Pope Francis endorses wealth redistribution, calls for an end to tax cuts for the 'richest people'
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Pope Francis blasted the practice of tax cuts for the rich as part of a "structure of sin" and lamented the fact that "billions of dollars" end up in "tax haven accounts" instead of funding "healthcare and education." | Speaking at the seminar set up by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences the Pope criticized "the richest people" for receiving "repeated tax cuts" in the name of "investment and development." These "tax haven accounts" impede "the possibility of the dignified and sustained development of all social agents," claims the Pope. | He added that "the poor increase around us" as poverty is rising…
Pope Francis and World Leaders Call for Inclusive Economy
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-02-06
Pope Francis addressed a small group of Finance Ministers, the head of the IMF and noted economists urging the creation of new global debt and tax policies that can reduce inequality and end poverty.
Social inequality main issue in the Irish general election
wsws.org | 2020-02-06
The Irish general election takes place under conditions of immense instability and uncertainty, with workers looking for a political alternative.
A Brutal Attack on Justice and Civil Liberties in Imran Khan's Pakistan
Ayesha Khan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-06
When Imran Khan became Prime Minister of Pakistan he vowed to eradicate inequality. As an opposition leader he campaigned on the slogan, Do nahin, aik Pakistan (Not two but one Pakistan) and his party, Tehreek Insaaf, which translates as "The Party of Justice," promised justice for all. Yet the very idea of justice has been turned on its head…
Republicans Have Weakened Congress in Order to Protect Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-06
In the United States, money is synonymous with merit. There is a presumption at the core of capitalism's narrative that if you are wealthy, you earned it through virtue and "hard work," not theft or nepotism. This mythology helped fuel the deregulation that led to the financial crisis, and it is also part of President Trump's rise. Trump's wealth earned him prestige in the eyes of millions, who in turn handed him the power of the presidency. And Trump's wealth and power has now led Congress to declare him ab…
The US Is 'in Denial' About Levels of Poverty: Ocasio-Cortez
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-05
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) testified Wednesday before her House committee about the United States government's intentional denial to acknowledge how many U.S. citizens are living in poverty. | RELATED: | 500M People Worldwide Struggle to Find Adequate Work: Study | AOC joined several anti-poverty campaigners in testifying at a hearing on the effects of U.S. President Donald Trump's policies on child poverty, hunger, homelessness, and healthcare. | She called on the…
'America in a State of Denial About the Level of Poverty in This Country,' Says Ocasio-Cortez
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-05
Calling on her fellow lawmakers to pass legislation she put forward last year to fully recognize poverty in the U.S. and work to eradicate it, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez testified before her own House committee Wednesday about the U.S. government's willful failure to understand how many Americans are living in poverty. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12028253271.jpg …
'Spectre of poverty' hangs over tribes and indigenous groups: UN labour agency
news.un.org | 2020-02-03
Indigenous and tribal communities are around three times more likely to face extreme poverty than others with women "consistently at the bottom of all social and economic indicators", UN labour experts said on Monday.
Marinette, WI: Workers at Aurora Medical Center Bay Area stand up to union busting
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-02
Marinette, WI – 300 workers at Aurora Medical Center Bay Area in Marinette, Wisconsin are fighting back against management's attacks on their right to organize. These attacks include using the expiration of their contract to cease dues check-off, offering poverty wages, and consistently extending bargaining by conveying misleading and inaccurate information to workers. These tactics are a vicious attack on working people and our ability to provide for our families. | AFSCME Local 3305 represents medical and professional support staff at the hospital, which was purchased by Aurora Health Care Inc. in 2019. Aurora…
Wealthy Gulf States Plan to Spend Big to Coax Syria Away from Iran
Agha Hussain | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-31
In the first of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates efforts by wealthy Gulf Arab countries to ply post-war Syria away from Iran by investing heavily in its reconstruction.
Anti-Trump-themed 'Immigrant Food' restaurant owned by lobbyists for right-wing Latin American coup leaders who fueled migration crisis
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-30
The shocking story of how wealthy Latin American regime-change hitmen exploited immigrant rights, international food, and a pliant DC media…