In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Els Torreele of the Open Society Foundations argues against proposals to extend patents on pharmaceuticals, stating that such a move would solidify a broken innovation model that primarily serves the financial interest of the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of patients worldwide.
Posted in: Health, United StatesTopics: access to medicines, Els Torreele, Food and Drug Administration, Health, HIV/AIDS, medical innovation, patents, Paul Silva, pharmaceuticals, public health, Public Health Program, tuberculosis, Wall Street Journal
The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the Greek courts failed to acknowlege the gravity of a brutal 2001 sexual assault on an undocumented migrant.
Posted in: Europe, Rights & JusticeTopics: Case Watch, discrimination, European Convention on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, male rape, migration, MSS v Belgium and Greece, NS and ME judgment, Rights & Justice, Simon Cox, Zontul v Greece
Connecting vast numbers of scientists and ordinary citizens, online tools make scientific problem-solving faster and more efficient. But for these collaborations to reach their full potential, the culture of science must become much more open.
Posted in: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Media & Arts, Middle East, United StatesTopics: Internet, John Dupuis, Laura Guzman, Michael Nielsen, networked science, Open Access, open science, Polymath Project, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science
In two important rulings, the European Court of Human Rights has concluded that mandatory life jail sentences without the possibility of parole do not constitute a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Posted in: Europe, Rights & JusticeTopics: Bary and Al Fawaz v the United Kingdom, Case Watch, European Convention of Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, Harkins and Edwards v the United Kingdom, Juan E. Méndez, life sentence, Marion Isobel, prisoners' rights, supermax, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Vinter and Others v the United Kingdom
Any debate on Muslims in Europe needs to take into consideration the historical experience of Muslims in the Balkans and the challenges they continue to face.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has saved and prolonged millions of lives. Yet at this precise moment when the global community should be doing all it can to support the Fund, it is under the most serious assault it has endured in its ten-year history.
A group of writers including Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Adiche, and Aleksander Hemon take a look at education systems in conflict-affected countries around the world.
The creation of a European Endowment for Democracy could provide vital support for activists trying to open up closed societies without the stifling restrictions normally connected to EU assistance.
In a setback for equal rights, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a series of petitions challenging a law that, among other things, makes it impossible for Palestinians to acquire Israeli citizenship through marriage.
Stacks of formerly classified documents about a torture program may seem like cold and impersonal things, but what they contain couldn’t be more intimate or harrowingly human.
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