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Big Pharma Cashing In On Global South Vaccination?

The Graun: Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the Nobel prize-winning organisation working on the frontline in remote and conflict areas, says vaccines bought with UK and other donor governments’ money cost too much and are not designed for the needs of … Continue reading

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Happy Day-After-MBV-Day (Hmm — Must Polish My Shoes…)

Classic My Bloody Valentine to whet your appetite: Head on over to mybloodyvalentine.org to grab MBV, the LOOOOOOONG-awaited (and oft-delayed) follow-up to 1991′s seminal shoegazer classic, Loveless (assuming you haven’t already been sated, natch).

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Johann Hari Vs. Johann Hari On The Ethics Of Making Sh!t Up

by matttbastard Johann Hari, September 2011: “If I had asked the many experienced colleagues I have here at The Independent… they would have explained just how wrong I was. It was arrogant and stupid of me not to ask.” Indeed … Continue reading

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“The Frankenstein monster you created/Has turned against you, now you’re hated.”

by matttbastard Mary Riddell: London’s riots are not the Tupperware troubles of Greece or Spain, where the middle classes lash out against their day of reckoning. They are the proof that a section of young Britain – the stabbers, shooters, … Continue reading

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Cameron Tories Quietly Castigate Single Mothers: J.K. Rowling Brings Teh Pwn

by matttbastard A kinder, gentler Conservative Party (UK)? That’s certainly the image Conservative leader David Cameron has been desperate to project ever since he took the reigns of the so-called ‘nasty party’.  But Harry Potter impresario (and single parent) J.K. Rowling isn’t buying the … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 7: Sheep Farming in the Falklands (Or, The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized)

by matttbastard Chapter 6: Saved by a War Thatcherism and its Useful Enemies (Previous posts here, Sarah’s posts here.) “Creating a useful crisis is part of what this will be about….[s]o the first bunch of communications that the public might … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: “A crisis of the moral economy.”

by matttbastard The greatest irony of the Thatcher crusade is that its economics pulled against its ethics. I doubt if the idealised abstinent, puritanical, self-respecting Grantham of her imagination ever existed in the real world. It certainly didn’t exist in … Continue reading

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Der Spiegel: Former Peace Negotiators Call for End to Hamas Boycott

by matttbastard This is big: They were part of the peace settlements in Cambodia, Somalia and Bosnia, they negotiated with militant groups like the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or the IRA in Northern Ireland and a few of them … Continue reading

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The Doctrine in Action

by matttbastard Hooray for shock therapy in Afghanistan: Senior British, US and local aid workers have described a number of problems [with reconstruction in Afghanistan] including bribery, profiteering, poor planning and incompetence. The overall effect has been to cripple the … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Bollocks (or, Has John Pilger Always Been Such an Insufferable Prick?)

by matttbastard Shorter John Pilger: “Both parties are the same! Vote Nader!” (h/t O-Dub for inspiring the distillation, with pwofessional pwogressive thumb-sucker David Sirota providing the original purity mash.) To save y’all the trouble of ever having to suffer through … Continue reading

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