‘Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of painkillers — more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year — as the country’s prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.
That’s enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering.
As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year — more than from heroin and cocaine combined.’
- Unintended consequences: Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin
- States With Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Overdose Deaths
- States with medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription overdose deaths
- Reversing the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
- Denver mom survives darkness of prescription drug abuse epidemic
- Painkiller prescription rates vary widely among states
- CDC: Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths
- The Cost Of Creating A New Drug Now $5 Billion, Pushing Big Pharma To Change
- Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Take Prescription Drugs
- Three Unlikely Groups Hit Hard by the Prescription Drug Epidemic
- Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.
- A Glut of Antidepressants
- A Tale of Two Drugs
- Deadly Medicine
- Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
- US veterans being pumped full of addictive opiates
- CDC: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
- CDC: Prescription Drug Use Continues to Increase
- Why do Americans consume 80% of world’s painkiller drugs?
- Maybe we should blame teenagers for our health spending problems
- Gov’t Fails to Oversee Treatment of Foster Children With Mind-Altering Drugs
- Antidepressant use in pregnancy may raise autism risk
- Why Medication Can Be Dangerous to Your Health
‘It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the army of drug company lobbyists in Washington continues to gain political influence and rake in corporate welfare at the expense of taxpayers. The drug industry goes beyond crony capitalism when it then charges Americans the highest drug prices in the world.
Here is a short list of the honey pot produced by the lobbying muscle of the $300 billion a year pharmaceutical industry. It receives billions of dollars in tax credits for doing research and development that it should be doing anyway. Some companies reaped billions of dollars in revenues when they were granted exclusive rights to market a drug, such as Taxol, developed by the government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH). These corporations turn around and gouge patients without any price controls or royalties to NIH.
The pharmaceutical industry spends far more on marketing and advertising to physicians and patients than what it spends on research and development. More drug industry funds go to influencing politicians to prevent the implementation of price restraints on its staggering markups.’
‘China has fined the British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $488.8 million (3 billion Yuan) for a “massive bribery network” to get doctors and hospitals to use its products. Five former employees were sentenced to two to four years in jail, but ordered deported instead of imprisoned, according to state news agency Xinhua today.
The guilty verdict was delivered after a one day closed door trail in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province. The fine was the biggest ever imposed by a Chinese court.
The court gave Mark Reilly, former head of GSK Chinese operations, a three-year prison sentence with a four-year reprieve, which meant he is set to be deported instead of serving his time in a Chinese jail. His co-defendants received two to four years prison sentences with reprieves.’
- Royal Bank of Scotland chairman to move to GlaxoSmithKline
- Be careful what you wish for if you demand change at the top of GSK
- Bribery scandal dents Big Pharma sales in China, GSK hardest hit
- GlaxoSmithKline faces fresh drug bribery claims in Syria (and other countries)
- Investigator: Systematic bribery at GlaxoSmithKline China ‘credible’
- Glaxo’s China Scandal Exposes Big-Pharma’s Ugly Underworld
- UK drug company Glaxo ‘paid bribes to Polish doctors’
- From 2012: GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs sales
- From 2012: GlaxoSmithKline’s bribes are evidence that Big Pharma isn’t working
- SourceWatch: GlaxoSmithKline
‘[...] Few would oppose a robust U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, but the militarized nature of the White House plan comes in the context of a broader U.S.-led militarization of the region. The soldiers in Liberia, after all, will not be the only American troops on the African continent. In the six years of AFRICOM’s existence, the U.S. military has steadily and quietly been building its presence on the continent through drone bases and partnerships with local militaries. This is what’s known as the “new normal“: drone strikes, partnerships to train and equip African troops (including those with troubled human rights records), reconnaissance missions, and multinational training operations.
To build PR for its military exercises, AFRICOM relies on soft-power tactics: vibrant social media pages, academic symposia, and humanitarian programming. But such militarized humanitarianism—such as building schools and hospitals and responding to disease outbreaks—also plays more strategic, practical purpose: it allows military personnel to train in new environments, gather local experience and tactical data, and build diplomatic relations with host countries and communities.
