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Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions
With growing gaps between rich and poor, social scientists are researching the effects on the health of a society.
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What some of the richest people in America say about the poor when they think no one is listening

What some of the richest people in America say about the poor when they think no one is listening | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A Facebook page for tony Manhattan residents is a cesspool of racist vitriol and complaints about the homeless
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The dangerous paradox of neoliberal environmentalism: Why global warming can’t be solved by the free market”

The dangerous paradox of neoliberal environmentalism: Why global warming can’t be solved by the free market” | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Establishment Dems are trying to take climate action while still satisfying corporate interests. That won't work
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‘Ex-UK Tory chief in Somalia oil bribery’

‘Ex-UK Tory chief in Somalia oil bribery’ | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The UK’s former Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard, faces bribery allegations in connection with a British oil firm operating in Somalia.

A Somali government report, recently leaked to media, has raised new questions about bribery allegations surrounding Soma Oil and Gas which has been chaired by Howard.

The report criticized the British energy firm for paying Somali oil ministry staff salaries that “may indicate a conflict of interest,” RT said.

Also, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office raided Soma’s office in early August as part of a probe into corruption claims following a leaked UN report on the appropriateness of payments made to Somali officials. 

This latest document, viewed by the Wall Street Journal, also features the Somali government criticizing Soma for proposing an oil deal that would leave the country with “a fraction” of the revenue it deserves. 

UN investigators said the company has made USD 690,000 (630,000 euros) worth of payments, which were suspicious. They also alleged that at least USD 580,000, which had been paid since June 2014 as part of a "capacity building program," could have been paid to Somali government officials for corrupt purposes.

Howard, who was leader of the UK Conservative Party from 2003 to 2005, is now a member of the House of Lords.

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that would house 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent, motionless wind turbine.

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Fit to die? - UNITElive.org

Fit to die? - UNITElive.org | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The department for work and pensions’ (DWP) Work Capability Assessments aren’t fit for purpose and should be scrapped in their current form, Unite urged today as shock figures revealed over 4,000 people died within six weeks of declared ‘fit for work’ by private health professionals paid by the department.   The figures released by Iain Duncan …

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DWP staff given suicide guidance ahead of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms

DWP staff given suicide guidance ahead of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Frontline staff at the Department for Work and Pensions have been given guidance on how to deal with suicidal benefit claimants, it has been reported.

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No wonder Tories didn't want to reveal their 'fit for work' death toll

No wonder Tories didn't want to reveal their 'fit for work' death toll | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Sunday People guest columnist Terry Christian says the shocking figures only highlight the cruelty of Iain Duncan Smith's Work and Pensions department

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Actor Wendell Pierce on Katrina, Art as Activism, Challenging Confederate History, and New Orleans' Future.

Actor Wendell Pierce on Katrina, Art as Activism, Challenging Confederate History, and New Orleans' Future. | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Pierce starred in The Wire, Treme, Selma, and will portray Clarence Thomas in an upcoming HBO project His upcoming book The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken hits the shelves September 8, 2015 I spoke...
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What New Orleans Needs in the Next Post-Katrina Decade

What New Orleans Needs in the Next Post-Katrina Decade | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
As the nation remembers the destruction and devastation of Hurricane Katrina in light of the tragedy's 10th anniversary this weekend, we also should celebrate the indomitable resolve and resilience of New Orleans - and look to what's next for the...
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Subway Denies Getting Tipped About Jared Fogle Years Ago

Subway Denies Getting Tipped About Jared Fogle Years Ago | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Subway stuck to claims on Saturday that company executives never received warnings the sandwich chain's former spokesman Jared Fogle was a pedophile.
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The Globe of Economic Complexity: Visualize $15 Trillion of World Exports

The Globe of Economic Complexity: Visualize $15 Trillion of World Exports | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
One dot equals $100M of exports

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The Day the Banking Industry Died | Futurist Thomas Frey

The Day the Banking Industry Died | Futurist Thomas Frey | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

It was rather anticlimactic when it finally happened, but the front door simply failed to open. There was no “going out of business” sale, no press conferences, no people gathered around to claim what was theirs.


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Comeback of the century: The California sea otter's return from the brink of extinction

Comeback of the century: The California sea otter's return from the brink of extinction | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
How California sea otters came back from the brink of extinction to save their environment.

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Marco Rubio’s trickle-down nonsense: Tax cuts for the rich make sense because his father was a bartender!

Marco Rubio’s trickle-down nonsense: Tax cuts for the rich make sense because his father was a bartender! | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
His tax plan will make the rich richer and worsen inequality, but his dad was working-class so it's okay
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Tens Of Thousands Protest Malaysia's Prime Minister After Corruption Scandal - Huffington Post

Tens Of Thousands Protest Malaysia's Prime Minister After Corruption Scandal - Huffington Post | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in the capital Saturday to demand the resignation of embattled Prime...

