By John Chan, 17 September 2011
The burgeoning list of billionaires has put China ever closer to the United States as the largest home of the super-rich, even as China’s average per-capita income ranks just 94th in the world.
By Simon Walker, 21 July 2011
The rich are living sometimes eleven years longer than workers in the poorest areas of Britain.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 13 July 2011
The government in Berlin comes in for sharp criticism in a United Nations report on the social situation in Germany.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 June 2011
Record levels of greenhouse gas emission constitute a damning indictment of the capitalist system.
By Barry Mason, 10 June 2011
The international development charity Oxfam issued a report this month highlighting the growing global food crisis.
By Simon Walker, 7 June 2011
It was only weeks ago that the Sunday Times Rich List revealed how the international super-rich who reside in the UK have over the past two years fully restored their levels of wealth to pre-2008 levels.
By Nick Beams, 21 May 2011
In the midst of the Strauss-Kahn crisis, a World Bank report pointed to vast shifts underway in the structure of the world economy, which indicate that the conflict over the IMF leadership is just one of many to come.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 April 2011
Amid Shanghai’s commercial opulence, there is grinding poverty and deprivation on an even greater scale in this city of 20 million people.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 March 2011
Social discontent in Hong Kong has been fuelled by a sharp rise in home prices and rents, which have doubled in the last five years.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 March 2011
Protestors took to the streets in downtown Hong Kong on March 6 to oppose the government’s budget, which will further enrich the financial elite.
By Keith Jones, 9 December 2010
A study published last week shows that social inequality in Canada has now reached levels unseen since the 1920s, with the richest 1 percent of Canadians appropriating 13.8 percent of all market income.
By Barry Mason, 27 November 2010
A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report published this month warns that food price increases are “dangerously close” to crisis level.
By Richard Phillips, 28 September 2010
European Commissioner Laszlo Andor described 2010 as an “annus horribilis” for unemployment, but warned that “2011 may still turn out to be the annus horribilis for social cohesion”.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2010
The “poverty summit” that concluded at the United Nations Wednesday only underscored capitalism’s responsibility for conditions of desperate poverty and hunger which have deepened worldwide as a result of the global financial crisis.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 July 2010
A new report reveals that in the wake of the most serious economic crisis since the 1930s, European governments are continuing to cut corporate taxes while increasing the tax burden on the working population.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2010
On May 11, the Egyptian parliament approved a presidential decree extending the state of emergency for a further two-year period.
By Alex Messenger, 5 May 2010
The worldwide economic crisis has thrown tens of millions of workers—especially those in the youngest and oldest cohorts—into permanent unemployment
By David O’Sullivan and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Oxford East, 29 April 2010
The latest annual Sunday Times Rich List reveals a massive increase in the wealth of Britain’s super-rich.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 17 March 2010
The chief executives of the companies and banks listed in the German stock exchange index DAX pocketed millions in 2009 despite the economic crisis and a sharp slump in industrial production.
By Andre Damon, 12 March 2010
The world’s billionaires saw their wealth grow by 50 percent last year, and their ranks swell to 1,011, from 793, according to the latest Forbes list of billionaires.
By Barry Grey, 25 February 2010
With the eruption of the European sovereign debt crisis, a new category has emerged in the bourgeois press—“profligate countries.”
By Paul Bond, 6 February 2010
A report commissioned by the Labour government shows how its pro-business agenda during its 13 years in office has led to a dramatic increase in inequality.
By Julie Hyland, 15 December 2009
Earlier this month, a London Coroner’s Court heard that on June 13 this year, Christelle Pardo leapt from the sixth-floor balcony of her sister’s flat in Hackney, east London, holding her five-month-old son Kayjah in her arms.
By Barry Mason, 18 November 2009
The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation abandoned its hunger reduction targets in advance of the World Food Summit on Food Security that opened in Rome on November 16. Instead, it will now aim “to take action towards sustainably eradicating hunger at the earliest possible date.”
By James Brewer, 17 November 2009
The opening of the Food Summit in Rome revealed the indifference of major world leaders toward famine.
By James Brewer, 13 November 2009
There are currently 195 million children under the age of five in underdeveloped countries whose growth is stunted due to chronic malnutrition, according to a UN agency.
By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2009
A global poll by the British Broadcasting Corporation shows widespread disaffection with the capitalist free-market, including a significant opposition to capitalism per se.
By Tom Eley, 15 October 2009
More than 1 billion people will go hungry in 2009, two UN agencies reported on Wednesday, an increase of over 100 million people in one year.
By Jerry White, 18 September 2009
For the first time in history, more than one billion people, or nearly one in every 6 inhabitants of the planet, are going hungry this year.