- Ebola: US Military Struggles To Keep Pace With Racing Virus
- AFRICOM’s Ebola response and the militarization of humanitarian aid
- France to set up military hospital to fight Ebola in West Africa
- Obama’s Ebola military operation raises concern in Africa
- What 3,000 American Troops Will Be Doing To Fight Ebola In Africa
- The US and France Are Teaming Up to Fight A Sprawling War on Terror in Africa
- Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa
- 2008: US shifts on Africom base plans
‘The variety of the craft-brewing wave sweeping the US makes drinking beer more fun than ever. Maine’s Flying Dog Brewery brews a beer from local oysters, and the Delaware-based Dogfish Head uses an ancient beer recipe they dug up from 2,700-year-old drinking vessels in the tomb of King Midas.
But as this trend spreads, there’s another revolution going on that’s concentrating most of the world’s beer into the hands of just a few mega-corporations. These kings of beer are riding the wave of craft brewing enthusiasm, buying up smaller breweries, and duping customers along the way.’
- Who Really Owns Your Craft Beer?
- Carlos Brito: (Brew)master of the Universe
- Are We in Danger of a Beer Monopoly?
- Beer Map: Two Giant Brewers, 210 Brands
- US sues to block brewery takeover
- Big Beer dresses up in craft brewers’ clothing
- One Company Will Soon Control Half of the U.S. Beer Market
- The Plot to Destroy America’s Beer
‘A group of American families is suing football’s governing body Fifa for putting children who head the ball at risk of concussion, according to a report. The lawsuit, filed in California, accuses the sport’s administrators of acting “carelessly and negligently”.
It is not seeking financial compensation, but wants to see a limit on the number of times young players are allowed to head the ball among a number of other rules designed to protect children, according to The Daily Telegraph. Ben Pepper, a personal injury lawyer at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said the case might prompt people in the UK to consider legal action.’
‘A packaging-free supermarket has opened in Berlin, targeting eco-minded consumers by positioning itself as a “zero waste” store.
The concept of “Original Unverpackt” is simple: there is none of the usual superfluous supermarket packaging which either requires extreme levels of urban recycling or results in waste.
Instead, customers bring their own containers (tubs and recycled bags can be bought at the store) and help themselves to dry goods and non-foodstuff items which are stored in giant bins and dispensers.’
‘How outrageous, how heartbreaking, how truly grotesque! Windhoek City – the capital of Namibia – is, at one extreme full of flowers and Mediterranean-style villas, and at the other, it is nothing more than a tremendous slum without water or electricity.
And in between, there is the town center– with its Germanic orderly feel, boasting ‘colonial architecture’, including Protestant churches and commemorative plaques mourning those brave German men, women and children, those martyrs, who died during the uprisings and wars conducted by local indigenous people.
The most divisive and absurd of those memorials is the so-called “Equestrian Monument”, more commonly known as “The Horse” or under its German original names, Reiterdenkmal and Südwester Reiter (Rider of South-West). It is a statue inaugurated on 27 January 1912, which was the birthday of the German emperor Wilhelm II. The monument “honors the soldiers and civilians that died on the German side of the Herero and Namaqua ‘War’ of 1904–1907’”.
That ‘war’ was not really a war; it was nothing more than genocide, a holocaust.
And Namibia was a prelude to what German Nazis later tried to implement on European soil.’
- Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich (Documentary)
- Namibia Scraps German Place Names
- Memories of genocide at the hands of Germany fuels radicalism in Namibia
- Namibia crowds welcome colonial-era skulls from Germany
- Remembering German crimes in Namibia
- How Namibia’s Liberator Turned Into Its Oppressor (Documentary)
- Herero and Namaqua Genocide
‘Coal miners in Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia are contracting serious cases of black lung disease at rates not seen since the early 1970s — just after preventive regulations were enacted, according to a study published Monday.
Only 15 years ago, progressive massive fibrosis — an advanced form of black lung for which there is no cure — was virtually eradicated, health researchers say. But now, the prevalence of the disease in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia is at levels not seen in 40 years… Black lung is caused by the excessive inhalation of coal dust.’
