Poverty

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Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures There is nothing she would rather do than teach. But after supplementing her career with tutoring and proofreading, the university lecturer decided to go to remarkable lengths to make her

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty

How is it possible that a country responsible for impressive gains in healthcare and nutrition finds itself with nearly half its older citizens living in relative poverty? Earlier this year, an international team of scientists published in the Lancet, marked the first time average lifespans for men or women anywhere in the world have exceeded

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Is the world really better than ever?

The long read: The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good and only our pessimism is holding us back By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was highly likely to

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Indonesia's four richest men worth as much as poorest 100 million

Oxfam warns that inequality personified by clove cigarette tycoons Budi and Michael Hartono will damage the nations economy The four richest men in Indonesia own as much wealth as the countrys poorest 100 million citizens, despite the nations president repeatedly pledging to fighting dangerous levels of inequality.. Oxfam on Thursday highlighted Indonesia as one of

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World Bank renews drive against inequality

Report says faster growth and more anti-inequality measures would be needed to meet goal of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting pay The World Bank has called for a fresh drive to tackle inequality after warning that the gap between rich and poor risks thwarting its annual meeting with the IMF in Washington DC this week,