By Joe Kishore, 20 June 2009
Humanity will achieve the dubious distinction this year of having more than 1 billion members of its species living in hunger for the first time in history.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2009
The International Labor Organization issued a report Wednesday predicting that the jobs crisis sweeping the globe may last for eight years and warning that sustained high levels of unemployment will unleash social and political unrest.
By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2009
Far from promoting equality in any meaningful sense, the government’s Equality Bill advocates identity politics as window dressing for the growth of class inequality under Labour’s rule.
By Andre Damon, 28 April 2009
As finance ministers meeting in Washington failed to adopt any new policies to confront the deepening world economic crisis, the head of the World Bank warned that it threatens to unleash “a human and developmental calamity.”
By Trevor Johnson, 2 April 2009
The IMF predicts the global economic crisis will have a huge and disproportionate impact on sub-Saharan Africa.
By Hiram Lee, 2 April 2009
The financial and economic crisis threatens to sharply increase the number of people suffering from hunger, despite a recent decline in food prices.
By Mike Head, 16 February 2009
Up to 53 million more people around the world could fall into poverty in 2009 as a result of the global economic slump, highlighting the worldwide character of the social catastrophe unleashed by the deepening crisis.
By Oliver Richards, 20 January 2009
A report by UNICEF finds that women living in the least developed countries of the world are 300 times more likely to die as a result of childbirth or pregnancy-related complications than women living in the developed countries.
Working class families feel brunt of housing crisis
By Samuel Davidson, 22 December 2008
The WSWS spoke to homeowners threatened with foreclosure at a recent meeting in Pittsburgh.
By Oliver Richards, 13 December 2008
The number of undernourished people in the world has increased from 923 million in 2007 to 963 million in 2008.
By Jerry White, 27 November 2008
The WSWS spoke to GM worker Kandy O’Neil, inviting her to respond to a New York Times column criticizing her for insisting that auto workers should not be forced to pay for the crisis in the industry.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 November 2008
At least 94 school children have been killed, and at least 150 more injured, as a result of last Friday’s collapse of a school in Petionville, Haiti. Rescue workers continued to search through the rubble for survivors on Monday.
By Julie Hyland, 25 October 2008
A row over relations between Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, Labour’s Peter Mandelson and Conservative Party shadow chancellor George Osborne has brought to light the intimate relations between Britain’s major parties and the global financial oligarchy.
By Barry Mason, 11 October 2008
Oxfam has reported that the number of Ethiopians needing emergency food assistance has jumped to 6.4 million from 4.6 million in June.
By Peter Reydt, 3 October 2008
More than 40 percent of children in the United Kingdom are living in poverty, according to the latest research. That is some 5.5 million children.
By Barry Mason, 25 September 2008
In August the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report, “Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health.”
The role of the Left Party
By Ulrich Rippert, 17 September 2008
The early appointment of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the SPD candidate for chancellor in next year’s federal elections, and the hurried change of party leader from Kurt Beck to Franz Müntefering, means the supporters of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder now have the party once again firmly in their grasp.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2008
At the end of May this year, employment minister Olaf Scholz (Social Democratic Party, SPD) presented the federal government’s report on poverty and wealth, based on data up to 2006. The report clearly documents the growth of poverty.
By Barry Mason, 10 September 2008
World Water Week, attended by around 2,500 scientists, government and civil society representatives from 140 countries, took place in Stockholm last month. It was held under the auspices of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
The party’s over
By Chris Marsden, 6 September 2008
The August 30 Guardian interview with Britain’s Chancellor Alistair Darling was extraordinary in many respects. In the first place there can be few occasions that so dramatically reveal the sense of profound crisis within ruling circles in Britain.
By David Walsh, 2 September 2008
The World Bank reported Tuesday that in 2005 an estimated 1.4 billion people in the so-called ‘developing world,’ one-fourth of its population, lived on less than $1.25 a day, the new official poverty line. This figure is 400 million more than the Bank’s 2004 estimate of 985 million. Another 1.2 billion people live on between $1.25 and $2 a day.
By Barry Mason, 3 July 2008
It is not unusual for Ethiopia and Somalia to be hit by drought and food shortages, but this year the rise in food costs makes an already disastrous situation worse.
By Alex Lantier, 10 June 2008
This is the third and concluding part of a series of articles on the world food crisis. Part one was posted June 7. Part two appeared on June 9.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 June 2008
The summit on soaring food prices, convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome last week, was dominated by fears of social unrest brought about by the rising price of food staples and a dramatic increase in the price of fuel.
By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2008
This is the second part of a three-part series of articles on the world food crisis. Part one was posted June 7. The third and concluding part will be posted June 10.
