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 Wary looks: Ntombekhaya Sobuza and little sister Asanele outside their shack constructed  from packaging materials from a Volkswagen plant, on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. JAMES OATWAY/PANOS 

Poverty is not down to chance or bad choices. It’s hard wired into a deeply unequal economic system. But it doesn’t have to...

President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, a critic of Western influence over his country, meets with US President John F Kennedy. There may have been smiles all around but Nkrumah’s cards were marked. ABBIE ROWE/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Poverty between – and within – nations doesn’t just exist. It is created and needs constant maintenance. 

Illustration by Pete Reynolds

In an era of planet-wide ecological breakdown, the conventional wisdom of the growth model is crashing to an end. ...

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According to Bill Gates, Steven Pinker and the like, the world has never been better and global poverty is shrinking....

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Sporting mega-events purport to boost civic pride and economic growth. But their true legacy is one of rampant...

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On the eve of yet another World Economic Forum, Zubair Sayed looks at how people are mobilizing to find...

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Violeta Santos Moura reports from Poland, where reliance on coal kills some 45,000 people each year.

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Norwegian activists are challenging ‘white-saviour’ attitudes that over-simplify poverty writes ...

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The impacts of racism can be seen in almost all aspects of everyday life.

A community school in Baranca Honda, Puebla state, Mexico. Photo: Tamara Pearson

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Tamara Pearson explains why the poor are not taken seriously on creative stages.

Brazilian favelas

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Favela dwellers speak to Vanessa Baird about police violence and creative resistance.


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With house prices and rents soaring, can there be a remedy to homelessness? Wayne Ellwood investigates.

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Everything you need to know about homelessness, from this month's magazine.

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Tax havens, transnational companies and climate change: the world keeps exploiting Africa. Matthew Bramall...

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When rich and poor worlds collide, money is inevitably a problem.

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For International Day of Democracy, Iris Gonzales offers snap shots of the country's corruption, poverty and...


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