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Published Saturday, May 31, 2014 11:39AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 31, 2014 6:55PM EDT
A 12-year-old Ontario girl who relies on an expensive cystic fibrosis drug may soon be able to get the drug at no cost, after Alberta's health minister successfully negotiated a tentative deal that will allow the provinces to cover the cost of the medication on their provincial drug plans.
Madi Vanstone and her family had lobbied the Ontario government to help cover the cost of Kalydeco, a life-saving drug that costs about $350,000 a year.
Alberta had been leading the talks with the drug's maker, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., on behalf of all of the provinces. Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne said he was seeking to negotiate a price so that the provinces could afford to cover the drug on their health plans.
Madi’s family said Saturday they received a phone call from Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews office to inform them of the deal.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/alberta-reaches-tentative-deal-on-cystic-fibrosis-drug-on-behalf-of-provinces-1.1846955#ixzz33VP1MgOR
Posted by polly7 | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 01:52 PM (2 replies)
Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
Published Monday, June 2, 2014 7:54AM EDT
This photomicrograph shows cancerous cells detected by a Pap test, named after Georgios Papanicolaou, the Greek doctor who invented the test.
CHICAGO -- Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the disease, and it was her own immune system that made it go away.
The experimental approach that helped her is one of the newest frontiers in the rapidly advancing field of cancer immunotherapy, which boosts the body's natural ways of attacking tumors.
At a conference in Chicago on Monday, doctors also reported extending gains recently made with immune therapies against leukemia and the skin cancer melanoma to bladder, lung and other tumour types.
The cervical cancer experiment was the first time an immune therapy has worked so dramatically against a cancer caused by a virus -- HPV. In a pilot study by the National Cancer Institute, the tumors of two out of nine women completely disappeared and those women remain cancer-free more than a year later. That's far better than any other treatment has achieved in such cases.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/doctors-reporting-first-success-using-immune-therapy-against-cervical-cancer-1.1848620#ixzz33VO3sQqX
Posted by polly7 | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 01:49 PM (1 replies)
Translation posted 1 June 2014 16:41 GMT
"For Spain, the big news in the European elections is the triumphant emergence onto the political scene of “Podemos” (We Can) (@ahorapodemos), a political entity created four months ago, led by the charismatic Pablo Iglesias, professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. With an electoral programme that brings together the main demands made by the different social movements that arose during the wave of opposition to austerity policies, Pablo Iglesias has managed to position himself as the fourth largest political power in the country."
Full article: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/06/01/the-rise-of-podemos-in-spain-the-citizens-party/
Posted by polly7 | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 01:41 PM (0 replies)
By James D. Cockcroft
Source: Mr Zine
June 1, 2014
First question: Why?
Full article: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/venezuela-questions-about-democracy-and-a-free-press/
Posted by polly7 | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 03:19 PM (11 replies)
AlterNet / By Eric Zuesse
The press has taken a near-sighted view of the crisis, spinning in ways that only create a partial picture.
Photo Credit: Mykhaylo Palinchak / Shutterstock
May 30, 2014
The New York Review of Books is a leading intellectual publication in the United States, and it (like all of the major U.S. “news” media) has "reported" on the Ukrainian civil war as having been incited by Russia's Vladimir Putin -- a simple-minded explanation, which also happens to be deeply false. The reality is that the residents of southern Ukraine, the part of Ukraine adjoining Russia, were overwhelmingly opposed to the overthrow of Ukraine's democratically elected President, Viktor Yanukovych, though they are portrayed in NYRB (and other “news” media) as being mere stooges of Russian propaganda for their opposing the coup that overthrew the President for whom they had voted overwhelmingly. (The only thing that America’s “news” media had previously reported about Yanukovych is that he was corrupt; but so were all of his predecessors, and U.S. media ignored this crucial fact. Selective reporting is basic to propaganda, and the U.S. major media are trained masters at it. Without a person’s knowing that Ukraine is by far the most corrupt country in the former Soviet Union, and the one with the worst economic performance of them all, Ukraine’s politics just can’t be understood at all: it has long been an extreme kleptocracy, ruled by psychopathic politicians, for the benefit of psychopathic oligarchs, who have robbed the country blind. That’s the deeper truth -- and it's key to understanding the current situation there.)
Full article: http://www.alternet.org/world/exposing-flaws-us-medias-dangerous-ukraine-propaganda?page=0%2C1&paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark
Posted by polly7 | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 03:14 PM (6 replies)
Fri May 23, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
Mother Jones senior editor Daniel Schulman joined Chris Hayes on MSNBC to discuss his new book, "Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty." We published a scintillating excerpt from the book here and posted a rare Koch family home video from the 1940s depicting the boys fighting with boxing gloves here.
