Posts tagged with Africa
Put simply, these companies, including ones certified by the WHO, are capable of making good products, at least most of the time. Yet the products they send to Africa are up to four times more likely to fail basic quality tests, putting the lives of patients across the continent at risk. The only conclusion one can draw is that the companies are deliberately making bad drugs and sending them to markets where they are unlikely to be identified or, if they are identified, where they are unlikely to land the companies in court, paying fines and suffering international reputational damage in the way Ranbaxy has.
Read the article to see if you agree with Bate’s conclusion.
Foreign capital is more and more interested in Sub-Saharan Africa, which, far from being a sub-continent ignored by globalization, has experienced growing interests in the areas of agriculture, mining, and energy. In Mali, the Presidential Council for Investment (CPI), founded in 2003, is made up of representatives of numerous multinationals—Anglogold, Barclays, Coca-Cola, etc.—and the FMI and the World Bank also attend its meetings. Beyond that, the Malian Agency for Promotion of Investments (API), created in 2005, notes that the influx of foreign capital is encouraged without restrictions (and permits the repatriation of dividends and of proceeds from sales or liquidations). In terms of land, the API asserts that 2.4 million hectares of arable land—of 4.7 million —are available to investors, the great majority of whom are foreigners, notably for the production of biofuels, even though the overuse of land—including cotton plantations —causes accelerated degradation and turns productive land into a desert. In the area of mining, subterranean Mali contains many more resources than have yet been exploited. Its production of gold made the fortune of South African Anglogold and put the country in the 16th place in gold production worldwide (2009). Yet, the working conditions are deplorable, in particular for the child laborers less than 15 years old, and the risks to the environment don’t in any case justify the economic benefits, which serve essentially to enrich the stockholders (20 percent of the capital is in Malian hands) and to service the foreign debt.
London (CNN) — Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world’s largest conservation network.
The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006.
The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa’s northern white rhino is “teetering on the brink of extinction” while Asia’s Javan rhino is “making its last stand” due to continued poaching and lack of conservation.
“In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented,” Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement.
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If Auschwitz marked the culmination of state violence against racially defined alien populations, the war against the Herero and Nama was surely the first step in that direction.
Albinos in Tanzania murdered or raped as AIDS ‘cure’
A widespread African superstition claims that albinos’ blood contains magical powers and their body parts are talismans.