Ebola: Crisis of infrastructure

Ahmad Ebrahimi examines the root cause of the Ebola epidemic

What has allowed an apparently insignificant virus like Ebola to evolve into a potentially global epidemic? First identified near the Ebola river in the Democratic Republic of Congo 38 years ago, it has been the source of a number of small outbreaks in countries of central and west Africa. All these either petered out or were brought under control after deaths counted in tens and occasionally hundreds. The largest previous epidemic was in Gulu district in the north of Uganda, with 425 infections and 224 deaths.1 As I write, the fatalities for the current outbreak are officially approaching the 5,000 mark.

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A dangerous game

David Cameron’s appeasement of the Eurosceptic right could backfire dramatically, warns Paul Demarty

Infighting in the Vatican

Deep divisions over divorce and homosexuality were revealed by the recent synod, reports Eddie Ford

Agony and the ecstasy

The current growth of the UK economy is unsustainable, says Michael Roberts. Indeed, there is a danger of another slump

Those who side with imperialism

Patrick Smith exposes spurious justifications and disastrous results

Lech Wałęsa and Thatcher, the wise and brave woman

While The Leninist's critique of Stalinism was still developing, it had no hesitation in calling the export of Polish coal to Britain during the miner's strike a scab act.

TUC demo: Boost to confidence

Looking to a Labour government for salvation is a hopeless perspective, argues Peter Manson

The goods

Robbie Rix is making an offer you can't refuse

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