Poverty

November 30, 2008
Hunger and food insecurity is on the increase in the U.S. as families face ultimatums: to pay for food or rent, food or medicine. In 2006, 42 percent of households chose between food and utilities, 35 percent between food and housing, and 32 percent between food and health care.
August 1, 2005
The Second People’s Health Assembly (PHA) was held in Cuenca, Ecuador from July 17-22 2005, attracting about 1,300 people from 80 countries around the world. Its aim was to analyze global health problems and to develop strategies to promote “Health for All.”
February 1, 2005
On February 7, 2005, President Bush sent a nearly $2.6 trillion federal budget to the Congress. “It's budget that sets priorities,” Bush said after meeting his Cabinet. “It's a budget that reduces and eliminates redundancy. It's a budget that's a lean budget.”
February 1, 2005
There is no “Ground Zero” in Banda Aceh – no single point which can be defined as the epicenter of disaster. A tremendous wave leveled entire neighborhoods to the ground. Closer to the coast, what remains of the city has a striking resemblance to the old black and white photographs of Hiroshima after the devastating nuclear explosion.
December 1, 2004
There is a hidden epidemic in the United States. All over this country it is striking Americans of every age group and ethnicity, whether they live in cities or rural areas. And so, despite the diversity of targets, those suffering in this silent epidemic have two things in common: they are poor or low-income, and they are increasingly going without enough food. Although politicians talk about “poverty in America,” decision-makers avoid specifically mentioning the growing, and often deadly problem of hunger.
October 1, 2004
As the United States heads towards elections on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, the world is watching. The election outcome will not only have an impact on America, but will reverberate across the globe. This fact sheet documents the outcome of the Bush administration’s policies on Americans with the hope that it will provide voters with information and help them make an informed choice on November 2, 2004.
February 1, 2002
As I write this, as many as 7.5 million Afghans are facing starvation this winter. An estimated fifty thousand tons of food a month is needed to feed them. Meanwhile, the U.S. war against Afghanistan's Taliban regime continues to interfere with relief efforts. Every day the war goes on increases the risk of humanitarian disaster.

For a startling number of seniors in the United States, aging is marked by intensified physical deprivation, insecurity, isolation and humiliation. Approximately 9 million Americans live below the poverty level, and of this group, seniors constitute nine percent.

In the summer of 2005, the world rocked to Live Aid concerts and the Make Poverty History Movement celebrated developed countries’ fresh commitments towards the International Development Goals (IDG), development assistance, and debt cancellation at the G8 summit in Gleanagles. Some three thousands miles south of this euphoria, a nation witnessed thousands of its children die of hunger. This was summer 2005 in Niger, the poorest country in the world.

Rapidly changing conditions of the working classes in China, and their struggles in response to the new circumstances, have enormous implications for people everywhere. Chinese workers, peasants and migrants, together with elements of the “new middle class,” make up one-fifth of the population of the world. The transformation in their circumstances, and the choices that they make over the next few years, will not only have an impact in China, but will be felt far beyond its borders.