‘The debate over whether diet sodas are good, bad or just OK for us never seems to end. Some research suggests zero-calorie drinks can help people cut calories and fend off weight gain. But in recent years, the idea that artificial sweeteners may trick the brain and lead to “metabolic derangements,” as one researcher has theorized, has gained traction, too.
Now, a new study published in the journal Nature introduces a new idea: Diet sodas may alter our gut microbes in a way that increases the risk of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes — at least in some of us. In the paper, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel describe what happened when they fed zero-calorie sweeteners, including saccharin, aspartame and sucralose, to mice.’
‘Active travel’ such as cycling or walking to the bus stop improves well-being, while those who get behind the wheel of a car feel under strain and less able to concentrate, the University of East Anglia suggests.
While most commuters associate public transport with cramped Tube carriages and delays, it appears that they are better off than those in their cars. Including some form of exercise in the daily commute, whether it’s cycling the entire way or simply walking to the train station, improves mental well-being as well as physical. ‘Switching off’ during a ride on public transport is also beneficial.’
‘It’s 2014, and a national magazine has a cover story about how African immigrants might spread a deadly virus in the United States, thanks to the peculiar and unsanitary food they eat. The cover image is a photo of a chimpanzee.
Yes, this really happened.
“A Back Door For Ebola: Smuggled Bushmeat Could Spark a US Epidemic” read the headline on the August 29 Newsweek, a profoundly shocking image and message that immediately drew criticism.
But the problems of the piece were bigger than just the cover. The piece is built around the idea that illegally imported “bushmeat”–what we would call “wild game” if it were being eaten in the United States–could carry the deadly Ebola virus.’
‘The World Health Organization is warning that the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than relief workers can manage. The organization says that thousands are at risk of contracting the virus in the coming weeks and more medical professionals are urgently needed to help contain the outbreak. So far, Ebola has claimed some 2,400 lives and continues to ravage Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It is the worst outbreak since the virus was discovered in 1976. Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after efforts to transfer her abroad for treatment failed. The loss is a major setback for the impoverished country, which is already suffering from a shortage of healthcare workers. Since the Ebola outbreak began, approximately 144 healthcare professionals have died while serving affected populations. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations.’ (Democracy Now!)
- Laurie Garrett: We Could Have Stopped This
- We Could Have Stopped This, CDC Expert Says
- World Health Organization: West Africa Ebola cases could double every 3 weeks
- WHO: $1 billion needed to keep Ebola infections within the ‘tens of thousands
- Ebola: ‘In decades of humanitarian work, I’ve never seen such suffering’
- Stabbing With Syringe in Nigeria Raises Concerns of Ebola as Weapon
- Main Ebola Treatment Centre In Liberia Turning Away Sick People
- Why the World Health Organization Doesn’t Have Enough Funds to Fight Ebola
- New Ebola vaccine approved for human trials
- Sierra Leone’s planned Ebola lockdown could ‘spread disease further’
- Liberia doctors strike, UN warns of food shortages due to Ebola
- Major quarantine and experimental vaccines to curb Ebola
- The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance (Book)
‘The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,400 people during the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, spreads through contact with bodily fluids. That means you can catch it from infected blood, for example, or if you come in contact with vomit from an Ebola patient.
You can’t catch it from breathing in the same air as someone suffering from Ebola — at least you can’t right now. But as the virus continues to spread and mutate, could airborne transmission become a concern? Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, raised that possibility in a New York Times op-ed last week.’
- What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola
- Virologist: Fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia is lost
- Is Ebola mutating with unknown consequences before our eyes?
- Ebola has up to an 18% chance of coming to America (but you don’t need to worry)
- If Ebola Arrives In The U.S., Stopping It May Rely On Controversial Tools
- Possible evacuation of Americans infected with Ebola triggers fears in U.S.
