Mental illness and the psychological trap – a political problem

Amandla Ulutsha Newsletter |Issue 11 Editorial | 17 May 2018

The problem with society and the framing of mental illness as a social ill.

Mental illness is a serious problem, reaching epidemic status, and the problem is increasing rapidly amongst young people not only in South Africa but globally. There is a tendency in society to either: (1) disregard mental illness as a serious problem, or (2) to recognise mental illness as a problem but fail to treat the underlying causes that result in mental illness. In this piece we will attempt to explain why this is the case, and what needs to be done about it.Read More »


Malnutrition threatens the world


Granma | March 19, 2018

Photo: Global Nutrition Report 2015

IN a world of paradoxes such as this, while hunger dominates on one side, its worst antithesis gains ground on the other. A worrying conclusion can be drawn from both calamities: humanity faces a serious nutritional situation.Read More »

India: Citizens’ Enquiry finds rising rates of kidney failure, deaths in villages surrounding IREL’s monazite processing facility in Chhattrapur Block, Ganjam District

Press Release

Frontier | January 21, 2018

Reports of unusually high rates of chronic kidney disease and death due to kidney failure in a cluster of villages in Chhattrapur Block of Ganjam District have recently been covered by The Wire and a few Oriya-language newspapers.

Alarmed and disturbed at these reports, a group of concerned citizens constituted a fact-finding team and visited the area on 19-20 January 2018. Team members are all senior human rights workers who have written and researched extensively on public health and people’s health issues.Read More »

Millions of Women Suffer From a Disease That Virtually Sucks the Life Out of Them

But doctors still aren’t taking it seriously.


 Jason Frank Rothenberg

Jen Brea was a 28-year-old grad student at Harvard when her health began to deteriorate after a 104 degree fever. She spent a year searching for an explanation for her recurrent infections, profound dizziness and disturbing neurological symptoms, only to be dismissed by doctor after doctor. She was just stressed. She was dehydrated. There was nothing wrong. A neurologist told her she had conversion disorder, a psychiatric diagnosis that used to go by another name: hysteria. He suggested that her symptoms were the product of her “unconscious mind,” caused by a repressed trauma she couldn’t remember.

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40 Countries Across Europe Hit by Eggs Tainted with Lice Killing Pesticide

teleSUR | September 06, 2017

According to a European Union official, 40 countries – including 24 EU members and 16 non-members – was affected by the contaminated eggs.


Officials have arrested two directors from a Dutch poultry farm cleaning company alleging their company illegally mixed a pesticide – Fipronil – with a spray used to treat chickens with lice.

This forced millions of eggs to be pulled from the shelves in the Netherlands, Germany and across Europe and destroyed after they were found to contain traces of the pesticide. As a result, farmers have suffered around 33 million euros ($39 million) in losses.Read More »

Open letter to WHO on industrial animal farming

Pambazuka News | May 31, 2017

On 23 May 2017 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was elected WHO Director-General. In a letter released a head of the election, over 200 scientists, policy experts and others concerned persons are urging the new Director-General to recognize and address factory farming as a growing public health challenge. Just as the WHO has bravely confronted companies that harm human health by peddling tobacco and sugar-sweetened beverages, it must not waver in advocating for the regulation of industrial animal farming.


Unprecedented and rising levels of industrial animal farming are undermining the highest attainable standard of health that is WHO’s mandate. During the 2016 World Health Assembly, Director-General Margaret Chan highlightedclimate change, antibiotic resistance, and chronic diseases as “slow-motion disasters.” However, their fundamental link to industrial animal farming has continued to be disregarded.

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