Showing posts from December 20, 2016

OxyContin goes global — “We’re only just getting started”

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[Big Pharma. While hundreds of thousands of young black Americans languish in jail for simple possession of marijuana, the real global pushers are hard at work. Physicians who lie and shill for corporations for money should have all their credentials stripped. *RON*]
Harriet Ryan, Lis Girion & Scott Glover, LA Times, 18 December 2016

OxyContin is a dying business in America.

OxyContin sales began to fall in the U.S. in 2011. In response, the company’s owners refocused on their global business, particularly in the developing world. 2011 China Opens factory with capacity to produce 100 million tablets. 2011 Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong, South Africa Launches operations 2012 Vienna, Austria Gives office oversight of Eastern Europe 2012 Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan,Thailand Launches operations 2013“Dubai hub”Launches operations in the Middle East 2013 Brazil, Colombia Launches operations 2013 Spain Launches chronic pain awareness campaign, featuring ce…

Russia's ambassador to Turkey shot dead mid-speech in Ankara

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[Will the real motives behind this shocking provocation ever be known? *RON*]
Thomson Reuters, CBC News, 20 December 2016
The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead mid-speech at an art gallery in the capital Ankara on Monday by a gunman shouting "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!"

Andrey Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored photo exhibition, when a smartly dressed man wearing a black suit and tie shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Arabic for "God is great") and fired at least eight shots, according an Associated Press photographer.

In Poland, a window on what happens when populists come to power

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["Where is all this going?" Via my friend Harry. *RON*]

Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 81 December 2016

WARSAW — The Law and Justice Party rode to power on a pledge to drain the swamp of Polish politics and roll back the legacy of the previous administration. One year later, its patriotic revolution, the party proclaims, has cleaned house and brought God and country back to Poland.

Opponents, however, see the birth of a neo-Dark Age — one that, as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House, is a harbinger of the power of populism to upend a Western society. In merely a year, critics say, the nationalists have transformed Poland into a surreal and insular place — one where state-sponsored conspiracy theories and de facto propaganda distract the public as democracy erodes.

Today's Trumpery


End Water-Taking By Corporations, Ontarians Say In Poll

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[It will be interesting to see whether our politicians are willing to admit that democracy means the will of the people, or if, instead, they will continue to bow to our corporate overlords. *RON*]

Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post, 19 December 2016

Nestle Waters Canada should sell the well it bought in southern Ontario this summer to the town that wanted it, say two-thirds of Ontarians in a new poll.

Berlin Christmas market attack: prosecutors assume armed person still at large – live

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[See also: A gunman shot three people at an Islamic center in Zurich, and people aren’t talking about it. Detained Pakistani asylum seeker denies charges. Twelve people killed and 48 injured at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz. See also: Full report: officials fear armed perpetrator still at large. *RON*]

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Alexandra Topping & Matthew Weaver, The Guardian, 20 December 2016

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Josef Joffe, the publisher-editor of German weekly Die Zeit, has written an opinion piece for the Guardian, in which he predicts an end to Angela Merkel’s “open door” policy.

Here is an extract:

Above all, if the perpetrator does turn out to be a refugee, Merkel’s “open door” policy on refugees will get a decisive make-over. Recall last year when she flung the country’s doors wide open. Proclaiming “wir schaffen das” – we can do it – she essentially relinquished control over Germany’s borders. Some 800,000 people from the Middle East as well as No…