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US Facing Mexico’s Ban on GM-Corn Imports
Timothy A. Wise: Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. ... agricultural policies have begun to favor Mexican producers, particularly small-scale farmers, and protect consumers alarmed by the rise of obesity and chronic diseases associated with high-fat, high-sugar processed foods ... In banning glyphosate, the decree cites the precautionary principle and the growing body of scientific research showing the dangers of the chemical ... citing the World Health Organization’s warning that the chemical is a “probable carcinogen.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 25, 2021, 2:55pm

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Why are Effective and Inexpensive Chinese and Russian Vaccines Unavailable in Much of the West?
Kim Petersen: China obviously has a historical background in strengthening the immune response of people. Yet, in the western media, one seldom reads or hears about the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines. Neither were we well informed about the effectiveness of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine ... western mass media has, apparently, been effective in stirring up a distrust of COVID-19 vaccines from China and Russia ... Back in October 2020, Fortune.com proclaimed in its headline: “World’s vaccine testing ground deems Chinese COVID candidate ‘the safest, most promising." ... why would governments play politics with the health of their populace?... Visit Website ]
Feb 16, 2021, 2:23pm

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“Our society is sick:” The Lancet condemns American capitalism
Andre Damon: On Thursday, the British medical journal The Lancet published its official report, three years in the making, on the Trump administration’s health care record. ... found the Trump administration directly responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people during the pandemic ... “An emboldened plutocracy, under the guise of deregulation and austerity, has augmented its wealth and power by re-regulating markets to their advantage and adjusting government budgets for their own gain” ... widening income inequality has widened inequalities in health ... “The suffering and dislocation inflicted by COVID-19 has exposed the frailty of the US social and medical order”... Visit Website ]
Feb 12, 2021, 2:45pm

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Farmers’ Protest in India: Price of Failure Will Be immense
Colin Todhunter: Globally, there is an ongoing trend of a handful of big companies determining what food is grown, how it is grown, what is in it and who sells it. This model involves highly processed food adulterated with chemical inputs ending up in large near-monopoly supermarket chains or fast-food outlets that rely on industrial-scale farming. ... this illusion of choice often comes at the expense of food security in poorer countries that were compelled to restructure their agriculture to facilitate agro-exports courtesy of the World Bank, IMF, the WTO and global agribusiness interests. ... trade policies had favoured a greater reliance on heavily processed and refined foods with a long shelf life ... the overweight and obesity emergency that Mexico faces could have been avoided... Visit Website ]
Feb 9, 2021, 3:49pm

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The Definitive Case for ‘Medicare For All’
Nathan J. Robinson: A new book from healthcare experts Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and Micah Johnson makes it clear that M4A is possible in the present—and more urgent than ever. ... M4A is a sensible alternative to the existing healthcare financing system ... The core problem is that U.S. healthcare costs people far too much money, and isn’t actually very good. ... the basic dysfunctions of the U.S. healthcare systems—multi-hundred-thousand dollar surprise bills, the search for “in network” providers, protracted negotiations with insurance companies, sudden losses of coverage, the endless confusing bureaucracy. ... care is being paid for by the government rather than a private company, but they are no less covered ... It’s socialized insurance... Visit Website ]
Feb 3, 2021, 3:58pm

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COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Want to Keep Getting Billions in Public Money With No Strings Attached
Julia Rock: Drug companies have received over $10 billion from the US government for COVID-19 vaccine production. Yet those companies weren’t required to offer their vaccines at fair prices or share intellectual property rights — and they want to keep it that way. ... BioNTech, the company Pfizer worked with to develop its COVID-19 vaccine, also received funding from the German government. ... the vaccines also contain wholly publicly developed technologies, raising questions about intellectual property rights... Visit Website ]
Feb 2, 2021, 4:42pm

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Beyond COVID-19: the Power Struggle Over Alternatives for Health Care Reform
John P. Geyman: Today we face the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resultant economic downturn and systemic racism—the triple crises that have exposed the serious problems of U. S. health care. It is now obvious to most observers that the system is broken ... We currently have three reform alternatives ... Build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Band Aid ... Medicare for Some; Variants of a Public Option -- Would leave a failing private health insurance industry in place... Medicare for All --- This is the most logical and only alternative that can bring universal coverage to accessible, affordable health care for our population... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2020, 3:05pm

