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Famine Doesn't Just Happen, It's Man Made

Famine Doesn't Just Happen, It's Man MadeThe relationship between food insecurity and conflict is almost so logical that it appears to state the obvious: conditions of food insecurity contribute to the outbreak of social, political and military conflict, which in turn produces further food insecurity.

How Business Is Devising New Ways To Rip Off Workers

How Business Is Devising New Ways To Rip Off WorkersLeaks from a Panamanian law firm have felled one prime minister, wobbled another and focused attention on the tax arrangements of the famous and infamous, but there is another tax and benefits scandal going on right under our noses. Away from offshore havens and the ultra-wealthy, false or bogus self-employment remains a far more widespread and extremely costly problem.

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama Papers

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama PapersThe Panama Papers is a treasure trove of information on the activities and clientele of a large, but not atypical law firm operating in an offshore financial centre. In this case, it is a firm called Mossack Fonseca, based in Panama. It follows a series of spectacular leaks by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, including the HSBC files

How Your Local Train Station Can Predict Health And Death

Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities. AAP/Tracey NearmyThe association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations has been demonstrated in many different locations around the world. These include London and Glasgow in the UK and across the US including California.

What The Ebola Virus Can Teach Us About Saving Crops

Working with local farmers to protect their crops. Author providedWhen the deadly Ebola virus struck West Africa last year, one thing that became clear was that the region lacked access to quick diagnostic tools that could help identify those infected and help contain the virus’s spread.

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

These south side Chicago “explorers” had never seen anything comparable to the legendary Union League Club. The esoteric artwork, luxurious decor, and dapper club members were a far cry from the neighborhood where the group of African American teenagers grew up. And there was no mistaking the reaction on members’ faces: There goes the neighborhood.

How Tech Can Drive Growth Without Inequality

How Tech Can Drive Growth Without InequalityFor many cities, tech hubs have been a key to jump starting economic growth in the wake of the global financial crisis. In an era of uncertainty, tech-sector growth is proving to be a driving force for nations attempting to reach into the “next economy”. In the UK, for instance, the sector is – optimistically – predicted to grow

Will Anyone Be Prosecuted In The Flint Water Crisis?

Delivering bottled water in Flint in January. Michigan State Police/Flickr, CC BY-NDThe headlines were alarming. Traces of cancer-causing contaminants in New Orleans and Pittsburgh public drinking water supplies. Lead from water supply pipes in Boston tap water. In response, in 1974 Congress enacted the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which was designed to protect public drinking water supplies.

Pay Ratios Could Curb Excessive CEO Pay And Counter Inequality

Pay Ratios Could Curb Excessive CEO Pay And Counter InequalityGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai has earned an eye-popping pay rise. He was awarded US$199m in shares, according to a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. It makes him the highest-paid chief executive in the US and though he sits at the top of the pile, news of his or any CEO’s big pay rise will come as little to to surprise to many.

Which Is The Best Country To Grow Old In?

Which Is The Best Country To Grow Old In?

It’s no secret that the global population is ageing. We’re living longer than ever and are healthier until much later in life. But we’re still struggling to adapt to this changing demographic – and some are struggling more than most.

Men Need To Get Flexible If New Rules Are To Help Fight For Equality

Men Need To Get Flexible If New Working Rules Are To Help Fight For Equality

Since June 30 2014, all UK employees have been granted the right to request flexible working. It is clearly an important step in the battle to achieve some form of balance between our work and non-work lives, but it looks like a tricky battle. Research still shows that there are gaps between the idealised outcomes and realities...


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