Every Friday we take a look back at the week’s headlines, centering on a theme we’ve singled out as particularly important.This week some nation states seemed too big to succeed, while Hollywood stars were using growth hormones to get even bigger. Inequality isn’t a strong enough word to represent some of these overwhelming and unnecessary disparities.
…the conference participants—foreign and Somali—say they will accept that the country is, for the time being, irretrievably broken into five or six zones of influence.
Most of them sang its praises, saying it made them look and feel stronger, sharper, younger; one of them, a studio executive, told him it had changed his life.
The cases are known as kodokushi or “lonely deaths” in Japan – and the stories are familiar: Unreported deaths, unpaid rents, no food, no electricity, and few ties to family and friends.
As recently as a few years ago, city officials saw mainland mothers-to-be as a revenue stream as well, and urged hospitals to accommodate them.
For the moment we mainly hear the din of battle, between the painstaking communitarian ideal and the forces of cosmopolitanism.
Whether a “hooker with a heart of gold,” a high-class call girl, or a destitute woman who turned to the streets, any actress knows well that if she takes on a role dealing with this occupation, she had a better shot at an Oscar win.
Of the 3.49 billion people that now live in cities, 827.6 million are slum dwellers, according to a UN Habitat Report.
But then, as now, inequality was a fact of life in the city. And beyond rapid population growth, not much has changed in the interceding century for the city’s urban poor.
The Participant (All born in the 80’s) compose and build a sculpture of all his or her possessions, which I then photograph together with the model.