By Alex Lantier, 7 June 2008
This is the first part of a three-part series of articles on the world food crisis. Part two will be posted June 9.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2008
The unprecedented accumulation of wealth by a narrow financial elite under conditions of declining real incomes for the vast majority of the world’s population is creating mounting discontent and anger.
By Stefan Steinberg, 24 April 2008
A series of reports in the international media have drawn attention to the role of professional speculators and hedge funds in driving up the price of basic commodities—in particular, foodstuffs. The sharp increase in food prices in recent months has led to protests and riots in a number of countries across the globe.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2008
Last week’s meetings in Washington of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Group of Seven were convened in the shadow of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. While Wall Street’s turmoil and the deepening credit crunch dominated discussions, leaders of the global financial institutions were forced to take note of the growing global food emergency, warning of the threat of widespread hunger and already emerging political instability.
By Barry Mason, 31 January 2008
Nearly 10 million children under five died worldwide in 2006, according to a new report. That is a daily rate of 26,000 deaths.
By Naomi Spencer, 22 December 2007
Worldwide food prices have risen sharply and supplies have dropped this year, according to the latest food outlook of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The agency warned December 17 that the changes represent an “unforeseen and unprecedented” shift in the global food system, threatening billions with hunger and decreased access to food.
By D. Lencho, 23 November 2007
A jury in Los Angeles Superior Court has awarded close to $6 million to six workers in a lawsuit against corporate giants Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and Dow Chemical Co. The suit was filed in 2004 by 12 Central American men who worked at a Dole banana plantation in Nicaragua during the 1970s. The workers claimed they were made sterile by exposure to a Dow pesticide used by Dole.
By Alex Lantier, 12 July 2007
The 2007 World Wealth Report, released last month by European consulting firm Cap Gemini and Wall Street firm Merrill Lynch, documents the numerical and financial growth of “high net worth individuals” (HNWIs)—individuals with over $1 million in financial assets—over the past year. The report provides a picture not only of growing wealth among the richest layers of society, but also an increasing concentration of wealth at the very top.
By David Walsh, 10 March 2007
Forbes magazine released its annual list of billionaires Thursday. There are now nearly one thousand billionaires worldwide—946 to be exact, according to the magazine’s calculations—and their combined wealth in the past year grew by 35 percent to $3.5 trillion.
By Ann Talbot, 16 February 2007
The United States and Britain are the worst places in the major industrialised nations to be a child, according to a new report produced by Unicef. The organisation, which usually highlights the plight of child soldiers and children living in poverty in the so-called developing world, has turned the spotlight on 21 wealthy OECD countries. Its findings have exposed the appalling results of growing social inequality in both the UK and US. The report thoroughly refutes the claims of both governments to be reducing child poverty.
By David Walsh, 29 December 2006
The Financial Times, Britain’s leading financial newspaper, published a remarkable editorial December 27 entitled “Seasonal cheers for new philanthropists.”
By Joe Kay, 8 December 2006
A report released Tuesday by a United Nations group documents the staggering levels of global inequality in household wealth. The report gives a partial portrait of a world society characterized by extreme concentrations of wealth in the hands of the richest sections of the population, with the position of much of the remainder ranging from general economic insecurity to dire poverty.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 September 2006
According to the charity WaterAid “not a single additional person” has benefited from the promises the European Union made nearly five years ago regarding water and sanitation projects for the world’s poorest people.
By Barry Mason, 7 June 2006
Amongst the primary Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) proclaimed at the turn of the new century by the United Nations were the eradication of extreme poverty and a halving of the numbers suffering hunger across the globe by 2015.
By Ann Talbot, 24 February 2006
The Financial Times columnist Samuel Brittan, one of the first monetarist economists in Britain, has issued a warning that the United States cannot allow the gap between the pay of top executives and the rest of society to continue to grow on the present scale. He calls for redistributive taxation to redress the situation. 
By Peter Daniels, 16 September 2005
The latest Human Development Report issued by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) documents the growing inequality and absolute decline in living standards and social conditions in large areas of the world.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 15 June 2005
G8 finance ministers have proclaimed the June 11 debt relief package for some of the world’s poorest countries as an historic agreement. In reality, the deal confirms the folly of looking to the imperialist powers for a resolution to the suffering of the oppressed peoples of Africa, Asia and South America.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2005
A recent report focuses on how education affects the life chances of British children, compared with those in other countries. Researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Bristol University examined the extent of intergenerational mobility—where children from the most and least affluent families end up in the earnings or income distribution scale as adults.
By Simon Whelan, 9 May 2005
Business magazine Forbes introduced its yearly world rich list with the understatement, “The rich had a very good year.”
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 1 April 2005
At the beginning of March, the United Nations child welfare organisation UNICEF presented a new study showing a rise in child poverty in advanced capitalist countries. Child Poverty in Rich Countries 2005 was prepared for UNICEF by the Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy, and can be downloaded from http://www.unicef-icdc.org/publications/index.html.
