What does it mean to be human today? It is an excellent starting point for thinking about human inequality.
To be human, in an elementary sense, means three things.
First, you are a sexed living organism, capable of feeling pain and pleasure and of reproduction, with a delimited lifespan of development and decay, subject to vicissitudes of health and illness.
Secondly, you are a person, with a ...
Food banks in the UK reported that demand had tripled in March this year as the coronavirus lockdown threw millions out of work. Many food banks faced an urgent need for money to buy extra food and launched appeals through crowdfunding websites.
The public response was impressive, with a massive surge in support. Nearly a million people volunteered to help the NHS and local support centres.
Later, public backing for footballer Mark Rashford’s appeal also forced the ...
Africa Day celebrates the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. It’s all about recognising, as the First Congress of Independent African States held in 1958 in Ghana put it, “the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation”. Indeed, it was previously called African Liberation Day.
The continent is now formally free of colonial rule. Nevertheless, the aim of remembering and furthering the fight for self determination remains relevant as ever. This year has seen Africa – once again – characterised as a set of helpless states that face devastation by the coronavirus pandemic…
Since WW2, the Western sphere has never really been tested. There have been tensions between the blocks and times when people feared conflicts but still things were more or less normal. The biggest challenge probably was the oil crisis.