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The Crisis in Catalonia: 1st October 2017

1 October 2017

The Spanish interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, described the response of the Guardia Civil and Spanish police in Catalonia on the 1st October 2017, as “proportional and professional”, this was not a view shared by many in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, and by those who saw the [read more]

UN Secretary-General’s press encounter: 5 September 2017

6 September 2017

Secretary-General António Guterres on North Korea and Myanmar’s Rakhine State In two weeks’ time, world leaders will be here in the General Assembly to address the full range of global challenges. But in recent days we have seen the dramatic aggravation of three of the main threats we face as [read more]

Extremes of wealth and income inequality

11 October 2016

The extremes of wealth and income inequality that have developed within the OECD countries, and particularly in the United States, since the early 1980s, have created unbalanced societies, which are by their nature more unstable than was the situation in the 1950s and 1960s. Arguably the mass of [read more]

UN agencies warn of escalating food crisis in South Sudan

8 February 2016

Rise in hunger at harvest time; harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching. Joint FAO-UNICEF-WFP News Release 8 February 2016, Juba – South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people — nearly 25 percent of the country’s population — remain [read more]

A review of “Capitalism a Ghost Story” by Arundhati Roy

7 February 2016

A review of “Capitalism a ghost story” by Arundhati Roy, published by Verso London 2014 This short book, it is less than a hundred pages, is an attack on the power of Indian elites, represented by rich industrialists, entrepreneurs and politicians on those less fortunate in their society. This [read more]

Inequality as a factor in social unrest

8 October 2015

The extremes of wealth and income inequality that have developed within the OECD countries, and particularly in the United States, since the early 1980s, have created unbalanced societies, which are by their nature more unstable than was the situation in the 1950s and 1960s. Arguably the mass of [read more]