By Barry Mason, 24 December 2004
One billion children are suffering from one or more forms of deprivation according to the latest UNICEF report.
By Jamie Chapman, 22 June 2004
As hundreds of millions around the globe struggle to survive on a dollar or two a day, the ranks of the rich and the ultra-rich continue to grow.
By Barry Mason, 18 May 2004
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund issued a report on April 16 that accepts the millennium development goals (MDGs) will not be achieved. The MDGs were established at the United Nations General Assembly summit in 2000. Their stated aim was to cut by half the number of people in the world’s poorest countries suffering poverty, hunger and ill-health.
By Jamie Chapman, 9 March 2004
While at least a billion people on the planet subsist on the equivalent of a dollar a day or less, the concentration of wealth among a handful of people at the top has set new records. In its current issue, Forbes magazine lists a record 587 individuals and family units worth $1 billion or more, an increase from 476 in 2003. The combined wealth of this year’s billionaires also reached record levels—a staggering $1.9 trillion, an increase of $500 billion in just one year, due largely to resurging stock prices over the last 12 months.
By Barry Mason, 25 February 2004
An Oxfam report, Trading Away Our Rights: Women working in global supply chains, highlights the plight of women working in garment and food production supplying goods to major Western retail companies.
By Simon Whelan, 17 February 2004
Late in 2003 the United Nations reported that one billion people—approximately one third of the world’s urban dwellers and a sixth of all humanity, live in slums. And it predicted that within 30 years that figure would have doubled to two billion—a third of the current world population.
By Barry Mason, 12 January 2004
Stark global inequalities in health are revealed in the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report. World Health Report 2003 highlights “the slowing of gains and the widening of health gaps.”
By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2003
Under the guise of reform, pensions are under attack in virtually every industrialised country in the world. As a result, millions of workers face appalling poverty and isolation in their last years and pensions are fast becoming one of the most bitterly contested political issues.
By Dietmar Henning, 12 September 2002
Differences in income in the developed industrial countries increased greatly between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s. This is the result of a study undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Europe (OECD). Those faring worst in the re-division of wealth were single parents and young people.
By Joanne Laurier, 30 August 2002
One of the most gruesome expressions of international social inequality is the trade in human organs and, more particularly, the murder and dismemberment of poor and defenseless people for their organs.
By Ben Nichols, 22 April 2002
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently released its report entitled The State of the World’s Children 2002, detailing the terrible predicament facing millions of children more than a decade after the organisation convened its World Summit for Children in 1990.
By Barry Mason, 18 April 2002
A report entitled “The Human Waste”, issued by the British charity Water Aid and Tearfund, a British relief and development agency, details the horrific consequences of poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 July 2001
Less than 15 percent of the world’s population over 65 years of age now receive any income in retirement, according to New Ideas about Old Age Security, a book published recently by the World Bank.
By Trevor Johnson, 16 June 2001
A recent report by the charity, Oxfam, contains figures showing how the richer more industrialised nations rig trade in their favour, at the expense of the poorest countries.
By James Conachy, 3 May 2001
May Day demonstrations around the world on Tuesday gave voice to growing discontent over poverty, unemployment and the impact of global capitalism on the lives of ordinary people. Alarmed at the rising tide of protest, many governments responded with police violence.
By Debra Watson, 17 January 2001
At the beginning of the new millenium the number of hungry people in the world stands at 830 million according to officials of the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations agency responsible for distributing food aid.
By Julie Hyland, 15 September 2000
The three-day United Nations Millennium Summit in New York, which brought together 189 world leaders, ended last Friday. The summit was ostensibly called to define the UN's role in the twenty first century.
By Margaret Rees, 7 July 2000
The United Nations recently released its Human Development Report 2000. Commenting in the introduction, “One of the 20th century's hallmark achievements was its progress in human rights,” the report proceeds on this contentious premise to make its assessment of major issues of global concern.
By Joseph Tanniru, 16 June 2000
A new report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) details the persistent effect of massive social inequality on the world's children. The report—the first in a series of “Report Cards” issued by UNICEF—examines child poverty in the world's richest nations.
Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, by Kevin Bales
By Peter Stackley, 9 September 1999
University of California Press, 1999, $24.95, ISBN 0-520217-97-7
By Vilani Peiris, 19 May 1999
According to a recent report released by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), nearly one billion of the world's population is entering the twenty-first century without even the basic literacy skill of signing their names. Relatively few can operate a computer or comprehend a simple application form. The report reveals that people without literacy skills usually live in extreme poverty and unhygienic conditions, compared to those who are literate.