Search Results for "poverty" : 94

by / on May 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm / in Domestic

An Impoverished Debate

…fening silence concerning something that should be identified as a key national concern: the growing epidemic of poverty in America. Poverty has always been a complicated, challenging issue, but changing social and political attitudes towards poverty in the wake of the 1996 welfare reform compromise, coupled with the disruptions posed by the Great Recession, have converged to shut out talk of poverty from the national discourse. Figures released…

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by / on May 1, 2005 at 6:22 pm / in Africa, World

Africa’s New Union

…on the commitment of the leaders of a few powerful nations, like Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria (above). “Extreme poverty can be ended, not in the time of our grandchildren, but our time,” wrote Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia’s Earth Institute and Special Adviser to Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, in his new book, The End of Poverty. To turn his idealist rhetoric into reality, resolving the dozens of armed conflicts, improving…

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by / on December 1, 2002 at 2:53 pm / in Business, Congress, Cover Story, Domestic

Capitol Farce

…was a sign of the apocalypse come. The Urban Institute argued that the bill would send one million children into poverty. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services reports that child poverty rates are at their lowest level since 1979 and overall child poverty rates declined from 20.5 percent in 1996 to 16.1 percent in 2000. At present, welfare reform has defied everyone’s expectations. Why? That depends which side of the ideologi…

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by / on April 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm / in Domestic, Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion

Uncle Scam

…ch absurd recruitment tactics and techniques, we must first understand the backdrop for military recruitment—the Poverty Draft. To understand the Poverty Draft is to understand the plethora of wrongs with the foreign and domestic policies of the United States. The naysayers argue that the Poverty Draft does not exist and that every recruit has the choice to join or not to join the military. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Granted,…

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by / on January 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, Education

Ravitch, Khan, Bell, and Noguera on Education

…ols actually do pretty well to close this gap. But it is resilient in part because of out-of-school factors like poverty and inequality and in part because students spend several months every year out of school (where the continued investment of wealthier parents mimics “schooling,” helping the achievement gap return). Schools are often the villains in our story about poverty, inequality, and achievement gaps. But we must remember tha…

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by / on May 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm / in Africa, Cover Story, Current Issue

Burning Up and Burning Down – Tracing the Flames of Ethnic Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire and Burundi

by Once praised as West Africa’s “beacon of stability,” Côte d’Ivoire shocked the world when its bloody civil war erupted in 2002. The unrest ultimately killed over 1,000 people, according to Freedom House. What sparked this conflict and propagated the violence? I argue that the main cause of violence in the 2002 Ivorian Civil War was elites’ strategic manipulation of ethnic identity—specifically, the concepts of ivoirit é and nordiste…

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by / on March 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm / in Briefings

Briefing: The Moment of Energy Access

by Whether you care most about health or education, the poor climbing out of poverty or the creation of economic opportunity, the plight of women or the needs of children, climate change adaptation or natural resource preservation—whatever it is that floats your boat and represents your values—know this:  without improved energy, very few of these goals can be pursued. Examine each of the Millennium Development Goals, or the components…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:06 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Evolution and Revolution

by The age of the Arab dictator is over. The current wave of unrest sweeping the Middle East has deposed two dictators, spilt much blood and fundamentally shaken the status quo. Already, the movement that began with a few street demonstrations in Tunis has led to a regime change in Egypt and threatens to overthrow the monarchy in Bahrain, a military regime in Libya, a dictatorship in Yemen and many other governments throughout the regi…

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by / on November 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm / in Current Issue, Latin America, World

Digging With China

by O n May 18th, 1903, the United States signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty in Panama, winning the rights to build a canal across Panama to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Almost exactly 110 years later, on June 15th, 2013, Wang Jing, a Chinese billionaire, and Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, announced their plans to do the same in Nicaragua. That announcement went largely unacknowledged by most major world publicatio…

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by / on December 18, 2009 at 7:37 am / in Content, Domestic, Issue, New York

Invisible Notecards

…lished in August 2009 by the Robin Hood Foundation, fifty-five percent of babies born in this city are born into poverty and 1.9 million New Yorkers are currently living below the poverty line. In 2008, more than 90 percent of emergency food sites in New York experienced an increase in demand. 1.3 million New Yorkers now rely on emergency food. Last year, the New York metropolitan area experienced 15,000 home foreclosures, leaving a record 9,720…

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