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Your country, by Patricia del Río
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Your country, by Patricia del Río

Maybe it's time you started wondering what makes you Peruvian. What unites you to this land? What do you share with that neighbor that you greet every day and don't know? What does it mean that your DNI and that of the man who is next to you in the Metropolitan say Peruvian nationality?We have tried in recent years to choose some milestones that make us all feel that we are in the same boat. Food, football, have been catalysts for a society that wants to feel united, but that carries centuries of irreconcilable differences, with long lives of uprooting and divisions. The diversity that defines us has traditionally functioned as a source of discrimination. We do not speak the same languages, we do not live in similar geographical spaces, we do not face the same climates, we do not dan...
94% of Mexicans killed by COVID-19 are workers, housewives and retirees
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94% of Mexicans killed by COVID-19 are workers, housewives and retirees

The 94% of the Mexicans killed by COVID-19 were workers, housewives and retirees with adverse economic conditions, and half did not finish primary schoolrevealed a study of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) available this sunday.In addition, the 92% of deaths occurred in public health institutions, with half in the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), while only 2% of deaths occurred in private hospitals, detailed the report "Impact of the social determinants of COVID-19 in Mexico"."The data mentioned here point to large differences both in the level of contagion and in the severity and mortality of COVID-19, according to the socioeconomic level", determined the research carried out by the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM.Mexico is the fourth country with the most dea...
The South Korean model of economic, social and educational inequality
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The South Korean model of economic, social and educational inequality

The cinematic phenomenon that resulted Parasite, with its saga of international awards and box office success, allowed to visualize some questions that are observed between the lines about social and economic aspects of South Korea for many strangers in Argentina. For example, tremendous social inequalities, high unemployment in the young population, an economy with a high degree of informality and a large number of poor older adults.It is enough to observe the difference between the two families in which the story is centered. One lives in a tiny floodable basement that years before had been an anti-bombing bunker, juggling to steal Wi-Fi from neighbors (in one of the countries with the highest and best connectivity in the world) and barely surviving. Meanwhile, the other resides in a ...
The Philosophy of Meritocracy: Is Individual Effort the Key to Success?
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The Philosophy of Meritocracy: Is Individual Effort the Key to Success?

The coincidences between Adam Smith and Karl Marx are frequently overlooked. I quote one of them: people must work and strive for their own and collective good. In common sense, the belief has been established that capitalism compensates the industrious. It should be added that the theoretical foundations of socialism do not lead to the distribution of wealth among unproductive loafers.Instead, it belongs to the essence of populism to distribute among the poor to win their political loyalty regardless of their real endeavor. The populist is interested in establishing a relationship of clientele and distraction, and not removing the poor from their state. Populism, like dictatorship or corruption, is compatible with both the right and the left. "Bread and circus" - beer and football - ...
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UN: Panama improves in environmental impact but not in inequality

Panama improved its impact in the environment with low emissions of CO2, But it continues to register high rates of social inequality, according to a report by the United Nations Program for him Developing (UNDP) released this Friday."The value of IDH -íHuman Development Index- for Panama it is very high. However, in terms of inequality there is a loss dthe 21,1 %, one of the important challenges facing the country, "said the UNDP representative in Panama, Aleida Ferreyra. This becomes a challenge both for the country and for the International organization, as there "do more to close the inequality gap and achieve sustainable development that benefits everyone and in harmony with nature", Ferreyra explained.The report The next frontier: Human development in the Anthropocene "proposes an...
Totalitarianism at 38th and Chicago: A Minnesotan lie
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Totalitarianism at 38th and Chicago: A Minnesotan lie

Minnesota, like every other US state, begins with a lie. Explore Minnesota tourism ads present the state as a natural paradise, as if the US military-occupied land of Mni Sota Makoce is God-country, some blessing bestowed upon God’s own settler-colony. Popular culture presents a narrative about the state as pure and as white as the opening scene of Fargo. The upper Midwest is full of hearty, plaid and parka-wearers and white homemaking mom’s you betcha and don’tcha know-ing over a stack of unfinished pancakes as the ruddy-cheeked children grab their hockey sticks and run out to the frozen-over pond. Like the myths of Southern hospitality, with its tea service smudged with the flogged slave-girls’ blood, or of the lone and noble cowboy from out West who knew the rapist was one among the run...
Elite privilege consumes $17.4bn of Pakistan’s economy: UNDP
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Elite privilege consumes $17.4bn of Pakistan’s economy: UNDP

Islamabad, Pakistan – Economic privileges accorded to Pakistan’s elite groups, including the corporate sector, feudal landlords, the political class and the country’s powerful military, add up to an estimated $17.4bn, or roughly 6 percent of the country’s economy, a new United Nations report has found. Released last week, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) National Human Development Report (NHDR) for Pakistan focuses on issues of inequality in the South Asian country of 220 million people. The report uses the prism of “Power, People and Policy” to examine the stark income and economic opportunity disparities in the developing country. “Powerful groups use their privilege to capture more than their fair share, people perpetuate structural discrimination through prejudice against others b...
Biden says his infrastructure plan would create 19 million jobs
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Biden says his infrastructure plan would create 19 million jobs

Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan aims to update the United States’ physical and technological infrastructure and address long-standing economic inequities.President Joe Biden said the sweeping infrastructure proposal he unveiled this week would create 19 million jobs to further boost the U.S. economy’s trajectory coming out of the pandemic. “Independent analysis shows that if we pass this plan the economy will create 19 million jobs,” Biden said in remarks at the White House Friday. “Good jobs, blue collar jobs, jobs that pay well.” Biden’s $2.25 trillion “American Jobs Plan,” announced Wednesday, aims to update the country’s physical and technological infrastructure, and address longstanding economic inequities in the nation. The . Higher Taxes The White House pointed to a report...