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Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

New Study: Top 1% of Earners Will Have More Wealth Than Bottom 99% By 2016

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On Monday, January 19, Oxfam – a respected anti-poverty organization based in Britain – released a report that immediately grabbed the attention of major media outlets. The report’s most alarming claim was a prediction that by 2016, the accumulated wealth of the world’s richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99%. The report was the culmination of a five-year study on global wealth inequality. The share of wealth owned by the top 1% rose from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, which is

President Obama Is Proposing A Plan to Make Community College Free for All Americans

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In a video uploaded to the White House’s official Facebook page on Thursday (January 8), President Obama gave a sneak peak into his upcoming State of the Union speech from aboard Air Force One. The video focused on a bold new plan by the President to make two years of community college free to any American who is interested. “Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing

Pope Selects 20 New Cardinals from Underdeveloped and Previously Unrepresented Countries Around the World

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Pope Francis has been a busy man recently. In just the last few months, the leader of the global Catholic Church has… played an important role in the recent improvement in U.S.-Cuban relations, called out his own Vatican Curia for being plagued by a “Power-Hungry” bureaucracy, used a Christmas speech to bring attention to those suffering around the world and to chastise those enjoying the holidays while ignoring the plight of the less fortunate,  and has been working on an edict urging Catholics to take a stand

The Rise of Suburban Poverty (Infographic)

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Poverty is often seen as an urban problem – something that happens much more often in the city than in the suburbs. So you might be surprised to find out that since the year 2000, suburban poverty has increased by a whopping 139% while urban poverty is only up 50%. Today, more people live in poverty in the suburbs than in urban areas. Check out the infographic below, courtesy of Best MSW Programs, to learn more (click to view full size):

Nicaraguan Farmers Turn to Tarantulas As A Cash Crop Amid Historic Drought

Nicaragua is Central America’s poorest country. Many Nicaraguans farm for a living, relying upon crops like coffee, corn, beans and sugarcane to make money. But this past summer, the northern part of Nicaragua was hit by one of the worst droughts in recent memory. The drought ravaged the country’s crops, which in turn led to rapid increases in the prices of staple foods. The situation got so bad at one point that the Nicaraguan government began to encourage its poorest citizens to capture, breed

Tanzanian Government Accused of Selling Maasai Land to Turn It Into Hunting Reserve

The Maasai people are one of Africa’s oldest indigenous ethnic groups. Originally from the lower Nile valley, the Maasai people began migrating south during the 15th century, finally settling in what is now Kenya and central Tanzania during the 17th and 18th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, Maasai lands began to shrink as a result of British colonization in the region. In 1911, a British treaty shrank Maasai land by 60% – the Maasai living in these areas were evicted to make

Will Disagreements Over Immigration Push Britain Out of the European Union?

Over the past few years, immigration to the UK has risen sharply. Many unskilled laborers from EU member states are migrating to the UK in search of employment. The UK’s extensive benefits system, which includes welfare payments and national insurance accommodations, is also a big draw for migrant workers. Many native British citizens are worried about how the massive influx of migrants will effect the amount of jobs available to locals. The increased financial burdens of accommodating these migrants prompted British Prime Minister David

These 20-Year-Olds Started A Free Mobile Laundry Service for the Homeless

Homelessness is extremely difficult, to say the least. Besides having to battle the elements every day and constantly wondering where your next meal will come from, the homeless tend to have a very difficult time maintaining personal hygiene. So earlier this summer, two young men from Brisbane, Australia came up with an ingenious idea to help improve hygiene for the homeless: a free mobile laundry service. 20-year olds Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, the founders of Orange Sky Laundry, had three goals in

Perspective: 50,000 People Once Lived In 0.0102 Sq. Miles In China (Pictures)

No that’s not a typo. The Kowloon Walled City was a collection of 300+ interconnected high-rise buildings constructed without the guidance of a single architect or engineer. The city was also ungoverned by any health or safety standards. The Walled City was initially built as a Chinese military fort but became an enclave in 1898 while China was under British occupation. The population of the city ballooned after the Japanese took control of Hong Kong during World War II. The

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