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23 January 2012

After protest, Congress puts off movie piracy bill [USA]

Author: Jim Abrams, Associated Press

Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation...to stop online piracy of movies and music costing U.S. companies billions of dollars every year. Critics said the bills would...

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11 January 2012

Global Kaletra Campaign - A worldwide campaign to expand access to a vital HIV treatment

Author: Global Citizen

On November 10 [2011], public health groups in a dozen countries launched a global campaign to challenge Abbott Laboratories’ monopolistic hold on Kaletra (lopinavir+ritonavir), a critical HIV/AIDS medicine. The goal is to spur competition by generic...

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19 December 2011

[PDF] B-HRD Project Launches Special Feature on "Big Pharma" and Access to HIV/AIDS Drugs

Author: B-HRD (Business and Human Rights Documentation Project)

A new “In Focus” feature launched by the Business and Human Rights Documentation (B-HRD) Project details the tactics pursued by “Big Pharma” to protect patents for key drugs in India and Brazil, increasing costs of lifesaving drugs and frustrating ...

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1 November 2011

Course 14S12: Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Author: Human Rights Education Associates & Human Rights Centre - University for Peace

This short certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN Mandated University for Peace introduces participants to the increasingly significant field of indigenous peoples' rights and looks at the contemporary...

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21 September 2011

Battle of commercial interests confound fight against noncommunicable diseases

Author: David Brown, Washington Post

Behind...talks at the United Nations and a...document about the need to fight noncommunicable diseases...is a fierce struggle between commercial and health interests...Some of the issues...are the same ones at the heart of...the battle against smoking...

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6 September 2011
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Author: Julien Bouissou, Le Monde

...Novartis est de retour devant les tribunaux indiens pour tenter de faire breveter le Glivec, un médicament utilisé dans le traitement contre la leucémie, malgré trois refus déjà prononcés par la justice du pays...Elles devraient durer plusieurs mois...

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13 July 2011
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Author: Marie Kostrz, Rue89 [France]

Une centaine de pays pauvres vont enfin pouvoir accéder aux thérapies VIH à bas prix. Le laboratoire californien Gilead a accepté de confier les droits d'une partie de ses brevets à des fabricants de génériques. Un tournant dans le traitement du sida,...

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12 July 2011

Gilead Sciences joins Medicines Patent Pool - shareholders applaud the firm

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4 July 2011

Brazilian takes helm of FAO

Author: Jerry Hagstrom, Agweek

Jose Graziano da Silva, the director general-elect of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said...that he believes in genetic modification in agriculture but is opposed to individual companies being granted monopolies on genetically modified...

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26 May 2011

Facebook founder Zuckerberg tells G8 summit: don't regulate the web

Author: Patrick Wintour, Guardian [UK]

Leading internet figures have warned world political leaders against trying to regulate the web…Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, wearing a rare suit and tie, told leaders at the G8 that excessive regulation would not work…G8 leaders agreed a...

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