Category Archives: Social and Economic Inequalities

Racism impacts your health

  Outside in public: Smiling, dressed real fine, manners on point. I am well schooled on how to be respectful, how to take up space, how to use silence when necessary. Travelling home on transit listening to music to drown out my day — filled with injustices from the minute I left my “sanctuary” ten […]

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Economic Equality Is Key to Solving Climate Change, Report Shows

  Economies need to reduce inequality and promote sustainable development for the world to avert the perils of runaway global warming, according to new research. The risk of missing emissions targets increased dramatically under economic scenarios that emphasizes high inequality and growth powered by fossil fuels, according to research published Monday by a team of […]

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The Cancer Threat to Africa’s Future

  While significant progress has been made in halting the spread of communicable diseases in Africa, rates of non-communicable illnesses, especially cancers, are rising. With just 5% of global funding for cancer prevention spent in Africa, a new global strategy is needed to help manage a looming health crisis. CHICAGO – One of the most […]

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Its poverty, not individual choice, that is driving extraordinary obesity levels

  The statistics point remorselessly towards obesity being a symptom with an underlying social cause. That should completely change the approach to dealing with it. The “obesity epidemic” deserves much more serious attention than it is getting. It is, after all, thought to be killing nearly three million people a year worldwide. It is putting […]

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Why Amartya Sen remains the century’s great critic of capitalism

  Critiques of capitalism come in two varieties. First, there is the moral or spiritual critique. This critique rejects Homo economicus as the organising heuristic of human affairs. Human beings, it says, need more than material things to prosper. Calculating power is only a small part of what makes us who we are. Moral and spiritual relationships […]

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