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About 12.7 percent of Americans lived below the poverty line in 2016. StanislauV/shutterstock.com

Why the war on poverty in the US isn’t over, in 4 charts

A White House Council concluded that the war on poverty is "largely over." But, while poverty among seniors has declined, poverty among adults and children as changed little over the last 40 years.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo, on July 1, 2018. The leftist López Obrador won the election and is calling for reconciliation. (AP Photo/Anthony Vazquez)

Why Mexico’s historic elections may bring about big change

The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico could bring about stable change in a country marked by violence and social polarization.
Almost 1,500 immigrant boys, aged 10 to 17, were separated from their parents and brought to stay at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas. Department of Health and Human Services

Breaking up families? America looks like a Dickens novel

There are strong parallels between the Trump administration’s policy on immigrant families and the 19th century's 'New' Poor Laws of England, whose cruelty was illuminated by writer Charles Dickens.
Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama met French president Emmanuel Macron on May 22, 2018. He was officially given French citizenship soon after. Thibault Camus/AFP

Why economic migrants are heroes

What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s “Share the Pie” campaign posters are appearing at Canberra bus stops. Brotherhood of St Laurence/supplied

Politics Podcast: Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Conny Lenneberg on Newstart, poverty and inequality

Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Conny Lenneberg on Newstart, poverty and inequality
Executive Director of Brotherhood of St Laurence Conny Lenneberg spoke to The Conversation about the inequality created by the low level of Newstart, which hasn't been boosted for many years.

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