www.worldonfire.ca/ think about it.
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CALL TO RESISTANCE!
By : Epo - Tuesday June 6, 2006
EUROPEAN COORDINATION AGAINST PRECARIOUSNESS: STRASBURG, JUNE 9th-10th-11th For decades, a fierce neo-liberal policy has done its work all over Europe. We - as well as the environment around us - endure, everyday, the effects of this alienating system. This logic finds expression in all-out industrialism, everlasting perpetuation of established elites and ideological formatting, relayed by mass-media, governments and omnipresent aggressive advertising. Economy has become the sole (...)
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CHAVEZ : “Socialism will help to find a solution to poverty and misery”
By : joelle - Tuesday May 16, 2006
http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/so... By National Radio of Venezuela Tuesday, 16 May 2006 The head of the Venezuelan State attended a mass rally where British people and the London Mayor Ken Livingstone showed their support for the Bolivarian Revolution and its leader, Hugo Chávez Frías. As planned, this Sunday May 14, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, addressed a mass rally at the Camden Centre, organised by the Mayor of London, Ken (...)
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Lies, Damn Lies and Poverty Statistics How an archaic measurement keeps millions of poor Americans
By : Harry - Thursday April 6, 2006
Lies, Damn Lies and Poverty Statistics How an archaic measurement keeps millions of poor Americans from being counted By Christopher Moraff http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/ma... Standing before the House rostrum on the night of January 31, President George W. Bush beamed as he recounted the state of the country’s economic health. “Our economy is healthy,” the president declared during his State of the Union address. “Americans should not fear our economic (...)
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IRAQ : Food Rations Hurt Poor
By : Johan - Sunday April 2, 2006
By Daud Salman in Baghdad (ICR No. 170, 29-Mar-06) March 31, 2006 A government decision to cut food rations has hurt poor Iraqis who cannot afford high prices on the open market, say economists and Baghdad residents. Despite rising poverty, the government has decided to cut the food ration budget from four to three billion US dollars in 2006, as the country shifts from a socialist to a free market economy. The Iraqi government has provided subsidies on basic food items such as flour and (...)
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VENEZUELA : Breaking Imperial Ties: Venezuela and ALBA By: Tim Anderson - Green Left Weekly
By : Joëlle - Sunday April 2, 2006
Monday, Mar 27, 2006 In late 2005, while war raged in the Middle East and oil prices rose drastically, governments and oil companies repeated the “market forces” mantra, saying there was nothing they could do about oil prices. However, the Venezuelan government-owned US-based petrol distribution company Citgo (with eight refineries and 14,000 petrol stations across the US) decided to discount up to 10% of its US sales, so that poor families in cold-weather US states could have (...)
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The Unspeakable Seperation of Wealth
By : ben frank - Wednesday March 15, 2006
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There are 44 New Billionaires in the US, bringing the total to 374 Americans with a Billion Dollars or more. There are 37 Million Americans living "below the poverty level". The official Poverty rate in the US has increased for the last for Consecutive Years as has the number of Billionaires. Almost 400 Billionaires, while there are still 750,000 homeless in the US, 250,000 of them Veterans... why won’t the politicians address this glaring atrocity? Forbes on the rising inequality: (...)
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Numbers up at U.S. soup kitchens, Second Harvest says
By : STEPHEN OHLEMACHER - Tuesday March 14, 2006
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BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER WASHINGTON - When Lisa Koch asked several people at a Chicago soup kitchen to complete a survey of the people who eat there, she got a surprising response: "They asked how long it would take because they had to get back to work after lunch." A national survey of people eating at soup kitchens, food banks and shelters found that 36 percent came from households in which at least one person had a job. In the Chicago area, it was 39 percent. "Even though the economy (...)
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Making America work for the working poor
By : John Edwards and John Wilhelm - Sunday February 19, 2006
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By John Edwards and John Wilhelm IT USED TO BE that poverty was invisible in America. When Michael Harrington published ’’The Other America" in 1960, he wrote about the unseen millions living in inner-city housing projects, in Appalachia, in rural America. The poor were stuck in isolated ghettos, dying towns, and industries that Harrington called the economic underworld of American life. As the rest of the country went to work and prospered, the poor were bypassed. Our nation (...)
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Migden bill raises health care ante for biggest state firms
By : Greg Lucas - Sunday February 5, 2006
SACRAMENTO Requires 8% payout for worker benefits, or Medi-Cal funding by Greg Lucas Sacramento — California’s largest employers would be required to prop up the state’s medical insurance program for the poor if they don’t offer their workers generous enough health benefits under a bill set for introduction in the Senate. Modeled after a law passed earlier this month in Maryland that only affected mega-retailer Wal-Mart, the California legislation would require (...)
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Super Bowl City on the Brink
By : Dave Zirin - Sunday February 5, 2006
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Seahawks vs. Steelers in Detroit will display football’s best teams and America’s worst social malaise: the glaring disparity in wealth. By Dave Zirin "A celebration of concentrated wealth." That’s what Washington Post sportswriter Tony Kornheiser called the National Football League’s two-week long pre-Super Bowl party binge. Every Super Bowl Sunday, corporate executives and politicians exchange besotted, sodden backslaps, amidst an atmosphere that would shame Jack (...)
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City of New Orleans plan to "Usufruct" Poor Citizens: Govt to take control of private homes
By : Scott Gold - Monday January 30, 2006
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NEW ORLEANS - Officials and community advocates are quietly planting the seeds for an enterprising program that could give the government temporary control over thousands of privately owned homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. An increasing number of Louisiana housing authorities believe the proposal, based on an arcane legal concept called "usufruct," could be a key to determining whether New Orleans will again be a seminal American city or whether it will stagnate with a population, like (...)
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Corrupt Congress: Virtually all of the $40 Billion in spending cuts affect the Poor and Young
By : USA Today - Saturday January 28, 2006
A new year brings new hope. And in this year it would be nice to see in Washington a new commitment to fiscal restraint and a resolve to bequeath a solvent government and robust economy to future generations. To listen to many Republican lawmakers, a move in that direction is underway. In the final hours before it wrapped up on Dec. 21, the Senate approved a five-year, $40 billion deficit reduction package. The measure, set to pass the House of Representatives early this year, would cut (...)
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Study Finds Rich-Poor Income Gap Growing
By : MARK JOHNSON - Friday January 27, 2006
By MARK JOHNSON The disparity between rich and poor is growing in America as the federal minimum wage has remained flat for years, union membership has declined and industries have faced global competition, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, both liberal-leaning think tanks, found the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of families nationally grew by an average of $2,660, or 19 percent, over the (...)
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Third World America
By : Ike in Kentucky - Sunday January 22, 2006
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I just happened to stumble upon this web site and I now feel compelled to write what I KNOW to be truth. I am an American. Born in the state of Kentucky and I have lived here all my life. I have been in 49 of the other states and during those travels I did see a similarity to my own beloved home of Kentucky. Those similarities are as follows.. Here in my state poverty is RAMPANT. There are no jobs of any decent calibur, only WalMart, McDonalds and the like. The majority of people can (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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