Census figures for 2009, to be released Thursday, will show that the poverty rate soared last year to nearly 15 percent. One out of every seven Americans is now living below the official poverty level, the highest proportion since the 1960s: here.
The number of people in the US who are mired in poverty is on track for a record increase, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that triggered Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Seventy-five days into the current fiscal year, the California legislature Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have failed to reach agreement on a budget, prompting the state to suspend billions of dollars in payments for critical social programs: here.
Greek trade unions led a mass street protest in Thessaloniki on Saturday against the nominally Socialist administration’s drive to sacrifice the national interest at the altar of EU-IMF economic dogma: here.
Anti-government protests in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki last weekend were met by a massive police response: here.