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Nigeria sues U.S. drug company Pfizer for $7 Billion

GINNEWS Anger at deadly Nigerian drug trials (BBC, 06-20-2007)Pharmaceutical trials in developing countries criticized (FCN, 06-11-2007)Nigeria: Drug Test - FG Sues Pfizer for $7 Billion (Daily Trust, 06-05-2007)Profit still trumps public health for ‘Big Pharma’ firms (FCN, 12/08/2006)Pharmaceutical cartel: How does it work? (FCN, 02/04/2004)Activists charge pharmaceutical cartel with being a tool for genocide (BBC, 01-20-2004) (GIN) - The pharmaceutical company...

U.S. allies in Middle East accused of rights abuses

NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - At least 14 Middle East and North African governments are systematically violating the civil liberties of their citizens, according to one of the most widely respected Arab nongovernmental organizations. In a March report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies said there have been “huge harassments of human...

Bush defends Israel; activists charge genocide

Death toll passes 1,000, over a third are children  Israel: No Friend of Obama (FCN, 01-13-2009)Outrage as Israel attacks schools, ambulances (FCN, 01-07-2009) (FinalCall.com) - Israel seized control of high-rise buildings and attacked houses, mosques and smuggling tunnels as it pressed its offensive against the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers on Jan. 5, while the U.S. joined a stream of countries pushing for a cease-fire. At...

Farrakhan and delegation celebrate Ramadan conclusion with Moscow Muslims

- Originally published: February 6, 1998 MOSCOW (FinalCall.com) - The temperature was 20  degrees. Icy winds blew a fresh dusting of snow among the 15,000 men and women who were standing tightly in ranks outside of the Central Mosque in this Russian capital city, listening to the proceedings inside over loudspeakers. Many of the faithful had removed their coats to use...

Billions pledged and raised but Haiti continues to suffer

(FinalCall.com) - January 12, 2010 at 4:53 p.m., a life-changing moment forever etched in the hearts, minds and souls of the people living in a small yet mighty island nation, nestled in the Caribbean. The world watched in shock and horror as the first images and reports surfaced about the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti, the...

Widespread Muslim skepticism of U.S. as democracy advocate

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS) - Despite continuous assurances that the United States favors democratic rule during the 18-month-old “Arab Spring,” majorities or pluralities in six predominantly Muslim countries see Washington as an obstacle to their democratic aspirations, according to a new survey. Indeed, Saudi Arabia is generally seen as a stronger advocate of democracy than the U.S. in all six nations,...

Putin: Syria chemical attack is ‘rebels’ provocation in hope of intervention’

By RT.com The alleged chemical weapons use in Syria is a provocation carried out by the rebels to attract a foreign-led strike, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the G20 summit. There was no 50/50 split of opinion on the notion of a military strike against the Syrian President Bashar Assad, Mr. Putin stressed refuting earlier assumptions. Only Turkey, Canada, Saudi Arabia...

Barbados planning to replace queen as head of state

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Barbados plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state and replace her with a ceremonial president from the Caribbean island, a former British territory once known as “Little England” for its colonial trappings. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced that the plan is to make Barbados a republic by November 2016 when the island of...

Spain opens 2nd migrant camp on overrun Gran Canaria island

BARCELONA, Spain—Spain’s government is scrambling to manage the steady stream of migrants to its Canary Islands from West Africa by opening a second holding camp, officials said Nov. 18, as political tensions rise in the Atlantic archipelago. The establishment of a second temporary migrant processing center on the island of Gran Canaria comes amid increasing criticism from local authorities and...

Honduras investigates murders of indigenous leaders

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Honduran authorities said Dec. 30 they are investigating the murders of two activists and Indigenous leaders killed in separate incidents. Felix Vasquez, a longtime environmental activist from the Lenca indigenous group, was shot by masked men in front of relatives Dec. 26 in his home in Santiago de Puringla. On Dec. 27, Jose Adan Medina was found shot to death...