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An Unprofitable Disease: In the Political Economy of Ebola, Who Lives and Who Dies?

We look at the political and economic circumstances of the spread of Ebola with science writer Leigh Phillips, who calls for a socialization of pharmaceutical research and production. Phillips says that using revenues from profitable drugs to subsidize research for unprofitable drugs would reduce the costs of vaccines and their development. He also argues the decimation of the healthcare infrastructure is l ...

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Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy By George Monbiot for The Guardian The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But it doesn’t work. Far from curing them of the conviction that they are threatened and beleaguered, greater control breeds greater paranoia. On Friday, ...

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#noTTIP: European Day of Action

By NoTTIP The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a so-called ‘free trade’ deal currently being negotiated by the EU and US. This deal will give big business more power over our society, our environment, our public services, and our democracy. Negotiations on TTIP between the EU and US began in July 2013 and are still ongoing. The sixth round of negotiations will start on 14 July 2014 i ...

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Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Healthcare at Root of Crisis

As the death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,400, two American missionaries who received experimental drugs and top-notch healthcare have been released from the hospital. We spend the hour with Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer discussing what can be done to stop the epidemic and the need to build local healthcare capacity, not just an emergency response. "The Ebola outbreak, w ...

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Vulture Funds v Argentina: The Guardian asserts that Obama could put a stop to Griesa’s ruling

The important British newspaper The Guardian held that the President of the United States has the Constitutional power of reverting the ruling of New York Judge Thomas Griesa, on the basis that it interferes with his foreign policy. Telam The story, signed by journalist Greg Palast, a specialist on vulture funds, refers to a clause of the U.S. Constitution known as the “Separation of Powers”, which allows t ...

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Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate. By George Monbiot, The Guardian, Tuesday 5 August 2014 To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. Th ...

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EU: A union for big banks

Published by the Corporate Europe Observatory in January 2014 We reproduce here the Conclusions of this exhaustive study into the new EU "Banking Union". The original can be read here Though the banking union is an ambitious project, it is not particularly promising. Bankers, Commissioners, politicians and governments have depicted the banking union as a solution to all ills of the banking sector. But while ...

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Argentina Deplores Announcement on Vulture Funds

Buenos Aires, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine Government deplored today a paid announcement on the vulture funds published by the Clarin and La Nacion newspapers asserting that the country undergoes a technical suspension of payments. Jorge Capitanich, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, asserted this morning that Argentina does not undergo a technical default, as stated by that announcement, because th ...

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Uruguay’s President Mujica says vulture funds are after Argentina’s oil

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica conveyed his concern at the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and held that the vulture funds intentions are related to the Vaca Muerta oilfields in the Province of Neuquen. He also said that the region’s countries should do something to help Argentina so that the confrontation with vulture funds would be “with the Americas and not only with Argentina.” Mujica made this remarks when ...

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Chronicle of a mess foretold: TTIP and TPP seen from Silo’s 1991 letter

The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and TTIP (The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, aka US-EU “Free” Trade Agreement) continue hurtling towards their coveted objective: to create the largest “free” trade zone ever seen in the world, in reality the largest US and Multinational Corporations area of total control. Nation states will be powerless to defend themselves (see Argentina v Vulture funds ...

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