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Parts of the world are grappling with the urbanisation problem but some other parts experience the opposite: their city is shrinking. Shutterstock

Managing shrinking cities in an expanding world

Urbanisation has been a well-established trend and for some countries will continue to be. But some others experience the opposite with pictures of abandoned infrastructure.
Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a rally to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s centenary year in Cape Town, South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

The Ramaphosa moment: how many Messiahs can one country take?

Cyril Ramaphosa is no Messiah, and when the post-Zuma champagne corks stop popping, South Africans need to assess him as a mere mortal.
The global economy enables a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people struggle to survive on low wages, according to an Oxfam report. EPA/Mast Irham

Inequality is not inevitable, it’s a policy choice, says Oxfam

The rich have to be taxed more and the poor need to be paid more, according to Oxfam International head of inequality policy Max Lawson.
People in the U.S. and the Caribbean share vulnerability to climate change-related disasters, but only in the Caribbean is the public truly worried. Why? US Navy

Caribbean residents see climate change as a severe threat but most in US don’t — here’s why

New research suggests politics and risk perception may explain why the US and Caribbean see climate change so differently, though both places are ever more vulnerable to powerful hurricanes.

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