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Is the world poor, or unjust?

Social media has been ablaze with this question recently. We know we face a crisis of mass poverty: the global economy is organized in such a way that nearly 60% of humanity is left unable to meet basic needs. But the question at stake this time is different.

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Steven Donziger: The man who stood up to an oil giant, and paid the price

Hundreds of law students announce boycott of Chevron law firm Seward & Kissel for “unethical” private prosecution of human rights attorney Steven Donziger

Students from over 50 leading U.S. law schools–including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and New York University–have announced a recruiting boycott of a prominent Chevron law firm to protest its “unethical” private prosecution of U.S. human rights lawyer Steven Donziger after he helped win a $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron.

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Volunteers packing food for people affected by the pandemic

Human nature is no barrier to socialism

Of all the reasons to be angry during the pandemic—the profit-first response of governments, the neglected state of the health system, the environmental crisis underpinning the disaster, the millions dead—it has been people buying extra toilet paper that has elicited the most outrage.

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The Global Struggle for Bodily Autonomy

The global struggle for bodily autonomy

The example of Sparta is an interesting precedent for the way in which people’s bodies have been controlled and utilized beyond their consent throughout history. The control of our bodies presupposes capitalism, but capitalism in turn has entrenched it.

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The doses of the vaccine, known in India as Covishield, arrived in Seychelles onboard a special flight operated by an Indian Navy Aircraft January 22, 2021 (Photo: Salifa Magnan, Seychellles News Agency)

Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism

As known COVID-19 infections exceed 100 million internationally, with more than two million lives lost, rich countries are now quarrelling publicly over access to limited vaccine supplies. With ‘vaccine nationalism’ widespread, multilateral arrangements have not been able to address current challenges well.

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