By Robert Stevens, 28 August 2014
The country is sharply polarised between a tiny minority who control much of the country’s wealth and monopolise political life, and the vast majority who have little control over either.
By Steve Light, 22 August 2014
A 33-story luxury building under construction will have a separate back entrance for those who live in its “affordable” apartments.
By Jake Dean, 22 August 2014
New reports continue to expose worsening economic conditions for millions.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 May 2014
In a series of articles over the past several days, and in a major editorial published on Monday, the Financial Times has launched a scurrilous attack on Thomas Piketty and his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
While wages, jobs stagnate
By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2014
The median worker would have to work 257 years to earn as much as the typical top 500 CEO made in 2013 alone.
By Ed Hightower, 5 March 2014
The number of billionaires worldwide increased by 268, the largest such increase ever, with a combined net worth of $6.4 trillion.
By Dietmar Henning, 1 February 2014
Record luxury cars sales reflect the super-rich’s stranglehold on the global population.
By Peter Symonds, 24 January 2014
Abe likened the current friction between Japan and China to the rivalry between Britain and Germany on the eve of World War I.
By Andre Damon, 23 January 2014
The 44th annual World Economic Forum began Wednesday, bringing over 2,000 corporate executives, major investors, government leaders, central bankers and celebrities to the Swiss Alpine resort.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 21 January 2014
On the eve of the annual spectacle of parasitic wealth and power that is the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Oxfam charity has issued a report warning of the unprecedented growth of social inequality throughout the world.
By Mike Head, 21 January 2014
The ILO noted the glaring disparity between the recovery on global financial markets and the worsening situation facing workers.
By Julie Hyland, 9 November 2013
The discovery of “Maria” was the occasion for a hysterical campaign over alleged Roma child-trafficking.
By John Watanabe, 3 October 2013
The staggering growth in the worth of these ultra-wealthy individuals testifies to the widening social gulf between rich and poor.
By Stefan Steinberg, 17 September 2013
A report released last week warns that nearly a third of the European population faces the threat of poverty.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 July 2013
An International Criminal Tribunal judge alleges that the US and Israel have moved for the release Croatian and Serbian officers accused of war crimes.
By Robert Stevens, 6 June 2013
A total of 18,000 people in the UK now earn £1 million. Two year ago, 10,000 individuals earned more than £1 million, and in 1999-2000, only 4,000 people did so.
By Jake Dean, 1 June 2013
A new report by Save the Children, Food for Thought, highlights the extraordinary impact that malnutrition has upon a child’s cognitive development.
By Julien Kiemle, 30 May 2013
The ultra-wealthy, banks and corporations have some $32 trillion of wealth hidden in off-shore tax havens, according to a leaked cache of information.
By Andre Damon, 24 May 2013
As social services are slashed allegedly because there is “no money,” Apple, the most profitable company in history, has avoided paying taxes on over $70 billion in income.
By Bryan Dyne, 26 February 2013
Lack of sewerage treatment contributes to contamination problems for the majority of the world’s population.
By Kristina Betinis, 1 February 2013
The global financial crisis has taken a heavier toll on the basic conditions of girls and women when compared to the world’s population as a whole.
By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2013
The world’s 100 richest people increased their wealth by $241 billion in 2012.
By John Braddock, 25 October 2012
Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.
By John Braddock, 7 August 2012
The wealthiest New Zealanders have not suffered from the austerity drive being imposed on the working class.
By Paul Stuart, 27 July 2012
The Royal Dock complex, adjacent to London’s financial district at Canary Wharf, is hosting up to one hundred super yachts, including twenty of the world’s most opulent, as the Olympic Games begin.
By Ernst Wolff, 26 July 2012
The super-rich are currently hiding away between $21 trillion and $32 trillion in tax havens such as Switzerland or the Cayman Islands.
By Andre Damon, 28 June 2012
As governments throughout the world close schools, lay off workers and slash support to the poor, old and sick, the financial oligarchy that rules the world increases its wealth and power.
By John Clayton and Paul Bond, 23 February 2012
A comment on the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of English novelist Charles Dickens.
By Kate Randall, 17 February 2012
Save the Children warns that half a billion children around the world could grow up physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years due to chronic malnutrition.
By Ben McGrath, 7 February 2012
Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Progress Report is a cynical public relations exercise designed to whitewash the company’s image.
By Nick Beams, 28 January 2012
A new factor has entered the scene—the re-emergence of the international working class as exemplified in the Egyptian revolution and the ongoing social struggles around the world.
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.