Human beings are often assessed according to their economic value – when doctors transplant organs, for example, or athletes insure their legs for huge sums, or companies employ staff. What at first sounds absurd is in fact standard practice.
How much better off would the world be if it stopped preparing for war and invested in peace instead? We asked a researcher with the Institute for Economics and Peace. The answer, expressed in dollars, is staggering.
For months now, Africa's rough diamonds have been increasing in value but the sale proceeds do not reach the people. Instead, they benefit metropolitan elites and the mine companies, which are usually foreign-owned.
Companies are on the verge of selling lab-grown meat. The new products are touted as environmentally friendly, but is it what consumers want and where exactly are the lines when it comes to genetic engineering?
Egyptian voters may be heading to the polls early this year to pick their president. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's re-election seems likely, but the opposition is preparing to put up a tough fight.
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