- Executive Order — Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases
‘The distrust in the government is deeply rooted in anger at years of corruption and a lack of accountability within the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said Rodney Sieh, editor-in-chief of FrontPage Africa, a Liberian daily newspaper. Sirleaf, who became president in 2006, after the end of Liberia’s brutal civil war, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her role in the “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” But the ghosts of the nation’s past soon began to haunt her administration. In 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia recommended Sirleaf be forbidden from holding public office for thirty years because she previously backed Charles Taylor, the guerilla leader responsible for many of the atrocities committed during the war. Sirleaf remained in power. Her fellow Nobel laureate, Leymah Gbowee, resigned from her role in the commission and publicly distanced herself from the president in 2012.’
‘Former state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) resigned his position as first vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party late on Sunday evening amid criticism of comments he made on his radio show about women on welfare.
[...] His ideas are far from being on the fringe. They in fact help inform our policies. The Nixon administration pushed through funding for serializations in the 1970s aimed mostly a low-income people, usually women of color, and many were done involuntarily. And while it may sound like long-ago history, the practice of sterilizing low-income women hasn’t been entirely done away with. Between 2005 and 2013, 39 tubal ligations were given to women in California’s prison system without full consent. The majority of those were performed by Dr. James Heinrich, who has said of the practice, “Over a ten-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children — as they procreated more.” The state is now considering banning inmate sterilization.’
‘A senior U.S. diplomat told me recently that if Russia were to occupy all of Ukraine and even neighboring Belarus that there would be zero impact on U.S. national interests. The diplomat wasn’t advocating that, of course, but was noting the curious reality that Official Washington’s current war hysteria over Ukraine doesn’t connect to genuine security concerns.
So why has so much of the Washington Establishment – from prominent government officials to all the major media pundits – devoted so much time this past year to pounding their chests over the need to confront Russia regarding Ukraine? Who is benefiting from this eminently avoidable – yet extremely dangerous – crisis? What’s driving the madness?’
- Losing Credibility: The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine
- Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout
- Do We Have To Destroy Ukraine In Order To Save It?
- GM Food, Ukraine and the Return of Hill + Knowlton
- IMF loan for Ukraine may give Monsanto t a backdoor into EU
- Putin: Ukraine’s transition to EU trade will cost €165bn
- Bankrupt Ukraine Announces $3 Billion Increase in Military Spending
- Ukraine’s president prepares to sell assets via Rothschild-report
- Ukraine Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta Resigns
- PM Yatseniuk: Ukraine conflict is draining economy, hampering reforms
- Ukrainian government to privatize all enterprises except strategic
- What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict?
- Infographic: Infrastructure damage in Ukraine’s east is massive blow to economy
- Ukraine’s currency is collapsing, and there isn’t much it can do to stop it
- Ukraine’s Currency Drop May Swell Emergency Bailout Needs
- K Street’s Russian sanctions bonanza
- What Wiki-Leaked Cables Reveal About Ukraine’s New President
- Beneath the Ukraine Crisis: Shale Gas
- With friends like the IMF and EU, Ukraine doesn’t need enemies
- Ukraine Wants to Become the Silicon Valley of Europe
- Was The Price Of Ukraine’s “Liberation” The Handover Of Its Gold To The Fed?
‘Canadian documentary photographer Michelle Siu records “vulnerable people and disenfranchised cultures.” In the past that has meant the First Nations people of Lake St. Martin in Manitoba, who have been displaced from their land by flooding, or the destruction wrought upon the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan. In her series, “Marlboro Boys,” the disaster is man-made.’
‘A team of researchers from Lund University in Sweden has identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that come from the honey stomach of bees, and are found in fresh honey, that have an impressive ability to fight pathogens. The honey stomach is one of two stomachs found in bees, and it stores nectar, which worker bees later suck out and store in the hive.
Together, these live bacteria produce a number of active microbial compounds, such as hydrogen peroxide, fatty acids and anaesthetics, that can kill other harmful bacteria – it’s believed that this is the formula that protects the bee colony against collapse. Unfortunately, these LAB are processed out of the honey we buy in shops, but the researchers now believe they could be used to help treat anitibiotic resistance.’
‘The last 12 months have seen a surge of attacks against the EU’s precautionary principle. Some law firms consider it as a potential obstacle to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and UK Conservative MEP Julie Girling considers that “the EU’s expanding embrace of `precautionary’ regulation… may well be the biggest threat” to an agreement being signed off.
