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Four numbers for 2019

Four statistics from 2018 portent trends for 2019. All have to do with human health, and none of them are good. 

 

22 million

 

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 1 million people infected with cholera, over 8 million people at the brink of starvation and 22 million in need of humanitarian aid. The crisis is the direct result of the ongoing armed conflict between Muslim rebels and a weak president, supported by Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the US.

 

Yemen is a model of armed conflict in the 21stcentury: the business enterprise of arms sales to regimes to prop up meaningless conflicts under the guise of “promoting regional stability.” The resulting billions pad the pockets of governments and arms-makers and ensure continuity of the current decadent Western lifestyle which reliably ignores the fact that Yemen even exists. This despite the fact that, unlike the Holocaust or Stalin’s persecutions, the crisis in Yemen is extensively documented for all the world to see on a daily basis.

Is a free higher education feasible in the Czech Republic?

Independent evaluators rank the Czech Republic among the feeblest of education’s funders. Beneath every European Union country save two—Slovakia and Liechtenstein—the Czech Republic allocates a paltry 4.1 percent of its GDP per year to education.

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