VIDEO. Reading into the Koch family.
Posted by polly7 | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 03:01 PM (0 replies)
By Dick Nichols
May 31, 2014
The result of the May 25 European parliamentary poll was dominated by the victories of the xenophobic and racist National Front (FN) in France (26%, 24 MEPs, Members of the European Parliament) and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in Britain (26.8%, 24 MEPs). It has set off a wave of mainstream media angst across the old continent.
The angst is understandable. Five years after the 2009 European elections, the political basis for European Commission austerity policy has been severely weakened and “governance” of the 28-member European Union has become even more fraught.
Moreover, old European spectres have re-emerged, with a surge in support for formations that directly identify as Nazi or fascist—like the Golden Dawn in Greece, Jobbik in Hungary and the National Democratic Party (NDP) in Germany. Their victories are a direct result of the economic crisis and the austerity policies of “Brussels”.
From scoring 0.46% and 23,566 votes in the 2009 European Parliament elections, Golden Dawn has risen to 9.38%, with hundreds of thousands of supporters.
Full article: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/hope-in-the-gloom-as-left-gains-in-greece-spain-ireland/
Posted by polly7 | Sat May 31, 2014, 06:02 PM (2 replies)
Published on Friday, May 30, 2014 by Common Dreams
'Neutered' Iraq War inquiry to censor full content of conversations in lead-up to 2003 invasion
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Critics are charging that a UK inquiry into the country's role in the Iraq War has "neutered" its own investigation by censoring critical conversations between George W. Bush and Tony Blair in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion.
Headed by Sir John Chilcot, the inquiry was convened in 2009 by the UK government and tasked with establishing "what happened" in Iraq and identifying "the lessons that can be learned." The report's released is years behind schedule, in part due to debate over the release of 25 letters and 130 recordings of conversations between Blair and Bush.
The U.S. has heavily pressured the UK government to block the release of these conversations, which the U.S. says are classified. The UK government has also fiercely lobbied against the full release of the documents.
In a letter dated Wednesday (pdf), Chilcot stated that an agreement has been reached with the UK government to release the "gist" of the conversations and only use direct quotes "the minimum necessary to enable the Inquiry to articulate its conclusions." According to Chilcot, "Consideration will be based on the principle that our use of this material should not reflect President Bush's views......"
Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/30-3
Posted by polly7 | Fri May 30, 2014, 05:48 PM (1 replies)
Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by TruthDig.com
by Amy Goodman
“You may write me down in history
Maya Angelou wrote those words in her poem “Still I Rise.” She died this week at 86 at her home in North Carolina. In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for African-Americans. She was committed to peace and justice for all.
Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/29-10
I will always love this woman.
Posted by polly7 | Fri May 30, 2014, 05:41 PM (2 replies)
Published on Friday, May 30, 2014 by Greenpeace
by Jason Schwartz
Last Saturday (May 24th) marked the third anniversary of the murder of husband and wife activists Ze Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espirito Santo.
Although a properly managed and inclusive process of timber extraction could be beneficial to both local communities, extractors, and consumers, the global demand for Amazonian wood has produced a culture of lawlessness, impunity, and dysfunction among the timber industry in Brazil. Indigenous and other local forest communities have seen their land seized, their lifestyles destroyed, and their livelihoods stolen. They have also faced constant violence. Since 1996, at least 1000 activists have been murdered in Brazil while facing down the the timber industry’s chainsaws.
Chico Mendes is an icon of the fight for the Amazon and its people. Originally a rubber tapper, he became an outspoken union leader and led the movement to defend the Amazon against the Brazilian military dictatorship’s ‘development by force.’ He was murdered in his home in Xapuri, Acre in 1988.
José Dutra da Costa, or Dezinho, was the president of the Rural Workers Union in the municipality of Rondon, in the state of Pará. He was a key figure in the fight to expose the slavery-like working conditions in the region’s agricultural sector. Dezinho fought for landless families and workers by campaigning against inappropriate private use of public and community lands. He was murdered in his home in November of 2000. The man who pulled the trigger, Wellington de Jesus da Silva, was arrested and condemned to 27 years in solitary confinement. However the farmer who ordered the killing, Décio José Barroso Nunes, was only convicted this year. He received 12 years.
At dawn, on August 25th, 2001, Ademir Federicci, or Dema, was murdered. Dema, a community leader for the Workers Party, spoke out against illegal logging inside indigenous lands. He exposed fraud inside the office Superintendent for Amazon Development. In the early 2000’s, at the time of his murder, he was leading a community movement opposing the construction of the Belo Monte mega-dam. Today, there is a fund created in Dema’s name for forest conservation and social justice projects in the Amazon.
Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/30-3
Posted by polly7 | Fri May 30, 2014, 05:37 PM (1 replies)