The Importance of Language

I’ve always had a real desire to learn other languages, and I think I have a pretty good knack for it when I actually get into intensive study. Over the course of my schooling, I’ve studied French (the most), Spanish, and Portuguese (while abroad). The only language I’ve really managed to retain is Portuguese given that…

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Happy 94th Birthday, Madiba!

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His father was Hendry Mphakanyiswa of the Tembu Tribe. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand where he studied law. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the…

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Amandla! Ngawethu!

This has been a resounding cry for the last 3 weeks as I’ve participated in the International People’s Health University (IPHU), the South African National Health Assembly (NHA), and the Third People’s Health Assembly (PHA3), all here in Cape Town. The phrase means: Power to us! And it is shouted as if it were a…

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Global v. Domestic

This has become an ongoing debate just within my own department within the school of public health. The conversation always goes as such, “What do you want to do when you graduate?” “Well, I’m not sure yet?” “Well do you want to work global or domestic?” o_o *blinks* My answer is always both, but its…

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Mobilizing for Health for All

You can’t have accountability if you don’t have a standard, therefore campaign to entrench concrete obligations and enforcement mechanisms for the right health in international law through a framework agreement for the right to health

Mark Heywood (Section 27, SA) during a plenary session on “Beyond the Current Crisis: Mobilizing for Health for All”

The benevolence of slavery?

“No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.” History textbooks in US public schools have always been kinda of a shit show. They’d always frame slavery as a purely “economic…

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Liberation Medicine

Okay, I haven’t posted in a MINUTE! But between a really poor internet connection in the house that I’m residing in Cape Town and (finally) becoming more busy in my daily activities, I just haven’t found the time to sit down and write a post. A couple of weeks ago I started doing the background…

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