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Protesting  spreads through Africa over India’s proposed law on drug patents

GINNEWS India/Africa: Threat to Generic Drugs (Africa Focus, 03-07-2005)Drug Patents Draw Scrutiny as Bush Goes to Africa (CorpWatch, 07-09-2003) (GIN) - Protestors in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and other countries are denouncing a move by India, a key producer and exporter of generic anti-retroviral drugs, to pass new legislation that could eventually force inexpensive AIDS drugs off the market. Protestors, in Uganda and...

Bolton’s nomination could signal return of ‘unipolarism’

JIM.LOBE John R. Bolton Profile (International Relations Center)Guidance to America and the World in a Time of Trouble (Min. Louis Farrakhan, 05-03-2004) WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - Many observers, both here and in European capitals, expected that President George Bush's second term would see a modest turn toward multilateralism and a new readiness to compromise on key issues with traditional U.S. allies. Today,...

6.4 Earthquake hits Iran, aid workers rush to help victims

UNNEWS Centre Race to reach Iran quake victims (BBC, 02-22-2005)Latest list of major worldwide earthquakes (USGS) United Nations agencies are organizing assessment missions to the area of central Iran where an earthquake killed and injured hundreds early today, and first staff reports said many villages had been destroyed, bad weather may impede aid efforts and immediate needs included tents, water and food. In...

Bush accused of attack on environmental laws

NEW YORK (IPS)–The Bush administration is intensifying its assault on key environmental protection, according to a new analysis by natural resource activists. The report, released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), cites changes to the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and the end to requirements for environmental review and public feedback when considering logging,...

Russian hate crimes escalate

MOSCOW (IPS)–For Nigerian Okaro Davidson Chibo, 35, a seemingly harmless ride in the Moscow subway ended up quite ugly. In late January, he was beaten up and seriously injured by four young Muscovites. The police detained four suspects and indicated the youngsters probably belonged to a group of skinheads with racist, right-wing views. It was not an...

Sudan delegation returns; Findings reflect new UN report: no genocide in Darfur

FCN Editorial - Clear the cloud of confusion over Sudanese conflict (02-10-2005)EU restores ties with Sudan and offers aid (FCN, 02-09-2005) WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The ongoing high profile condemnations in this country of the Sudanese government are “counterproductive and inaccurate,” according to a group of Black media, human rights and community leaders who have just returned from that country....

Fight for reparations continue in Jamaica

MONTEGO BAY (IPS)–Although she is busy organizing a national conference on reparations for African slavery and helping collate information on its economic impact in Jamaica, Barbara Blake Hannah is sure that the project will not be completed soon. "It's not a tomorrow thing. I'm talking about for my grandchildren, but it has to begin now," she stresses. Ms. Blake...

U.S. companies profit from war in northern Iraq

INCIRLIK, Turkey (IPS)–Every day United States Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons roar aloft over the Kurdish quarter of the city of Adana, about an hour's drive inland from the Mediterranean coast of central Turkey, to patrol the skies over Northern Iraq. The jet pilots are catered and housed at the Incirlik military base...

BBC’s Survey says U.S. president is dangerous

(FinalCall.com) - A majority of people who responded to questions from the BBC's World Service global poll said they feared that the 43rd president of the United States may do more harm than good. The survey, which took place from Nov. 15 to Jan. 5, polled 500 to 1,800 people in each nation. The margin of error in extrapolating the...

World reacts to second term of George W. Bush

Mandela blasts George Bush as threat world peace (Commondreams News, 01-30-2003) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - George W. Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States on January 20, but the Arab press did not react to his inaugural speech until Jan. 22. The papers generally said Mr. Bush's commitment to spread freedom and democracy...