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Black Children’s Lives Short and Cheap in U.S.

Poverty is closer to the norm in the United States than most Americans realize. “More than half of Americans earn $26,000 a year – barely above the poverty level of $22,000 a year.” Yet the U.S. spends 50 percent more per person on health care than Europe, with deplorable results, especially for Black children.

Commentary: Newt Gingrich and the Politics of Racial Resentment

got my first job when I was 12. The deacons at my church paid me $2 a week to keep it swept and mopped. So I do not need Newt Gingrich to lecture me about a good work ethic. In this, I suspect I speak for the vast majority of 39 million African Americans. There has been a lot of talk about whether Gingrich’s recent language, including his performance at last week's South Carolina debate and his earlier declaration that Barack Obama has been America's best "food-stamp president," amounts to a coded appeal to racist sensitivities. The answer is simple: yes.

Poverty in America: The Subject Presidential Candidates Would Prefer to Ignore

U.S. decline in the world is no longer just a trend, but a fact. Cold statistics tell us that our young people “will never experience the prosperity we, their parents, did.” Yet, amidst growing misery, the American electoral process is flush with cash. “GOP candidates spent $12.5 million on television ads in Iowa alone, and Obama is raising a $1 billion war chest to fight the election.” Rich people’s money buys silence on poverty.

U.S. Census: One Third Of U.S. Population Now In Poverty

AFRICANGLOBE - One hundred million US residents—one third of the US population—live in households with perilously low incomes, according to a recent report from the US Census Bureau. The shocking figures were derived from the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), an alternate measure of poverty and income that was released in November.

Millions Face Starvation Across Africa As Land Grab by Foreigners Intensifies

A report released recently by Oxfam says that poor people, particularly in Africa, are hardest hit by a new wave of land deals. The competition is intensifying, driving millions of people into the abyss of poverty.

Growing Economic Powers Reinvigorate South-South Co-Operation

The benefits of south-south co-operation (developing countries sharing resources) are appearing in a fresh light. Emerging economies, notably China and India, are grabbing headlines as growing financial powers that are substantially increasing their investments in Africa and Asia.

Zambia Aspires to Be Among the World's Top Economies

Zambia's Finance and National Planning Minister Situmebeko Musokotwane has said Zambia will continue to aspire to be among the best economies in the world saying the recent reclassification by the World Bank as a middle income nation was indicative of the Government's commitment to implement workable policies.

Unicef Chief Arrives in East Africa to Boost Response to Crisis

The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) arrived in Kenya today to help strengthen the response by UN agencies and partners to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa that is affecting millions of people.

Africas Economic Star Set to Shine Brighter

Africa's economic future looks bright, although environmental and political problems will continue to cloud that forecast in the coming years, frustrating efforts at reducing poverty and ending inequality, experts have said.

"Arab Spring" Could Lead to African Drought

Stressing that there is only so much money to go around, development experts worry that the aid package the Group of Eight (G8) has announced for North Africa may mean fewer funds for the Black Africa.

Africans Want Investment, not Charity

The report argues that many developed countries have heavily subsidised their farmers and dumped food in the South through international supply chains in the form of food aid.

Afro-optimism 'must become action'

African countries should now focus on converting optimism in the continent's future into action, business and government leaders said during the closing session of...