[Ip-health] Fwd: Third World Resurgence, June 2014

K.M. Gopakumar kumargopakm at gmail.com
Wed Jul 23 12:02:23 PDT 2014


  *Third World** Resurgence #286 (June 2014)*



*This issue’s contents: Antibiotic resistance, corporate influence dominate
World Health Assembly debate*



*COVER *



*Time to act!*

*By Shila Kaur*

With the misuse and overuse of antibiotics leading to the emergence of
antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the world stands on the brink of 'a
post-antibiotic era'. At this year's World Health Assembly in Geneva,
member states of the World Health Organisation underscored the urgency of
tackling the crisis and expressed support for a global action plan to
contain it.* Shila Kaur *reports.



*CSOs** call for global action to tackle antimicrobial resistance*

*By Kanaga Raja*

In calling for international leadership and concerted global action to
tackle the escalating antibiotic resistance crisis, a coalition of civil
society organisations (CSOs) has stressed that consumer protection and
public health must trump the pursuit of profit, and that effective
antibiotics are global public goods. *Kanaga** Raja* reports.



*New momentum to act against antibiotic resistance*

*By Mirza Alas and Chee Yoke Ling*

Governments at the recent World Health Assembly (WHA) have committed to a
higher level of action to combat antibiotic resistance that is an
increasing public health threat across the world.



*Big Pharma fails in bid to influence WHO regulatory norms on medical
products*

*By* *KM Gopakumar*

An attempt by the pharmaceutical industries of Europe, Japan and the US to
influence the development of WHO regulatory norms on medical products has
been rebuffed. *KM Gopakumar* reports.



*WHO and the Gates Foundation: Civil society groups register concern*

WHO's invitation to Melinda Gates to address the 67th World Health Assembly
as keynote speaker provoked protests from civil society groups. The
following is the text of a statement issued by them at the WHA on 20 May.



*ECOLOGY*



*'We came back to struggle'*

*By Sandra Cuffe*

Indigenous communities in Honduras are fighting against new mining projects.*
Sandra Cuffe *reports.



*HEALTH & SAFETY*



*In developing world, pollution kills more than disease*

*By* *Stephen Leahy*

Pollution is often misrepresented as a minor issue when in reality it is
the biggest killer in the developing world.



*ECONOMICS*



*Despite crisis, Europe continues to protect its banksters*

*By* *Julio Godoy*

Opposition from practically every state in the European Union to
far-reaching financial regulation necessary to prevent a recurrence of the
Great Recession has stalled all efforts at reform.

*WORLD AFFAIRS *



*South's leaders mark 50 years of G77*

*By* *Martin Khor*

Developing countries' presidents and prime ministers held a summit in June
to mark the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77 with a declaration on how
to improve the world order and their own national development.



*The revival of the movement of non-aligned countries*

*By Samir Amin*

Though it emerged in the 1960s, the non-aligned movement is still relevant
today because it opposed the unjust international order which we today call
'globalisation'. *Samir** Amin* explains.



*The seismic shifts behind the coup in Thailand*

*By Grant Evans*

To understand the crisis in Thailand, it is important to understand the
momentous changes Thai society has undergone in recent decades, says *Grant
Evans*.



*Sisiphus*

*By* *Andrea Teti, Vivienne Matthies-Boon and Gennaro Gervasio*

The election in May of 'Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi as Egypt's President was no
surprise, coming as it did in the wake of a massive wave of repression.
However, he has little assurance of stability as the foundation on which
his regime rests will make it impossible for him to address the serious
economic woes of his country.



*HUMAN RIGHTS*



*Nobel laureates slam HRW ties to US government*

The following letter was sent on 12 May to Human Rights Watch executive
director Kenneth Roth on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize laureates Adolfo Perez
Esquivel and Mairead Maguire; former UN Assistant Secretary-General Hans
von Sponeck; current UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the
Palestinian Territories Richard Falk; and over 100 scholars.



*WOMEN*



*First decolonisation, now 'depatriarchilisation*'

*By Lakshmi Puri*

If the 20th century saw the end of colonisation, then the 21st century must
see the end of discrimination against women, says* Lakshmi Puri*.



*VIEWPOINT*



*A dark heritage*

*By Jeremy Seabrook*

As the world is transfixed by the World Cup in Brazil, it may be pertinent
to recall that football was a British export. In the following piece, *Jeremy
Seabrook* however reminds us that Britain's exports to her colonies - and,
in this particular case, Brazil - included some intangibles which were less
than savoury.



*A level playing field?*

Global sport in the neoliberal age

*By* *Mike Marqusee*

With an eye on the World Cup in Brazil, *Mike Marqusee* says that in our
neoliberal age, sport has become a fertile zone of capitalist intersection
and mutual aggrandisement.



*POETRY*



*For I am a stranger*

*By* *Badr** Shakir Al-Sayyab*

Although he died at the age of 38, the Iraqi poet *Badr** Shakir Al-Sayyab*
(1926-1964) was distinguished for his literary innovations in Arab poetry
and a pioneer of the free poetry movement. His painful experience of exile
is reflected in the following poem.



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