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When Elise M’s* 18-year-old daughter tried to kill herself with an overdose of pills last year, the ambulance that Elise called took them to nearby South Rand Hospital, in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville. But nurses at the hospital refused to admit her. “They pointed to a sign on the wall saying non-South Africans have to pay R5,000, [US$457]” recalled Elise. “I offered my cell
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This blog has reported previously on the fact that we needlessly waste our food supplies when people are going hungry. An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food, or roughly 30 percent of global production, is lost or wasted annually, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. That is enough food to feed two billion people and which could easily feed the world's 800 million who
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This morning, ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) reported its third quarter earnings for 2014 -- an eye-popping $8.07 billion. Yet, ExxonMobil paid an effective tax rate of only 10.2 percent on its U.S. income in 2013, and likely received a significant share of the $10.5  billion in federal tax breaks and other subsidies enjoyed by the oil and gas industries. Friends of the Earth Climate and energy
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The UK's announcement this week that it would not support search and rescue operations to save migrants in the Mediterranean Sea is "appalling" and an affront to human dignity, a United Nations human rights expert has said. The UK's declaration came out earlier this month in a statement to Parliament but was widely reported on Tuesday. Carrying out search and rescue missions just
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As the American mid-term elections draw closer, perhaps it is timely to remind voters of capitalism’s recession and the futility of choosing between Democrat ‘lesser’ evil and the Republican ‘greater’ evil. The promise of the American dream gave some hope that they themselves could one day rise up the economic ladder. But according to a study released those already in financially-stable
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