THE Obama administration has devoted countless campaigns and speeches, and political muscle to the issue of income inequality, but the gap between the very rich and everyone else continues to grow.
In his latest State of the Union address last week, United States President Barack Obama noted that "today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged".
IT SHOULD have been a proud moment for China. On Jan 20, Beijing announced that its rich-poor gap had narrowed last year to the lowest level in a decade.
On top of this, farmers' incomes were growing faster those of city-dwellers, while the relatively undeveloped central and western areas of the country were catching up with prosperous eastern regions, senior official Ma Jiantang disclosed at a press briefing on China's 2013 economic performance.
LONDON - No continent is better equipped or more experienced at fighting inequality and poverty than Europe. The Europeans came up with the cradle-to-grave welfare system designed to transfer resources from rich to poor. The continent is also unique in operating a system of massive transfers of cash from wealthy states to their poorer neighbours. Equality in Europe is seen not only as an imperative for individuals, but also for entire nations.
MUNICH - German leaders are pushing a vigorous new case that it is time for their nation to find a more muscular voice in foreign affairs, even suggesting that Germany should no longer reflexively avoid some military deployments, as it did in Libya almost three years ago.