The cost of living


The Prodi government is behind with the payments due. Itís not paying for medications for AIDS, TBC and malaria. Humanitarian help with UN support. Apart from anything itís like the previous government. Promises from the Italians.
Without pharmaceuticals you die. Whoever canít pay, dies. The poor nations die. The WTO approves. The pharmaceutical companies, headed up by Glaxo, rake in the money. Rich governments assist.
I donít understand. Research costs. The pharmaceutical companies have to fund the research. They gain as well (how much?). But to observe the death from AIDS of 30 million Africans is a crime against humanity. Full stop. Thereís no discussion.
What the hell is the use of the United Nations and the governments if they donít know how to face up to humanitarian disasters? They do nothing to oppose the companies with the monopoly over the production of pharmaceuticals.
That hold the ownership of the patents for 25 years. A generation. The life of a part of humanity is worth less than a patent. They forbid the self-production of pharmaceuticals, as has happened in South Africa for AIDS.
Itís better to have a good budget and loads of corpses. The death budget.
Piero Ricca interviewed the Euro parliamentarian Vittorio Agnoletto.

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Posted by: luca fortunato | April 2, 2007 03:20 PM

Raw capitalism has little patience with small details like human suffering. Remember when the good hearted Clinton bombed half of Sudan's pharmaceutical production with just one bombing raid in the vain attempt to kill the ubiquitous Osama Bin Laden? Picture those poor Sudanese trying to refill their prescriptions. Sorry, no more drugs for a few years, die in peace.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | March 2, 2007 09:37 PM

Looks like AIDS has been introduced just to get rid of certain types of individuals.

Probably those companies are part of the game.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | March 2, 2007 03:59 PM

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