United States

Judy Vargas, 28, with her son Isaac, 5, lives in a trailer with her three children, her grandmother, and at times other relatives in Gardendale, a colonia near Cotulla, Tex. Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/New York Times

Poverty endures in a Texas colonia

by Nicole Bengiveno New York Times June 29, 2014

GARDENDALE, Tex. — From the window of her tin-roofed trailer, Judy Vargas can glimpse a miraculous world. It is as close as the dust kicked up by the trucks barreling by but seems as distant as Mars....

Boom meets bust in Texas: Atop a sea of oil, poverty digs in

by Manny Fernandez and Clifford Krauss New York Times June 29, 2014

GARDENDALE, Tex. — From the window of her tin-roofed trailer, Judy Vargas can glimpse a miraculous world. It is as close as the dust kicked up by the trucks barreling by but seems as distant as Mars....

The places they’ll go: Nuns working on the margins

by Catherine O'Connell-Cahill US Catholic June 25, 2014

It takes nerves of steel to stand in your doorway and tell rebel soldiers waving guns that no, the woman they are seeking is most certainly not in the room behind you, when in fact she is hiding a few feet away, under your bed. But that’s what Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe did. - See more at: ...

Cities are passing higher minimum wages – and leaving the suburbs further behind

by Emily Badger Washington Post June 10, 2014

Last week, Seattle's city council voted to raise the local minimum wage to an unprecedented $15 an hour, more than twice the federal wage threshold and well above the next most generous cities in America. That rate, which will be phased in over seven years for the smallest businesses, currently tops...

Here’s why the gender wage gap hasn’t budged in a decade

by Ylan Mui Washington Post March 17, 2014

The problem is not that women’s earnings aren’t keeping pace with men’s. In fact, over the past decade, men’s wages have fallen. The problem is that women’s wages haven’t grown much....

New IRIN film: Bangui’s ghettos

by IRIN News March 13, 2014

The capital of the Central African Republic is usually home to more than 130,000 Muslims, integrated with the rest of the population. Now, fewer than 1,000 remain in the city, the rest having fled amid a veritable pogrom carried out in reprisal for atrocities committed by an alliance of mainly Musli...

Worker on the Nissan truck assembly line.  Photo: Nissan/Washington Post

This is what a job in the US’s new manufacturing industry looks like—half the pay, working for a temp agency, no sick days, but still it’s a...

by Lydia DePillis Washington Post March 9, 2014

SMYRNA, TENN. — Chris Young's pain is in his wrists. It started about a year ago — at first a numbness, and then sharp pains, all the way up to his elbow. He'd injured the left wrist in a long-ago motorcycle accident, but it didn't act up again until he spent months moving heavy pieces of metal,...

Obesity rate for young children plummets 43 percent in a decade

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times February 25, 2014

Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke....

Spending on violence in the United States

by Daniel Hyslop Economists for Peace and Security February 19, 2014

Some ten months after a US presidential campaign dominated by economic issues, it was notable that neither candidate nor pundit shed any serious light on the potential economic benefits of a less violent and more peaceful United States. ...

Industry analysts say the institutional share of US farmland ownership is rising quickly. Photo: Bigstock

Half of US farmland being eyed by private equity

by Carey L Biron Inter Press Service February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 2014 (IPS) - An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire, even as new evidence indicates this land is being strongly pursued by private equity investors....