Members of Congress are weighing in against the U.S. government’s use of “gunboat diplomacy”-style intimidation of Colombia against that country allowing a generic version of an ultraexpensive cancer drug named Gleevec in order to protect the public’s health.
This example of "gunboat diplomacy" is a dry run in preparation for the implementation of Obama's TPP and TTIP.
Not mentioned, but a galling component of the "Peace versus health" devil's bargain is the FACT that it's largely the blanketing of jungles and forests with toxic chemicals (Columbia's so-called War on Drugs involves the carpet "bombing" of aerial sprays that are produced by that same "reputable" company that did likewise throughout Vietnam... resulting in a major legacy of Cancers) that's increased the number of persons wrestling with Cancer in Columbia.
The fact that the corrupted (or should I say corporately captured) U.S. govt. pushes dangerous pharmaceutical products and genetically "modified foods" onto nations with which it does trade, and then demands inflated fees for treating the ensuing health problems turns "gunboat diplomacy" into very tame language given the depth and breadth of the depraved indifference to life. In this case, the goal is to CREATE diseases and then charge "the natives" insane sums for so-called "cures."
I feel HATRED for the policies of elites. But at the same time, grateful that all over the world so many are doing what they can to stand up to not just the enslavement of the world's workers, but also the poisoning of so much of the natural world... and by extension, our own bodies.
Same old sick sxit, different administration. We must split both legacy parties and support the growth of the non-interventionist wing of libertarian leaning voters. Changing the idea that our gov't will spend mega-billions of our tax dollars supporting multi-natls corps. who don't pay taxes anywhere. And, threatening a soft terrorism if countries don't. A pox on all supporters of the two party system. Murder is murder. Enough is enough.
We might fix the corporate state with divestment. Corporations have the money and the power. Take away their profits and we take away their power to corrupt our government
Theorem: Whatever the price, don't take their shit.
Richard Smith, the 25 year head of the BMJ:
"[I required] almost a quarter of a century editing ... to wake up to what was happening ... The companies seem to get the results they want not by fiddling the results, which would be far too crude and possibly detectable by peer review, but rather by asking the `right' questions -- and there are many ways to do this ... many ways to hugely increase the chance of producing favourable results, and there are many hired guns who will think up new ways and stay one jump ahead of peer reviewers."
Quoted p.144 of "Doubt is their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health" by David Michaels. (Epidemiologist, past Assist Sec of Environment, Safety & Health at DOE, present Assist. Sec of Labor for OSHA.)
Drummond Rennie, deputy editor of JAMA:
"This is all about bypassing science. Medicine is becoming a sort of Cloud Cuckoo Land, where doctors don't know what papers they can trust in the journals, and the public doesn't know what to believe."
Quoted p.159 of "Doubt is their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health" by David Michaels. (Epidemiologist, past Assist Sec of Environment, Safety & Health at DOE, present Assist. Sec of Labor for OSHA.) Quoted in "Vioxx and Other Cases of Withdrawals of Approved Pharmaceutical Products from the Market: Ethical Issues in Ensuring the Integrity of Drug and Medical Device Research, Development and Commercialisation", Phua K.L.
Marcia Angell, former editor of the NEJM:
"A review of seventy-four clinical trials of antidepressants, for example, found that thirty-seven of thirty-eight positive studies [that praised the drugs] were published. But of the thirty-six negative studies, thirty-three were either not published or published in a form that conveyed a positive outcome.
"It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine."
(Marcia Angell, MD, “Drug Companies and Doctors: A story of Corruption.” NY Review of Books, Jan. 15, 2009.)
Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of The Lancet:
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. As one participant put it, “poor methods get results”. [The Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Research Council, and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have now put their reputational weight behind an investigation into these questionable research practices.] The apparent endemicity of bad research behaviour is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world. Or they retrofit hypotheses to fit their data. Journal editors deserve their fair share of criticism too. We aid and abet the worst behaviours.”
(Horton - What is Medicine's 5 Sigma - Lancet 385, 1380- (2015))
Why would you lean "libertarian" in this situation? Libertarians don't want government regulation, and this is exactly where it's needed. Only the government intervention needs to be on the side of the people regulating AGAINST the corporations, not the reverse. This isn't going to end until a democratic socialist administration puts some real teeth into regulations designed to block the rapacious and distructive attributes of capitalism.
We protect cancer cells and profits. It's a thankless task, but if we didn't do it, it wouldn't get done.
There has always been, in conservative politics, a strong contingent for not using our military in matters not involving our direct interests. The article states it is not even an American corp. who owns the patent on Gleevac. Hence, my remark. My philosophy is don't use our military to fight someone else's, especially a corps., disagreement with another country. Ending " gun boat diplomacy" requires an all hands on deck, 24/7 approach by all people repulsed by endless war and forever quagmires.
I agree with you on not using the military to protect capitalist interests. If the Libertarians are against that, then I agree with them. But as long as the corporations have the government and most politicians in their pockets, it's not going to change.
Thank you for this comment. Ultimately, it merely touches the tip of a very deleterious iceberg.
The times are fraught with deception, devious motives, and dishonesty emanating from high (formerly respected) places.
From Fox News presenting lies as "fair and balanced," and "both sides of a debate" used to narrow conjecture by pivoting it upon established frames, the stage was set to use similar measures when fixing a case for foreign wars of aggression, and so-called "free trade" deals, and even the safety of the nation's food and what passes for preventive health (vaccines) measures.
The Koch Brothers and their funding of persons smart enough to invert narratives and turn Truth upside down has become the intellectual commerce of the land.
It's quite horrific since seldom could Truth mean more and be a more serious requirement for balancing the forces that we live by.