A Modern Medieval Nightmare

Streets that lack asphalt, houses without water and electricity and whole communities wanting in proper access to schooling and healthcare— while this might sound like a description of a medieval town this is the reality for hundred millions of people in India. The Indian slums are known as prime examples of the economic theory of the poverty traps. What this theory states is that a certain set of factors such as low level of savings, poor education and/or poor healthcare can cause a self-perpet...
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Mob attack shows that racism is very much alive in India

Imagine a city where a person is discriminated against based on the color of their skin. A city in which foreigners are not welcomed. A place in which prejudice often turns to violence. We are not talking about a city in Europe dealing with racism and xenophobia and we are sure as hell not talking about someplace in the United States. We are talking about Bangalore, a major South Indian city in Karnataka. Early February, reports from major news sources around the world had reported on an a...
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A Spotlight on African Growth and Development

At a time when it is commonplace to see news about terrorist attacks by Boko Haram or Al-Shabab, when it is normal to hear European countries slander the African migrants who leave home to support their families from abroad, and when aid and adoption rates have reached an all time high in some African countries, it is important for us to not so easily fall into the narrative of undermining Africa’s history of oppression. Africa’s struggles are the expected consequences of global hegemonic imperi...
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A Womanless World

The world is missing approximately 160 million women as a result of prenatal female infanticide, sex–selective abortions, differential mortality rates, and other discriminatory practices against women. This figure is equivalent to more than the entire female population of the United States. While normal sex birth ratios range between 105 and 107 male births per 100 female births, the gender ratios in Asian and Eastern European countries have reached unprecedented numbers.[1] In China, 121 boys a...
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