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Global Issues Email Update, September 2010.

It may look like I've done quite a few updates this time, but other than the first article, a new one on health and the media, the rest are mostly small updates to existing pages, but I hope you find it useful, nonetheless.

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-- Anup Shah, http://www.globalissues.org

In this update:

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1) Health in the media

2) Obesity in the US continues to increase

3) Global financial crisis and flaws in neoliberal ideology

4) Developed countries beginning to get their own Structural Adjustment

5) Investors buying land in poor countries for profit to detriment of locals

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1) Health in the media

Health information is often sensationalized in the media, with various promises of quick fixes and miracle cures. Yet, that is rarely reality. How does it come to this?

This new article attempts to look at some of the ways in which media stories about health issues mislead, distort or confuse us with resources to better understand health related stories.

<http://globalissues.org/article/788/health-in-the-media>

2) Obesity in the US continues to increase

This small update to the obesity page includes updated information from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention that shows obesity continues to increase in the United States.

But this is a global issue too, for, as the World Health Organization notes, around the world the number of overweight children under the age of five is now estimated to be over 42 million. Close to

35 million of these are living in developing countries.

http://globalissues.org/article/558/obesity

3) Global financial crisis and flaws in neoliberal ideology

This small update to the neoliberalism primer page includes some notes on how the global financial crisis has shown more flaws in the neoliberal ideology, which even the likes of Alan Greenspan has admitted.

<http://globalissues.org/article/39/a-primer-on-neoliberalism>

4) Developed countries beginning to get their own Structural Adjustment

This small update to the global financial crisis page includes some information about the challenges and limits markets have in addressing the current problem, and how developed nations face their own structural adjustment.

Developing countries went through years of harmful structural adjustment often leaving them worse off. Is that the fate for industrialized nations too?

<http://globalissues.org/article/768/global-financial-crisis>

5) Investors buying land in poor countries for profit to detriment of locals

This small update to the world hunger page makes note of how investors from places such as UK and some emerging countries such as China are targeting poor countries with weak laws, buying arable land on the cheap, seemingly for quick profit often without the necessary expertise to cultivate the local land and often with exploitation and damage to the local resource base.

Promises of development and investment in the local communities are, somewhat predictably, not forthcoming. Local and remote elites benefit once more, while rural and local communities are left out.

<http://globalissues.org/article/7/causes-of-hunger-are-related-to-poverty>

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