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Trump blames “global freeloading” for costly US drugs. That’s not the problem

1 month ago admin2 Comments Off on Trump blames “global freeloading” for costly US drugs. That’s not the problem
Introducing his plan to reduce prescription drug prices in America today, Donald Trump said his government would focus on “tougher negotiation, more competition, and much lower prices.” The president criticized drug makers and insurance companies for failing to put “American patients first.” After listing a series of measures aimed at the US market—such as encouraging Read More

The world’s largest democracy is out to stifle its already docile press

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The world’s largest democracy is out to stifle its already docile press
Press freedom in India has taken a dangerous turn a year before the country’s next general elections. On April 02, the Narendra Modi-led government said it had amended the guidelines for accreditation of journalists so as to punish those accused of producing “fake news.” According to the new rules, the first instance of violation would Read More

The best border wall is a legal marijuana market

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The best border wall is a legal marijuana market
The US is currently facing a government shutdown because Donald Trump is insisting any spending bill must fund the construction of a US-Mexico border wall, which would cost as much as $18 billion. Bound up in symbolism about the racial purity of the United States, the wall has been sold as a way to prevent Read More

With two words, the US tax bill quietly threatens abortion rights

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on With two words, the US tax bill quietly threatens abortion rights
The GOP tax bill, which will make rich Americans richer, and everyone else poorer, is likely about to pass in the Senate. Hidden among the tax cuts—and the provisions that help those who own golf courses and also take a whack at those who have student debt—is a short passage that could threaten women’s reproductive Read More

Clean energy can potentially transform the lives of millions of rural Indian women

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Clean energy can potentially transform the lives of millions of rural Indian women
Gita Devi lives with her family of seven in Kargara, a small and remote village in the Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh. On a typical day, she wakes up at the crack of dawn to collect firewood for cooking. She walks nearly four kilometers from her home to reach the closest patch of forested land. Read More

More than 200 US diplomats, civil servants and servicewomen say they’ve been harassed at work

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on More than 200 US diplomats, civil servants and servicewomen say they’ve been harassed at work
Just days after revelations of sexual harassment within the ranks of the US Congress, American women working in national security are speaking out, too. An open letter titled #metoonatsec accuses their industry of systemic discrimination and harassment. The letter was signed by 223 women, including 60 current and former ambassadors. The signatories are also current Read More

Foreign parliaments must do more to help the embattled Rohingya

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Foreign parliaments must do more to help the embattled Rohingya
As the pope made a high profile visit to Myanmar in late November, attention turned to how to help the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled their homes to Bangladesh following violence and what UN officials have described as ethnic cleansing. A deal struck between the two countries to start returning the refugees has Read More

Indians bribe their way through driving tests and then wonder about road deaths

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Indians bribe their way through driving tests and then wonder about road deaths
Driving in India follows a set of unwritten rules, which of course are at odds with the actual rules. Many may even confuse the right of way as a constitutional right, judging by the anarchy one witnesses on the streets. As it turns out, in a prevailing culture of corruption, individuals find it easier to Read More

You should absolutely fight about politics with your relatives this Thanksgiving

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on You should absolutely fight about politics with your relatives this Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is the ultimate American family holiday—one that unites people across religions in the celebration of a history rosily misremembered. Like other US national holidays, it comes with big sales and displays of patriotism—but this one is also about eating (and not just barbecues), gratitude and, of course, family. As extended family members reunite tomorrow, Read More

India’s intrusive biometric ID is forcing HIV patients to forgo treatment

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on India’s intrusive biometric ID is forcing HIV patients to forgo treatment
In December 2016, Priya*, a 30-year-old HIV-positive sex worker in Secunderabad, Telangana, stopped taking her life-saving medicines. The reason: The antiretroviral therapy centre from where she used to get her medicines every month asked for her Aadhaar card. Priya’s husband and children do not know that she is HIV-positive or that she is a sex Read More