Issue No. 298/299 (Jun/Jul 2015)

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COVER: World Health Organization Corporation?: Resisting Corporate Influence in WHO

WHO shackled: Donor control of the World Health Organisation
Concern has grown that the integrity and independence of the World Health Organisation may be compromised as a result of corporate influence.
By David Legge

WHO reform: opening the floodgates to the private sector?
It is in the name of 'reform', against a backdrop of a funding crisis, that a greater collaboration between WHO and big business is being justified.
By Judith Richter

Reform and WHO: The continuing saga of FENSA
There is continuing debate over WHO’s Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors document.
By KM Gopakumar

No consensus at World Health Assembly on non-state actors engagement framework
Efforts to forge a consensus at the World Health Assembly in May on a document governing WHO's engagement with non-state actors came to naught.
By KM Gopakumar and Mirza Alas

CSOs voice concerns over corporate takeover of WHO
Civil society organisations criticised the rich countries for refusing an increase in their assessed contributions to WHO and opposing any action by the agency which would be contrary to the interests of their corporations.
By Kanaga Raja

How food, beverage giants influence WHO rules
A LEAKED mail from the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) has revealed the hectic lobbying by this alliance of the world's largest food and beverage companies to influence the framing of rules on the World Health Organisation's engagement with the private sector.
By Rema Nagarajan

Reforming and restoring WHO to good health
The basic starting point of any reform of WHO should focus on how to regain its public and multilateral character.
By German Velasquez


Fossil fuel subsidies total trillions of dollars per year
The hidden environmental costs of fossil fuels run into trillions of dollars - the price of letting ‘the market’ dictate outcomes.
By Pete Dolack

SPECIAL FEATURE: The New Debt Crisis

Debt is back!
More than 90 countries are either in or at risk of a new debt crisis. This phenomenon is highlighted in the executive summary of a new report by the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

What's next for Greece?
Greece has been in the throes of a financial crisis for some years now but, because of its membership of the eurozone, is unable to have recourse to traditional options to combat it. What is required is greater political imagination.
By Harry Konstantinidis

Puerto Rico: Who should pay the debt?
Puerto Rico has also been in the limelight recently because of its unsustainable debt. How did this debt arise and who should pay it?
By Ariel Noyola Rodriguez


Opposition mounts against regional trade pact threatening human rights
Less well known than the notorious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is engendering growing opposition because of its similar oppressive provisions.
By Chee Yoke Heong


How a weaker Iran got the hegemon to lift sanctions
The recent historic Iran nuclear deal illustrates how a weaker state can secure its vital interests in negotiations with a hegemonic power by exploiting its sources of leverage to the maximum with patience, courage and careful calculation.
By Gareth Porter

The Israel lobby's $50m campaign against the Iran nuclear deal
If the Iran deal passes, Israel loses. The Israel lobby is spending big on whatever it takes to make sure this doesn't happen.
By Richard Silverstein

Nuclear-weapons-free world no lost cause
While it is tragic that an NPT (Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) review conference held on the 70th anniversary year of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should have ended without an outcome document, it was by no means a total failure.
By Jamshed Baruah

Turkey's dirty war against Syria
By joining the air campaign against the Islamic State, Turkish President Erdogan has secured President Obama's support for intensifying and expanding its war against Syria, a course of action that fits in with his domestic political agenda.
By Jeremy Salt

Repudiating corruption in Guatemala: Revolution or neoliberal outrage?
Securing the 'rule of law' and purging corrupt politicians will not suffice - only structural transformation will address the roots of Guatemala's democratic malaise.
By Nicholas Copeland


Rural women in Latin America define their own kind of feminism
Rural women in Latin America suffer marginalisation and various forms of gender oppression. Yet those who resist such oppression hesitate to call themselves feminist.
By Fabiana Frayssinet


A resurgent Right
After their triumph in the British general elections in May, the Conservatives are continuing with their project of dismantling 150 years of work of the labour movement, philanthropists and reformers against unbridled capitalism.
By Jeremy Seabrook


Letters from a man in solitary
Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) was a poet, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director and memoirist. Although acclaimed as a giant of modern Turkish literature, he suffered, on account of his radical political views, long years in prison - an experience which he immortalised in his poetry.
By Nazim Hikmet

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