"In Canada, the information used to approve new drugs is deemed commercially sensitive and hence confidential under the Access to Information Act and the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) will not release such information without the manufacturer's approval. As a consequence, safety and efficacy information contained in unpublished trials submitted to the TPD is generally unavailable to researchers, physicians and patients, a situation that can potentially lead to the inappropriate prescribing and use of medications."
"[Wendy Maxwell Edwards] became known for her outspoken and tireless activism, helping women leave sex work, working with victims of domestic and sexual violence, doing extensive HIV prevention work in the black community and working with gay rights and anti-racist groups. Her writing is scheduled to be published by McGill University and the Canadian AIDS Society in 'A New Look at Heterosexism and Homophobia.' She was also heavily involved in independent media, including hosting shows on a community radio station."
"At an event celebrating International Women's Day on March 5 at Ryerson University in Toronto, this came to an end. She was arrested by police while selling cookies at the event, put in immigration detention at the local jail and nine days later deported to Costa Rica, despite public outcry and protests."
"The less a woman breastfeeds, the greater her risk of
breast cancer. So concluded a landmark meta-analysis
in 'The Lancet' medical journal, as reported on the
front page of 'The Oregonian' ("Study finds key factors
to lower risk of breast cancer," July 19)."
"News like this is often met with concern about
inducing guilt in women who don't breastfeed. But in
no other area of health are people seen as needing
emotional protection from the knowledge of risk. In
fact, concealing risk is unethical and violates the
principles of informed consent."
"The wage gap based on gender is still putting women at a significant financial disadvantage when compared to men in similar, or even the same, jobs, with equal qualifications. According to the American Association of University Women/AAUW (www.aauw.org/payequity), last year working women, with year round, full time employment, earned 24% less than males with the same employment perimeters. We see women of color taking the brunt of this inequity as well, with African American women receiving 34% less than men, and Latinas earning 45% less than men. It takes approximately 16 months of a woman's labor to equal 12 months of a man's."
"When the Turkish authorities gave the orders for these deportations, they were merely giving the death warrant to a whole race; they understood this well, and, in their conversations with me, they made no particular attempt to conceal the fact. ... I am confident that the whole history of the human race contains no such horrible episode as this. The great massacres and persecutions of the past seem almost insignificant when compared to the sufferings of the Armenian race in 1915." - Henry Morgenthau Sr., U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
"Everyone knows that Gordon Campbell violated his pre-election commitment to health care workers that he would respect their collective agreements," says [Hospital Employees' Union secretary-business manager Judy] Darcy. "Now the Supreme Court will hear how he violated their constitutionally protected charter rights as well."
Through the resistance of the first Palestinian initfada (uprising) in 1987,
a symbol emerged that represented the asymmetrical balance of power and the
grassroots movement against the ongoing Israeli occupation. Just as the
young Palestinian in front of a tank with a rock in his hand became a symbol
of resistance and self-determination among indigenous communities, the
people of Grassy Narrows have inspired a similar momentum.
"The assaulted (Member of Parliament), Fatah al-Shaik, was sporting a picture of anti-occupation Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his vehicle. For that, member of the US-sponsored parliament or not, an American soldier had no hesitation in treating him just as US soldiers deal with other Iraqis every day."
"Vanunu, who in 1986 disclosed to a British newspaper some of Israel's nuclear secrets, was kidnapped soon after by the Mossad, smuggled back to Israel, and put on trial. He served his sentence: 18 years in prison. For most of the time he was held in total isolation."
Z Magazine, April 2005
Corporate Fraud - Behind the Paxil Scandals By Bruce Levine
In June 2004 New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer brought suit
against Glaxo, alleging that it had engaged in repeated and persistent
fraud with respect to Paxil (a $3.1 billion grossing drug in 2003). Spitzer had evidence that the giant pharmaceutical corporation Glaxo had suppressed the
results of studies on children and adolescents that showed Paxil to be ineffective and to increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. When he first announced the suit, Spitzer stated, "By concealing critically important scientific studies on Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline impaired doctors' ability to make the appropriate prescribing decision for their patients and may have jeopardized their health and safety." Spitzer had an internal Glaxo memo from 1998 stating that the company intended to "manage the dissemination of the data in order to minimize any potential negative commercial impact."
"Citing irreconcilable differences with how the Federal Bureau of Investigation has operated in a post-Sept. 11 world, city officials in Portland, Oregon, said yesterday that they planned to pull their police officers out of an F.B.I.-run antiterrorism task force."
"So much does General Motors love Canada's socialized, taxpayer-funded 'single-payer' health care system, that the company's top executives in Canada, along with the top execs of Ford, Chrysler and a host of other U.S.-owned subsidiaries in Canada, actually have been lobbying the provincial and federal government(s) to expand the system to include other services such as pharmacy and home health care-and to increase funding of what is known in Canada as 'Medicare.'"
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The Green Monkey
The Green Monkey is pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign of resistance here on the coast: BURN the 2010 Olympics. That stands for Build Underground Resistance, Not the 2010 Olympics. We're expanding on a campaign against the 2002 Olympics in Utah. But Vancouver has more reasons to BURN the Olympics than Utah ever did. The Green Monkey is here to tell you why.
Three stories about the riots in Belize.
"For almost a week there have been acts of arson and sabotage in Belize, seriously damaging a central bridge for public communication and disrupting telecommunication services."
Among academic activists I know the two names most frequently cited for inspiring us to pursue our work are Noam Chomsky and Andre Gunder Frank. Yesterday we lost one of them in Andre Gunder Frank. Gunder must have put, literally, thousands on that path, who in turn reached perhaps millions of students in some fashion.