Novartis Ruling In India Could Spark Larger Movement Against Patent Trolling

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:22 am

So let’s say you are a leading multinational pharmaceutical company and you have a blockbuster cancer drug. You patent the drug, make tremendous profits, but now the clock is ticking and the patent is set to expire. What do you do? If you are Novartis and your blockbuster cancer drug is Gleevec you are going [...]

The Surging Coal Export Industry

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:27 pm

Matt Stoller has an interesting set of charts showing the recent run up in investment in resource extraction, particularly from the oil and gas industry. Matt explains this mostly through the run-up of shale oil and natural gas extraction, which have both advanced significantly in the US. Renewables are increasing as well, but from an [...]

Mass Blackout in India Heralds Need for Energy Diversity

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:59 pm

The biggest power failure in the history of the world is happening in India at the moment, affecting a whopping 600 million people, over half of the country. A blackout on Monday was thought to be fixed on Tuesday, but ended up metastasizing and growing throughout the day. While the numbers sound massive, keep in [...]

Israel Blames Iran for Attacks on Embassy Workers in India, Georgia

By: Monday February 13, 2012 8:15 am

Car bomb attacks on workers at two Israeli embassies in India and Georgia could help provide a pretext for a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel immediately blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the attacks, which occurred overnight. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But if the Israeli accusations are verified they would represent [...]

Corporations Show Largest Profits in History Amidst Jobs Crisis

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 10:13 am

According to revised statistics, the US economy grew at a faster rate than first expected, up to 2.5%. Earlier growth in Q3 2010 was estimated at 2%. But the entire problem with looking at this topline number is reflected in these three paragraphs: But the most recent increase in GDP still isn’t strong enough to [...]

Was the $200 Million Figure for Obama India Trip Supposed to Be in Rupees?

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 12:53 pm

I actually thought this was reported somewhere, so I didn’t bother for a couple days. But I got enough of a response on Twitter that I thought I’d bring it here. The first mini-scandal of the post-election, tea party-infused era in Washington concerned President Obama’s trip to India. A report from an English-language Indian news [...]

AR-Sen: Chamber Of Commerce Funds Racist Anti-Halter Ad

By: Monday May 3, 2010 10:15 am

Bill Clinton has cut some radio ads for Blanche Lincoln, endorsing her for supporting his job-creation and budget efforts in the early 1990s, which clearly is the terrain on which Lincoln’s primary campaign against Bill Halter will be run. But those aren’t the ads that have Arkansans talking. This outright racist affront to the Indian-American [...]

Obama’s Tuesday Speech To Have A Non-Exit, Non-Strategic Exit Strategy

By: Monday November 30, 2009 4:00 am

Marc Ambinder tells of a last-minute meeting Sunday evening on Afghanistan, which he depicts as a session to get everyone using the same nomenclature and terminology headed into Tuesday’s critical speech to the nation. But while Ambinder says that the Tuesday speech, expected to announce an order of around 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, says [...]

The Iranian Showdown – Sorting Through The Dueling Threats

By: Sunday November 29, 2009 12:08 pm

On Friday, the IAEA voted overwhelmingly to censure Iran for its uranium enrichment activities, including what they consider a the illegal construction of a secret enrichment plant near Qom. The 25-3 vote for censure included not only Western powers but China and Russia, which have been reluctant to impose sanctions or penalties on Iran. The response inside Iran has not been positive. One official intimated that Iran could pull out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to which it is a co-signer, and Sunday the regime announced a plan to build ten new uranium enrichment sites. Unfortunately, an increasing hardline stance both in Tehran and Western capitals could spark an unnecessary action.

Hope For Climate Deal In Wake Of Planned Obama Announcement On Emissions Targets

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 9:22 am

The news that President Obama will seek a emissions target at global talks in Copenhagen has animated a once-moribund meeting and given hope to environmentalists that something tangible can come from them. The emissions target, which Obama plans to announce “in the coming days,” will cement the President’s desire to get a legitimate climate bill [...]

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