Daily Archives: September 13, 2020

“Democratic Public Health”: Big Pharma Relies on Developing World While Limiting Access to Treatment


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Published on Sep 10, 2020


We look at the history of clinical vaccine trials and exploitation of vulnerable people in the U.S. and India, which recently surpassed Brazil as the country with the second most infections worldwide. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago, says there is a documented history of “ethical lapses that were serious” and lack of accountability in vaccine studies in India. “The critical issue here is not whether vaccines are good or bad, but … even more, I would suggest what is at stake is a democratic public health,” he notes.

“Unforgetting”: Roberto Lovato’s Memoir Links U.S. Military in Central America to Migration Crisis


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Published on Sep 9, 2020

We look at how decades of U.S. military intervention in Central America have led to the ongoing migrant crisis, with Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato, author of the new book “Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas.” Lovato recounts his own family’s migration from El Salvador to the United States, his return to the country as a young man to fight against the U.S.-backed right-wing government responsible for grave human rights violations, and his embrace of journalism to tell the stories of people on the margins. “I’m unforgetting a history of not just El Salvador, but the United States and of myself,” says Lovato.

Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 10, 2020


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Published on Sep 10, 2020

Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 10, 2020

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Why Trump’s new coronavirus task force adviser is “wrong, foolish and dangerous”


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Published on Sep 1, 2020

One of Trump’s top medical advisers is pushing for the country to adopt a controversial “herd immunity” strategy, raising alarm among public health officials as the Trump administration continues to loosen coronavirus restrictions. Dr. Scott Atlas, who became a pandemic adviser in August and allegedly meets with Trump on a daily basis, was brought on because he is “more in line with what the president wants to do and wants to hear on the pandemic” with his calls for schools to reopen and for a strategy that allows the coronavirus to spread through most of the U.S. population, says Washington Post reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb. Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves says Atlas’s proposals are “entirely risky,” particularly for people with underlying conditions in the U.S., and a vaccine is an essential part of controlling the coronavirus. “Dr. Atlas’s comments are so far from the mainstream of thinking in public health and clinical medicine on infectious diseases, it’s astounding,” Gonsalves says. “He’s not contrarian. He’s just simply wrong, foolish and dangerous.”

How El Salvador’s revolutionaries rebelled against U.S.-backed dictatorship


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Published on Sep 9, 2020

Journalist Roberto Lovato has just published his new memoir, “Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas.” Tracing Lovato’s own family history, the book connects the dots on how most Central American migrants to the U.S. come from the same countries that the U.S. intervened in during the 1980s, including El Salvador — the focus of Lovato’s book. Lovato says El Salvador’s insurgent guerrilla movement, the FMLN, was the most significant political force to rise up against the U.S.-backed dictatorship in the late 20th century, a historical example of the “astonishingly incredible political capability that the Salvadorans have had — and still have.”

How the climate crisis is making fire season longer and more destructive


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Published on Sep 10, 2020

As the skies in parts of California turn a dark orange as a result of wildfires scorching the western United States, UC-Santa Barbara professor Leah Stokes says political leaders must act to halt the climate crisis. She notes that fire season in the western parts of the country is now two-and-a-half months longer than it used to be. “It’s a question of burning fossil fuels, which is what we’ve been doing, which has been heating up the planet and, as scientists tell us, have increased fire risk by 500%,” Stokes says. “That’s the kind of increase that we’re seeing as a result of climate change.”

Cost of war: 37 million displaced by the U.S. “War on Terror” since 9/11


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Published on Sep 11, 2020

American University professor David Vine is the co-author of a new report that found at least 37 million people in eight countries have been forced to flee their homes since the start of the U.S.-led, so-called Global War on Terrorism in 2001. “I think most people in the United States, myself included, have not really reckoned with the total damage that these wars have caused,” says Vine. The U.S. currently has 800 military bases around the world, “more bases than any nation in world history,” he notes. “These bases have not only enabled war, not only made war possible, but they’ve actually made war more likely — made war a far too-easy-policy choice.”

Barbara Smith: The U.S. “Functions with White Supremacy as Its Engine.” Here’s How We Dismantle It


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Published on Sep 11, 2020

Since the police killing of George Floyd in May sparked a nationwide uprising against police brutality, armed white supremacists have taken to the streets of U.S. cities in response to Black Lives Matter protests. Organizing against systemic racism has been met with apparent attempts by the Trump administration to cover up white supremacist violence. We speak to legendary Black feminist scholar Barbara Smith, founder of the Combahee River Collective, about her proposal for an antiracist program called the Hamer-Baker Plan — named for Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker — to eradicate white supremacy in the U.S. “I’m not just talking about white supremacist groups or organized white supremacy,” Smith says. “What I’m talking about is a system that actually dictates and shapes every aspect of life in the U.S.”

Costs of War: After 9/11 Attacks, U.S. Wars Displaced at Least 37 Million People Around the World


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Published on Sep 11, 2020

As the United States marks 19 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, a new report finds at least 37 million people in eight countries have been displaced since the start of the so-called global war on terrorism since 2001. The Costs of War Project at Brown University also found more than 800,000 people have been killed since U.S. forces began fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, at a cost of $6.4 trillion to U.S. taxpayers. “The U.S. has played a disproportionate role in waging war, in launching war and in perpetuating war over the last 19 years,” says report co-author David Vine, a professor of anthropology at American University.