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The ethics of deliberately infecting volunteers with Covid-19 to test vaccines
Sigal Samuel: They’re young. They’re healthy. And they want scientists to give them a candidate vaccine and then deliberately expose them to the coronavirus, so we can all find out faster whether the vaccine is effective. ... This is called a human challenge trial ... A challenge trial eliminates the whole wait-and-see period by vaccinating people, exposing them to the virus on the spot, and seeing how well the vaccine protects them. ... A human challenge trial is set to begin in London in January, assuming it gets final ethics and regulatory approval. ... So far, the US has not given the green light to such a trial... Visit Website ]
Nov 17, 2020, 12:32pm

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What’s Not Being Said About Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine
F. William Engdahl: The Pharma giant Pfizer has now announced what they claim were spectacular results in initial human tests. They use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision. ... Clearly the well-established Precautionary Principle–if in serious doubt, don’t– is being ignored by Fauci, Pfizer/BioNTech and others in rushing to approve the new mRNA vaccine for coronavirus. Messenger RNA technology has yet to produce an approved medicine, let alone a vaccine... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2020, 2:53pm

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Nuking Itself… How Russophobia Led the U.S. to Bomb its Own Citizens
Finian Cunningham: Generations of countless Americans have been contaminated and sickened by the first-ever atomic bomb test. The Trinity explosion on July 16, 1945, was carried out in the New Mexico desert. ... The American government conducted the explosion in secret, unbeknownst to the population of New Mexico. ... Incredibly, there has never been a federal investigation into establishing the human health impact from that atomic test explosion. ... It is one of the poorest states in the U.S., with large numbers of native Americans and Latinos. In selecting the test site for the A-bomb, there was a tacit racism among planners in Washington who viewed the area and its population as expendable... Visit Website ]
Oct 26, 2020, 2:46pm

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The U.S. Still Uses Dozens of Hazardous Pesticides Banned in Other Countries
Pramod Acharya: Phorate, for example—the “extremely hazardous” insecticide that is most used in the U.S.—is banned in 38 countries, including China, Brazil and India. ... A total of about 400 dif­fer­ent agri­cul­tur­al pes­ti­cides were used in the Unit­ed States in 2017, the lat­est year data is avail­able. More and more pes­ti­cides have been used because they ​“con­tribute to high­er yields and improved prod­uct qual­i­ty by con­trol­ling weeds, insects, nema­todes, and plant pathogens,” accord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. ... How­ev­er, the USDA not­ed, pes­ti­cides pose con­se­quences for people’s health and the environment... Visit Website ]
Oct 19, 2020, 2:31pm

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Speaking to Cuban Doctors Who Heal the World
Vijay Prashad: The United States government has continued attacking Cuban medical internationalism right up to the current pandemic, making wild allegations against the program that disparage the medical workers. ... Dr. Daymarelis Ortega Rodríguez, the chief of the Henry Reeve brigade in Barbados, told me that her work in the brigade gives her “immense pride.” “I enlisted to be part of this brigade by my own will,” she said, “not as a slave or exploited person. I am a fighter for life, for peace, and for human welfare.” ... This year, the Henry Reeve brigade celebrates 15 years of work, although Cuban medical internationalism goes back to 1960... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2020, 12:13pm

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What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point
Don Fitz: Throughout the expansion of health care, both inside the country and internationally, Cuban doctors used “allopathic” medicine (based largely on drugging and cutting, which is the focus of US medical schools). But they simultaneously incorporated traditional healing and preventive medicine as well as respecting practices of other cultures. ... In contrast, the call for Medicare-for-All by the left in Democratic Party is a demand for Allopathy-for-US-Citizens. It would extend corporate-driven health care, but with no fundamental change towards holistic and community medicine. ... Is the idea of a radical health care transformation even worth talking about ... Health care is not genuine health care if it fails to be health-care-for-the-world... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2020, 11:24am

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We Gawk at Nonsense Political Theater While the Real Enemies Go Unnoticed
Lee Camp: Looking beyond the distractions, one can see what really matters, like detecting cancer. They found a way to detect cancer years before symptoms arise, which generally means when it’s exponentially more treatable. Hypothetically this could save millions upon millions of lives. So why is it not plastered all over our nightly news? ... Could it be — hypothetically — that there’s not wall-to-wall reporting on this because there’s too much money in treating cancer? ... We have the proof. The leaked Goldman Sachs memo to top investors telling them not to invest in cures because curing illnesses is bad for business... Visit Website ]
Aug 26, 2020, 2:08pm

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Our Planet Missed Opportunity to Fight side-by-side against the Pandemic!
Andre Vltchek: COVID-19 has been dangerously politicized. ... Dr. Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford and a visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia. ... China actually tried to forge a global alliance against COVID-19, and so did Russia. ... This does not look like a good world. ... COVID-19 ruined countless lives. But at least now it is clear, who is who, what is the gangrenous essence of corporatism and imperialism... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2020, 2:51pm


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