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Richest 1% Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

Richest 1% Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016 | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

"The richest 1 percent are likely to control more than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening global inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world altogether own $1.9 trillion, the report found, nearly the same amount shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s income scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 percent of the population, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is also increasing. The type of inequality that currently characterizes the world’s economies is unlike anything seen in recent years, the report explained. 'Between 2002 and 2010 the total wealth of the poorest half of the world in current U.S. dollars had been increasing more or less at the same rate as that of billionaires,' it said. 'However since 2010, it has been decreasing over that time.' Winnie Byanyima, the charity’s executive director, noted in a statement that more than a billion people lived on less than $1.25 a day." | by Patricia Cohen

 


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Unions Plot Major Push After Landmark Labor Ruling

Unions Plot Major Push After Landmark Labor Ruling | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies' obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains.

On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law.

Business groups, arguing that the ruling could lead to higher costs and hurt the economy, are pushing the Republican-led Congress to overturn it, in part it because the company named in the decision - Browning-Ferris - cannot challenge it in a federal court without overcoming a number of procedural hurdles.

Unions see the decision as a breakthrough not just in efforts to help employees organizes at franchisees of McDonald's Corp and other chains but also as a tool to counter the proliferation of subcontracting in other industries in which workers are one or two steps removed from the companies indirectly controlling them.

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Housing of 'tent city' homeless group sparks awareness effort in Detroit

Housing of 'tent city' homeless group sparks awareness effort in Detroit | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
When the city was preparing for the auto show last year, officials took notice of a large group of homeless people who were spending winter in a cluster of tents near Downtown Detroit. The attention and funding that resulted allowed homeless outreach workers to move in, earn the trust of the group and get them into real homes.

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Wielding Political Influence From Your Pocket, Without The Money

Wielding Political Influence From Your Pocket, Without The Money | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

With 2 million emails sent to Congress, Countable hopes to turn American politics into an ongoing conversation led by impassioned citizens.


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Fiorina’s ‘facts’ on fossil fuels running on empty

Fiorina’s ‘facts’ on fossil fuels running on empty | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Carly Fiorina is considered the “thoughtful” candidate in this presidential burlesque show, though this is mostly because she speaks with the cadence of someone addressing a slow child.
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5 Post-Katrina Innovations New Orleans Can Brag About

5 Post-Katrina Innovations New Orleans Can Brag About | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The Green Project's paint-recycling program.
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Thousands Join Largest Protest Yet In Lebanon's Garbage Revolt

Thousands Join Largest Protest Yet In Lebanon's Garbage Revolt | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (AP) -- Thousands rallied in downtown Beirut Saturday in the largest anti-government protest yet over a summer garbage crisis, chanting "revolution, revolution" and setting a three-day ultimatum for authorities to respond to demands,...
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Greed Dies Hard in a Poisoned Land | BillMoyers.com

Greed Dies Hard in a Poisoned Land | BillMoyers.com | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
When Arizona Sen. John McCain met with the Navajo Nation’s tribal government earlier this month at their capital in Window Rock, Arizona, after arriving in a big black SUV, he believed he would be spending the day observing the commemoration of Code Talkers Day. This was not the case. A group of Navajo activists, incensed at the damage done to the Animas River by a toxic chemical spill from an abandoned mine, confronted the senator. Rather than address their concerns, McCain scuttled out a side door, dove into his SUV and sped down the road with the activists sprinting after him shouting, “Get off our land!”

Activists from the Navajo Nation are furious over the Animas River spill, and for good damn reason. The EPA, while attempting to evaluate the toxicity of the long-abandoned Gold King mine, inadvertently released three million gallons of hideously polluted water into the river, turning it a sickly orange color. The lead level of the released water was at least 12,000 times higher than normal, and also contained extremely high levels of beryllium, mercury, cadmium, iron, copper, zinc and arsenic. The people of the Navajo Nation rely on the river for drinking water, farming, livestock and medicine. It is a lifeline, and now it is dangerous to the touch.

The impact of the spill is not just being felt by the people of the Navajo Nation. That three million gallon orange slick of poison wended its way down the Animas River for some 300 miles until it arrived at and entered Lake Powell, a large reservoir that feeds into the Colorado River, and is a source of drinking water for many cities in the Southwest, including Las Vegas. The EPA and other government agencies are desperately deploying a “Be calm, all is well” argument, but a “team” has been formed to monitor the ongoing damage. Cold comfort indeed.
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Long-awaited deaths stats ‘do not tell the whole story’

Long-awaited deaths stats ‘do not tell the whole story’ | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The long-delayed release of government figures on the deaths of benefit claimants has added fuel to years of concerns about the impact of aggressive welfare reform on sick and disabled people.The D...

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Disabled woman loses all but one of 49 hours of ILF support

Disabled woman loses all but one of 49 hours of ILF support | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Gaping holes have been exposed in the government’s Independent Living Fund (ILF) promises, after a local authority slashed a disabled woman’s support by 48 hours a week when the fund closed.Daisy* ...

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