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J Epidemiol Community Health 56:719 doi:10.1136/jech.56.9.719-a

Where is the real debate on globalisation?

  1. J J Miranda1,
  2. A E Yamin2
  1. 1EDHUCASalud Founder Member, Civil Association for Health and Human Rights Education, Lima, Peru; and Peruvian Programme, Health Unlimited, Ayacucho, Peru
  2. 2Joseph L Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA and EDHUCASalud Advisor, Lima, Peru
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr J J Miranda;
 jjmiranda{at}terra.com.pe

    The debate section of the September 2001 issue was dedicated to the complex issue of globalisation.1–5 All the authors note the polarisation of the current debate and the importance of finding specific strategies to move forward.

    Our point here is not to take sides as to the results of globalisation but to address the question of why these debates are so polarised. That is, precisely part of the problem is that there is no true “debate” occurring here because there is no level playing field between rich and poor countries, between the winners and the losers of …