• BBC : what would you do if you had all the money in the world?

    The power of money:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25469075 

     

    This land was made for mostly me: Bruce McCall's take on the 1%

    2 January 2014 Last updated at 00:45 GMT

    If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?

    Artist and author Bruce McCall take this question to the extreme in his book "This Land was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me)".

    Along with talk-show host David Letterman, McCall painted a world where a billionaire could cut down the Redwood forest to create a private tunnel or move the top of Mt Everest to a New York penthouse to use as a party venue.

    He told the BBC the jumping-off point for the book was how some in the 1% use money today to build "monuments to their own egos".

    Produced by Ashley Semler and Peter Murtaugh

    Picture This is a series of video features published every Thursday on the BBC News website which illustrate interviews with authors about their new books.

     

    Money, money, money by ABBA

    (I couldn't do otherwise)

     

    Which leads us  to an excellent documentary, part of a series  of eight called "Why Poverty?", produced by European channels.

    Park Avenue: money, power and the American dream - Why Poverty?

     

    How much inequality is too much? To find out more and get teaching resources linked to the film, go to www.whypoverty.net

    740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US -- the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill.

    Director Alex Gibney
    Producer Blair Foster
    Produced by Jigsaw Productions & Steps International

    Why Poverty? http://www.whypoverty.net/en/video/29/

     Give us the money : Bob  Geldof and Bono
    Documentary which looks at 30 years of Bob Geldof and Bono's campaign against poverty.

    AN ANIMATED HISTORY OF POVERTY

    Poor people through the ages, beginning in Neolithic times and up to the present.

     

    The New York Times, January 5th 2014

    Does the US need another war on poverty ?

    In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced his “war on poverty,” when the national poverty rate was 19 percent. His project created Medicare, Medicaid, a permanent food stamp program, Head Start, Volunteers in Service to America and the Job Corps.

    Fifty years later, much has changed, but much remains the same — the national poverty rate still hovers around 15 percent. Does America need another war on poverty?

     

    http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/01/05/does-the-us-need-another-war-on-poverty

    The Atlantic

    How Poverty Undermines American Democracy

    50 years after Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, tens of millions of second-class Americans are still legally or effectively disenfranchised.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/01/how-poverty-undermines-american-democracy/282809/

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