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INEQUALITY IS NOT JUST AN ECONOMIC ISSUE, BUT A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. EXTREME INEQUALITY IS THE ANTITHESIS OF HUMAN RIGHTS. (Philip Alston)

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Human rights: Food for a long but important thought   Human Rights Reader 407   [Taken from ‘From Disparity to Dignity: Tackling Economic Inequality Through the SDGs’, Human Rights Policy Brief, CESR, November 2016. I found this briefing to be a gold mine of what I call iron laws. I wanted to share them with […]

INEQUALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE IMF IN 2011.

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Food for a cynical thought?   Human Rights Reader 285   Inequality is at the root of human rights (HR) work. Should I thus find it cynical that only in 2011 has the IMF ‘come out of the closet’ in a big way to say that inequality is bad… for Capitalism? The IMF’s F+D (Finance […]

Class and Health

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Social Medicine had its birth during the Industrial Revolution in Europe as health statistics (a relatively new tool) made clear that disease and death were linked to poverty and exploitation. One of the first empiric studies examining this question was done in the 1820’s by the French physician Louis Rene Villerme. Villerme looked at mortality […]




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