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How Black Countries Developed White Countries

AFRICANGLOBE - Aid is effectively flowing in reverse. Rich countries aren’t developing poor countries; poor countries are developing rich ones. In 2012, the last year of recorded data, developing countries received a total of $1.3tn, including all aid, investment, and income from abroad. But that same year some $3.3tn flowed out of them. In other words, developing countries sent $2tn more to the rest of the world than they received. If we look at all years since 1980, these net outflows add up to an eye-popping total of $16.3tn – that’s how much money has been drained out of the global south over the past few decades.

Rich People Don’t Really Notice You—Or Your Problems – Study

AFRICANGLOBE - There’s a growing body of research showing how having money changes the way people see—or are oblivious to—others and their problems. The latest is a paper published in the journal Psychological Science in which psychologists at New York University show that wealthy people unconsciously pay less attention to passersby on the street.

Jamaica Records Increase In Poverty

AFRICANGLOBE - Poverty increased to one-fifth of the Jamaican population, according to the just-released Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions (JSLC) 2012. Interestingly, poverty increased in most urban areas but dropped in the majority of rural areas due mainly to increased earnings from agriculture.

Economic Growth Alone Can’t End Poverty – World Bank

AFRICANGLOBE - The World Bank has urged developing-world countries to fund social security programmes to lift the incomes of their poorest people, ending a reliance on growth to end poverty. In a report the bank said that while economic growth remains vital for reducing poverty, it has its limits.

George Will And Paul Ryan Are The Real ‘Poverty Pimps’

AFRICANGLOBE - George Will, columnist for The Washington Post, has instinctively moved to defend Paul Ryan's use of Lee Atwater's strategy of dog whistle politics and subtle racism to describe "inner city" black people as lazy and perhaps genetically inferior.

We Need to Restructure the Black Family’: Common

AFRICANGLOBE - Artist and actor Common joined the NOW panel Tuesday to discuss his latest film, “Luv”–a coming-of-age film set in Baltimore, which is due to hit theaters January 18th–as well as talk more generally about poverty and gun violence in America.

Africa: Rich Presidents Poor Nations

AFRICANGLOBE - Recently some presidents in Africa have featured in media headlines not for their heroic accomplishments as leaders but for robbing their nations and siphoning their ill-gotten gains to safe havens.

Is Poverty a Choice?

Being broke is a choice; poverty is not. What’s the difference? Being broke means finding yourself incapable to support your lifestyle, despite the fact that you...

Africa’s Mineral Wealth Hardly Denting Poverty Says World Bank

Strong economic growth in the past decade among African countries rich in oil and minerals has failed to make a significant dent on their...

Life Expectancy for the Poorest Americans Falling

According to a study conducted for the professional journal Health Affairs, life expectancy is falling for significant sections of the America's population, and in some cases...

Historians, Activists Debate the Role of Black Power Today

In the city where the first shots were fired in a bloody civil war that freed millions of enslaved Africans, historians, activists and ordinary...

Is Oil-Rich Angola a Development Success?

Ten years after the end of its civil war, Angola, which is heading to the polls Friday, has been transformed into a regional African power...

South Africa’s Coming Uprising

Eighteen years after Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa – an election covered around the world for its tangible evidence of the end...

Will Ghana’s Success Story Continue After John Atta Mills?

The death of President John Atta Mills has sparked not only an outpouring of grief in Ghana, but renewed doubts about December's parliamentary and...

Black Families Overrepresented Among U.S. Homeless

Report highlights the barriers to stable housing and wellbeing experienced by homeless and low-income Black families In 2010, one out of every 141 Black family...

Poverty Pains for Majority of American Children

As the news cycles turn to presidential politics and primary contests, there is another story our leaders should be talking a lot about—and acting...