Global Inequality

World Bank admits 85 percent of world’s population has no retirement income

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.

Oxfam report says "rigged trade" is widening gap between rich and poor countries

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.

Governments resort to police violence against international May Day protests

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.

UN agency reports more than 800 million hungry worldwide

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.

United Nations meets in crisis at Millennium Summit

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.

UN world report documents widespread poverty, illiteracy and disease

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.

UN report examines high levels of child poverty in the richest countries

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.

Slavery in the modern era

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

UNICEF report cites declining levels of education and literacy world-wide

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.