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Europe, Central Asia Face Nutritional Deficits

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) paints a picture of persistent nutrition problems due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and stunted growth in its latest snapshot of the Europe and Central Asia.* On the eve of its biennial Regional Conference for Europe – in Bucharest, Romania – FAO concludes that although caloric intake in the 53-country region should see hunger fall to less th ...

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Calls for a Ceasefire in the War on Drugs

“The production of opium increased by 102% and cocaine by 20% from 1998 to 2007, despite efforts to destroy crops around the world; in the US close to 500,000 people are in jail for drug offenses, compared with 41,000 in 1980; the US spent 93% of its resources on cocaine for law enforcement and only 7% on treatment programmes; more than 30 countries impose the death penalty for drug-related crimes; over 70% ...

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U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Democracy Now! Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 still missing. Casualties are still mounting, though, both in Japan and much farther away. The impact of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown on health and the environment is seve ...

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More trade unions oppose TTIP (EU-US Free Trade Agreement)

Original article Keep Our NHS Public OXFORDSHIRE March 10-14th saw the latest round of the EU-US free trade negotiations in Brussels. The industry’s 50 leading CEO’s, known collectively as the European Roundtable of Industrialists, proclaimed it their responsibility to ensure the deal was passed ‘with as little noise as possible’. But, on 13 March, there was a very noisy protest outside the building in Brus ...

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How Big Tobacco’s lobbyists get what they want from the media

With cigarette packs on the agenda, the BBC must be asked why it lets thinktanks argue the tobacco companies' case without revealing who their paymasters are. By George Monbiot for The Guardian Almost everything is fake. The brave proverbs with which we were brought up – the truth will out, cheats never prosper, virtue will triumph – turn out to be unfounded. For the most part, our lives are run and our vie ...

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A Matter of Life and Death

By Martin Khor for IPS News Martin Khor, executive director of the South Centre, warns that negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement are a matter of life and death. GENEVA, Mar 9 2014 (IPS) - If you or some family members or friends suffer from cancer, hepatitis, AIDS, asthma or other serious ailments, it’s worth your while to follow the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement ...

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UK Law: CPS witness care staff cut by 57%

By Maeve McClenaghan and Oli Wright  for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism The Crown Prosecution Service has cut the number of staff it employs to look after witnesses, some of whom are victims of crime, by more than half in just three years, an investigation reveals today. Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for The Independent has found that since 2010 the number of Witness Care staff ...

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EU/US “Free” Trade Agreement and the UK National Health Service

Report from NHS/TTIP [Transatlantic Trade and Investment] meeting 3rd Feb 2014 at Unite building organised by StopTTIP [Notes compiled by Linda Kaucher] A meeting attended by about 80 people and Chaired by Melanie Strickland was convened to highlight what the new trade partnership rules would mean for the UK Health Service Speakers: Rachael Maskell (UNITE national officer for health) The NHS is actually 4 h ...

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Bangladesh: adolescent girls living in urban slums

The concentration of public health issues and adverse environmental circumstances in slums are increasingly important concerns for developing countries like Bangladesh. This country has experienced a steady growth in its urban population, most particularly in the capital city, Dhaka, ever since independence in 1971.This city-effect has triggered a rapid urbanization across Bangladesh coupled with rapid slum ...

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Privatisation will be irreversible unless the NHS is exempted from the EU-US Trade deal

Published by the National Health Action Party (UK) One of the main planks of our Euro election campaign is calling for the NHS to be exempted from the EU-US Trade deal, or the TTIP as it’s officially called. Most people have probably never even heard of TTIP. But we need to get informed so we understand the threat it poses to our NHS – namely making the privatisation process irreversible. Here, internationa ...

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