In This Room is a personal look at how one Chicago family, forced by diminished economic opportunities into living in a homeless shelter, is navigating through this turmoil.
The Jamaican Government on Thursday undertook to do what Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller described as “correcting a historical wrong”. Delivering the keynote address at the contract-signing ceremony for the relocation of 486 current and former sugar workers, Simpson Miller declared that the time had come to redress the squalor and deplorable conditions these Jamaicans [...]
Out of the 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, nearly half of them—22—are considered middle-income countries based on the per capita income of their citizenry—a number that grows with each year as the African continent continues to be the fastest growing region in the world. Granted, the standard set by the World Bank for “middle income” [...]
There were nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty in 2011, under an alternative measure released by the Census Bureau Wednesday. That’s 16.1 percent of the nation, higher than the official poverty rate of 15 percent that was released in September and showed 46.6 million people living in poverty. Neither the supplemental nor the official [...]
The Turks and Caicos Islands plans to resume deporting Haitians who were in the British Caribbean territory illegally before their country’s devastating earthquake, the government announced Thursday. Immigration authorities in the island chain just north of Haiti consulted with officials in Britain and decided the temporary suspension of deportations was no longer warranted, the government [...]
The level of poverty in the United States has likely risen to levels not seen since President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated the War on Poverty in the 1960′s, according to an investigation by the Associated Press. While the presidential candidates spend nearly all their time talking about the plight of the middle class, it is [...]
Benite Joseph is one of many people in Haiti who lives below the poverty line and whose family is unable to eat every day. Benite lives with her four children aged between nine years and 16 months under a tarpaulin perched on a very small ledge about 400 metres above the main road in Fonds-Verettes, [...]
Black youth in South Africa are performing abysmally in schools across the nation, a remnant of the brutal apartheid system that severely limited the aspirations and opportunities of generations of South African blacks, according to a recent report by the country’s National Policy Commission. Despite national spending on education of 5 percent, an amount that [...]