Last October, 12 CEOs of mainly chemical companies wrote to the presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament, calling for the formal adoption of an “innovation principle” as a counterbalance to “precautionary legislation”, because they were concerned that “the necessary balance of precaution and proportion is increasingly being replaced by a simple reliance on the precautionary principle and the avoidance of technological risk.’
- Report: Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation
- Constructing “Sound Science” and “Good Epidemiology”: Tobacco, Lawyers, and Public Relations Firms
- A reply to a “common sense” intervention by toxicology journal editors
- Deficits in US and European chemicals legislation
- WHO/UNEP Report: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
- Berlaymont Declaration on Endocrine Disrupters
- Conservative MEP: The Junk Science Threat to Free Trade
‘Pesticide drift is a serious concern for organic farmers and they’ve come up with several defences, such as buffer strips. Twelve states are part of a registry of farms that tips off aerial and ground sprayers to areas they need to avoid. The aerial spraying industry and pesticide manufacturers, meanwhile, say they’ve made big strides in controlling drift through pilot education and new technologies.
Organic and specialty crop growers are trying to profit off the rising consumer interest in locally grown, natural foods. But those smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.’
‘When economists talk about how a market “regulates itself,” what they mean is that markets reach an equilibrium between supply and demand.
This says nothing about whether or not this equilibrium will be a good thing for society. It simply states that if consumers choose what to buy and producers choose what to sell and how to produce it, the market settles on a product distribution and prices.
Lately, many people I know have argued that “free markets” mean something more. They see markets as ethically right or ethically moral, meaning pursuit of profit always somehow leads to a greater good.
Unfortunately, morality isn’t built into markets.’
- Oxfam report: 85 people own more than the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet
- Chemical Spill Muddies Picture in a State Wary of Regulations
- Six months after Bangladeshi factory collapse, workers remain in peril
- Families of trapped Chilean miners to sue mining firm
- E-Mails Suggest Merck Knew Vioxx’s Dangers at Early Stage
- Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (Documentary)
- The Corporation (Documentary)
- The Morality of Capitalism (Book)
- What Isn’t for Sale?
Editor’s Note: Long may the slump continue. Why so many people are obsessed with the shite that McDonald’s serves has always been baffling. I hear people say “it’s great hangover food” but the last time I had some of their “food” it gave me a bloody hangover! And it’s not just the food that leaves you feeling sick, it’s the company as a whole and the way it has operated over the years.
‘McDonald’s posted its worst monthly sales decline in more than a decade in August, according to new figures the company released Tuesday, as same-store sales dropped precipitously in Asia and ebbed across the rest of the world.
Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa led the downturn, with a 14.5% drop in sales in August. The overall sales drop of 3.7% was the worst since February of 2003, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sales fell fastest in China and Japan, after news broke of a supplier in Shanghai attempting to pass off expired meat to its customers, most prominently, McDonald’s.’
- McDonald’s Monthly Sales Slump Worst Since 2003
- McDonald’s Is Losing the Happy Meal Crowd
- McDonald’s sales hit by China meat scandal
- Fast food workers fight for $15 minimum wage
- Consumer Reports: McDonald’s burger ranked worst in the U.S.
- Nutritionists’ Annual Confab Was Catered for by McDonald’s
- The Onion Creates An Advert for McDonald’s
- This Is How McDonald’s Makes Chicken McNuggets
- Happy Meal shows no sign of decomposing after 6 months
- McDonald’s and PepsiCo to help write UK health policy
- Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Book)
- Fast Food Nation (Book)
- Super Size Me (Documentary)
‘A memorial to the 300,000 victims of Nazi euthanasia programs was opened in Berlin this week. It is striking piece of modern architecture: a 30-metre-long wall of blue glass in the open air near the Berlin Philharmonic.
[...] The regime had several methods of killing the mentally and physically disabled: starvation, lethal injections or chambers filled with carbon monoxide gas. The so-called T4 program became a trial run for the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other death camps. About 70,000 of the deaths occurred at the program’s headquarters at Tiergartenstrasse 4 in Berlin, thus giving the program its name, Aktion T4.’
