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"Make poverty history" poster seen in Hackney, London. (Credit: stanjourdan / Flickr)

As the global economy stares down the barrel of rising inequality and increased automation, more countries are toying with the idea of a universal basic income. But a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is less than enthusiastic, saying that without significant tax hikes, a basic income would do little to reduce poverty and even exacerbate it in some cases.


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News in the Humanosphere: Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Gheybreysus elected next WHO Director-General

The governing body of the WHO will make its final selection today on who will replace Margaret Chan as the director general. Today, the three candidates — David Nabarro of the U.K., Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan — make their final pitch at the World Health Assembly, the U.N. organization’s major annual meeting.

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