January 30, 2015
That´s why the second edition of MSF vaccine pricing report, released on January 20th is so valuable.We have included the accompanying text provided by MSF and uploaded the full report in the Reports sections. As usual, hyperlinks and background information from this blog, @OnadaExpansiva and other sources have been included at the end of the post.
|SourcePakistani family gives Congress an unprecedented account of effect of CIA drone attacks on their community The Independent October 30th 2013|
Labels: Afghanistan, Drones, France, Iraq, Pakistan English, Somalia, Summary executions, UK, US
January 16, 2015
November 29 2014
More updated info on @OnadaExpansiva #Bahrain @P4HR
November 18, 2014
The Role of Health Professionals in Detainee Interrogation
October 26th , 2013
Brussels Business. Who (really) runs the European Union?
Labels: capitalism, corporations, Documentary, EU, lobbies, The Brussels Business, transparency
Drug Price Guide and TB report
|An example on how the guide works out the price of a given medicine More info at International Drug Price Indicator Guide|
Bolivia Ministerio de Salud y Deportes
Costa Rica Gerencia de División Médica,Gerencia de Operaciones y Departamento de Farmacoterapia de la C.C.S.S.
El Salvador Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social
Dominican Republic Central de Apoyo Logístico Programa de Medicamentos Esenciales (PROMESE/CAL)
Guatemala Dirección Normativa de Contrataciones y Adquisiciones del Estado
Honduras Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de Salud
Nicaragua Unidad de Adquisiciones del Ministerio de Salud
Peru Ministerio de Salud (DIGEMID)
Caribbean Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (OECS/PPS)
Central America Sistema de Integración Centroamericana(SICA)
Note Communication elaborated by Jaume Vidal distributed through ECONMED in November 2012
|Cover of the updated reprot on Availabilty of DR-TB drugs by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (Access Campaign)and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease|
A Secret Subsidy – Oil companies, the Navy and the response to Piracy. Platform London October 2012
- The shipping industry presents itself as under attack but even at its height, less then 1% of tankers travelling through the Gulf of Aden were hijacked – the number is now much lower.
- Oil and gas companies are demanding a military subsidy to protect their profits at a time of public spending cutbacks.
- The EU’s anti–piracy operation has had Merchant Navy Liaison Officers from BP and Shell seconded to it. This means oil companies are helping determine exactly where European naval resources are deployed.
- The Chamber of Shipping and Shell are lobbying the government for vessel protection detachments of military personnel to commercial ships. This would mean British naval officers acting as private security guards, while commercial vessels would be transformed into warships. Shell has actively lobbied for increased spending on warship construction at a time of existing cutbacks to military budgets.
- In effect, private multinationals have used their powerful position to secure a hidden subsidy from the public purse, in a context of heavy austerity measures.
- DIRTY WORK: Shell Security Spending in Nigeria and Beyondby Ben Amunwa, Platform. August 2012 Platform, Justice in Nigeria Now (JINN), SpinWatch
- Shell's security spending in 2008: mapped Lisa EvansThe Guardian Data Blog August 2012
- The Rise of Private Maritime Security Companies David Isenberg Huffignton Post May 2012
- Pirates and privateers: managing the Indian Ocean's private security boom James Brown Lowy Institute for International Policy September 2012
|Downloadable map showing private counter-piracy forces - Lowy Institute.|
January 7, 2013
Labels: B'Tselem, Documentary, English, human rights, Israel, Ocuppied Territories, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
July 28, 2012
By JULES BOYKOFF and ALAN TOMLINSON
Published: July 4, 2012
But behind the spectacle of athletic prowess and global harmony, brass-knuckle politics and brute economics reign. At this nexus sits the International Olympic Committee, which promotes the games and decides where they will be held. Though the I.O.C. has been periodically tarnished by scandal — usually involving the bribing and illegitimate wooing of delegates — those embarrassments divert us from a deeper problem: the organization is elitist, domineering and crassly commercial at its core.
November 14, 2011
On November 9th Human Rights Watch issued an extensive 212-page report, Neither rights nor security, on the human rights consequences of the War on Drugs in Mexico, officially (greater involvement of the Mexican Army) in its sixth year. In the wake of the death of Mr. Francisco Blake Mora, Mexico's Interior Minister in an apparent helicopter accident and the widening of the ATF gun running sting operation (Fast and Furious)scandal in US Congress. The report examines the rising numbers of enforced disappearances, arbitrary killings and torture cases attributed to State forces (both Police and Military), also noting violence exerted by Non-State actors against civilian population.
|Killing on the name of...The so-called war on drugs being waged by Mexican military and police forces has translated into thousands of civilian deaths. US authorities have yet to publicly reprimand or express concern about the widespread human rights violations happening right now south of their border. Source Voice of Mexico |
Killings, Torture, and Disappearances in Mexico’s “War on Drugs”
It has been nearly five years since President Felipe Calderón declared “war” organized crime in Mexico. In the time since, the country has experienced a staggering rise in violence. After declining steadily for nearly two decades, the overall homicide rate grew by over 260% percent from 2007 to 2010.
October 28, 2011
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis at Gocomic
September 8, 2011
|Troy Davis, in death row since 1991|
August 27, 2011
August 23, 2011
A good NYT piece on Monday August 22nd on Michelle Rhee, former DC Public Schools Chancellor, and one of the most vocal proponents of the need for reform of the education system in the US with a strong anti-union approach.
|Reliance on test data, key element of the No Child Left Behind initiative, to asses students and teachers performance has contributed to the reported increased of cheating cases in several US school districts. Source crooks and liars|
August 19, 2011
Zizek on 2005 riots in France's banlieues. A politically incorrect (and timely necessary) reflexion.
|Looking for a political voice, somewhere near Paris at dawn in November 2005 Picture from La Banlieue en replay|
August 12, 2011
|Manuel Cepeda Vargas, Senator of the Patriotic Union (UP), was murdered in Bogota, Colombia on August 9, 1994 Picture from Semana|
August 11, 2011
|Soon available in any location.|
August 7, 2011
|Africa´s political map from Nationsonline|
August 5, 2011
US under fire for running 'little Gitmos'
July 21, 2011
|Heavy Downloader, Aaron Swarts, co-founder of Demand Progress indicted by US authorities on July 19th accused of downloading thousands of academic papers and making them available to a wider audience Picture from Wikipedia|
July 16, 2011
America's 'detainee 001' – the persecution of John Walker Lindh
July 13, 2011
Until now, soldiers have been tried by military tribunals.
Activists hailed the decision but highlighted shortcomings in Mexico's civilian courts.
The Supreme Court set out restrictions on the extent of the military code of justice in Mexico.
"Whenever a civilian's human rights have been violated by the armed forces, jurisdiction will be in civil courts," said Supreme Court Justice Arturo Zaldivar.
The justices agreed that "Mexican judges should apply the criteria of restricting military justice in future cases", a court statement said. Over the last few years, allegations of abuses by soldiers have become more frequent. In many cities in Mexico, the army has policing powers and direct contact with the population.
Soldiers have been accused of opening fire on civilians at checkpoints in areas where drug gangs operate, and of carrying out illegal arrests and searches.