‘[...] To be absolutely clear: Down’s syndrome is not hereditary. So it cannot be bred out. So the belief that it is immoral to keep a Down’s syndrome child is not strictly a eugenic position. But the moral revulsion that we have at eugenics has little to do with genetics and everything to do with the way it treats the most vulnerable. For the problem with eugenics, like Dawkins’s belief that it is immoral to keep a baby with Down’s syndrome, is that it contains an implicit idea of what a better sort of human being might look like. It may seem obvious to Professor Dawkins that a tall athletic child with straight As at school is to be preferred to, let’s say, a child who has slanted eyes and a flat nasal bridge and is academically less adept, but it is not obvious to me. Morally, the category of the human ought to be entirely indivisible: all being of equal worth, irrespective of wealth, colour, class, ability. Some people are better at sport or sums, but nobody is better at being human, neither are there better sorts of human beings.’
- Richard Dawkins apologises for causing storm with Down’s syndrome tweet
- Dawkins disses Down syndrome babies
- Richard Dawkins on Eugenics in 2012
- War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race (Book)
- The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics (Book)
- How eugenics poisoned the welfare state
- Eugenics: the skeleton that rattles loudest in the left’s closet
- Marie Stopes: a turbo-Darwinist ranter, but right about birth control
‘The Coca-Cola Company is, of course, a capitalist company meaning that its goal is to make money virtually any way possible. It’s good at this. Its market cap today is $168.7 billion according to Forbes. Since it’s founding in the late 1800’s it is now known to be the most recognized product in the world. Its goal of making money is accomplished regardless of the consequences be it environmental degradation, pollution, abuse of and destabilizing water use, worker assassinations, discrimination in the work place, or the health of individuals drinking its product, to name but a few. Promoting a product that requires purchase by huge numbers of individuals in order to make a profit necessitates deliberate efforts at creating a positive public image. It’s good at that also but it is simultaneously considered by some as one of the most evil corporations in the world – a designation that suits it well.
Living in Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola, the time has come for me to begin writing about the company, as Alex Cockburn had wanted. The purpose of this article on Coca-Cola is to share an assortment of some of my personal experiences with the corporation in the past few decades in reference to Atlanta, South Africa and the Philippines. For a fairly comprehensive list of criticisms against The Coca-Cola Company throughout the world that I won’t be referring to please go to: Killer Coke.’
- Killer Coke
- Burp! Pepsi v Coke in the Ice Cold War (Documentary)
- Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Book)
- Nazi Germany and Coca-Cola: An Unholy Alliance
- God’s Capitalist : Asa Candler of Coca-Cola (Book)
- Coca-Cola and Water – An Unsustainable Relationship
- Coca-Cola Expansion Plans Rejected in India
- Coca-Cola Forced to Abandon $25 Million Project in India
‘The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned the number of Ebola cases could rise to 20,000 as doctors in Liberia say the deadly virus is now spreading so rapidly they can no longer deal with the crisis.
The UN health agency said the outbreak is accelerating in west Africa, where the death toll has now reached 1,552, and it believes the numbers who have been hit by Ebola could be two to four times higher than the current 3,069 cases currently reported.’
- GSK to start production of Ebola vaccine as tests on humans begin
- Patient Zero Believed to Be Sole Source of Ebola Outbreak
- Scientists found the origins of the Ebola outbreak — by tracking its mutations
- West Africa travel bans to be lifted
- Ebola epidemic takes toll on business in quarantine zones and across Africa
- Ebola seals Ivory Coast off from infected neighbours
- British Ebola patient Will Pooley taking experimental drug ZMapp
- Divergent approaches to treating Ebola
- Fear and false alarms as Ebola puts Europe on alert
- Airlines cancel more flights to affected countries
- Police open fire, use tear gas on crowds as Liberia struggles to contain deadly Ebola
- World leaders ‘failing to help’ over Ebola outbreak in Africa
- Sierra Leone’s Ebola-related deaths pinned on one healer
- Follow the Money: A Lesson of the Ebola Epidemic