South Asia




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Novartis denied Cancer Drug Patent in Landmark Case
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the Indian supreme court has refused to allow one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to patent a new version of a cancer drug"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a decision campaigners hailed as a major step forward in enabling poor people to access medicines in the developing world"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec"

 

 

 

 

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  • "did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Glivec is an important drug in the treatment of myeloid leukaemia"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at stake in the legal battle was not just the right of generic companies to make cheap drugs for India once original patents expire"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but also access to newer drugs for poorer countries in much of Africa and Asia"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • the Cancer Patients Aid Association - CPAA: "the court has recognised the right of patients to access affordable medicines"

 

 

 

 

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  • "over profits for big pharmaceutical companies through patents"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "our access to affordable treatment will not be possible if the medicines are patented. It is a huge victory for human rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dalits - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05NEWDELHI4761

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  • "Dalits, who make up 16% of India's population"

 

 

 

 

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  • "or 166 million people"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "occupy the lowest position in the social structure and face constant and severe discrimination"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "formerly called "untouchables" because caste Hindus believe they can be "polluted" by having any contact with them"

 

 

 

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  • "limited government efforts to improve Dalit socioeconomic status have shown little success"

 

 

 

 

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  • "key to ending discrimination is a comprehensive education campaign starting at the primary level"

 

 

 

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  • "to teach acceptance of Dalits, a topic completely absent from India's public school system"

 

 

 

 

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  • "despite the political success of Dalits such as Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ram Vilas Paswan"

 

 

 

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  • "Dalits' failure to organize at the national level has limited their ability to demand equal rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Energy - US cable - 2010: LINK ¤ 10NEWDELHI287

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  • "US-India civil nuclear cooperation agreement:"

 

 

 

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  • "we are working with the government to implement commercial cooperation"

 

 

 

 

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  • "providing US firms access to an US$ 150 billion market"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indien droht Pharmafirmen - der Standard
: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "im Streit um Arzneimittel-Patente internationaler Pharmakonzerne behält sich Indien vor"

 

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  • "bereits erteilten Patentschutz für Medikamente im Notfall wieder zu entziehen"

 

 

 

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  • "viele Inder können sich diese Originalpräparate nicht leisten, sondern sind auf günstige Nachahmerprodukte (Generika) angewiesen"

 

 

 

 

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Novartis verlor Patentklage in Indien - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "der Schweizer Pharmakonzern Novartis hat den Patentstreit um sein Krebsmittel Glivec in Indien endgültig verloren"

 

 

 

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  • "das oberste Gericht des Landes entschied in Neu Delhi, dass Novartis kein Patent für das Blutkrebs-Medikament erhält"

 

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  • "der Hauptwirkstoff ist nicht neu, sondern nur eine leicht veränderte Version eines älteren Wirkstoffs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CIA with Bags of Cash
- the New York Times
: LINK ¤ the NEW YORK TIMES

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  • "for more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases"

 

 

 

 

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  • "backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "have been dropped off every month"

 

 

 

 

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  • "at the offices of Afghanistan’s President"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "all told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the CIA"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to the office of President Hamid Karzai"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the cash has fueled corruption and empowered warlords"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "was the United States"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama hints at accelerated Pullout
- the Guardian:
LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai came close to a deal at the White House"

 

 

 

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  • "to keep a small US force in the country"

 

 

 

 

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  • "after the pullout of most international forces at the end of 2014"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Munich Security Conference
- US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09MUNICH24

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  • "President Karzai criticized the West for civilian casualties"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and inadequate development and civilian assistance"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was outsiders who had destroyed Afghanistan"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and therefore the international community has a moral responsibility"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to assist in Afghanistan's reconstruction"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CIA trug Koffer voll Geld in afghanisches Präsidialamt - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "die CIA hat über Jahre hinweg etliche Millionen Dollar"

 

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  • "in Koffern, Rucksäcken und Plastiksackerln in das afghanische Präsidialamt gebracht"

 

 

 

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  • "das Geld beförderte die Korruption und machte lokale Machthaber in Afghanistan noch stärker"

 

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  • "die wichtigste Ursache für Korruption waren die Vereinigten Staaten"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coalition Support Funding
- US cable - 2007:
LINK ¤ 07ISLAMABAD5288

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  • "the US has reimbursed Pakistan [coalition support funds]"

 

 

 

 

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  • "over 5.3 billion USD"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for support of US operations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Security - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06ISLAMABAD19208

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  • F-16 Aircraft: "total package of US$ 2965.95 million"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this will be an immense strain"

 

 

 

 

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  • "on Pakistan's fiscal and foreign exchange resources"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "posing sever constraints on Pakistan's ability"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to invest in the social and fiscal infrastructure"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this will jeopardize Pakistan's growth"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and poverty alleviation prospects in a particularly challenging period"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Musharraf - US Cable - 2007: LINK ¤ 07ISLAMABAD1515

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  • "military action will not work"

 

 

 

 

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  • "he stressed the need for political solutions"

 

 

 

 

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  • "as part of an overall strategy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BANGLADESH - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ BANGLADESH


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Capital: Dhaka
| Population: 168.9 million


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Bangladesh Factories: Pope condemns 'Slave Labour' Conditions - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the pope has condemned as "slave labour" the working conditions"

 

 

 

 

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  • "of the Bangladesh garment workers who died in the factory collapse"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as Bangladeshi workers took the streets to demand better working conditions"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the official death toll rose to more than 400"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Pope Francis said he was shocked"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that some of the workers were living on US$ 40 a month"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this was the payment of these people who have died"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and this is called "slave labour""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH ASIA
- Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ SOUTH ASIA

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  • "South Asia or Southern Asia comprises the sub-Himalayan countries"

 

 

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  • "it is dominated by the Indian Plate, which rises above sea level as northern parts of India south of the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush"

 

 

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South Asia - Map: LINK ¤ WIKIMEDIA
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