June

Recession fuels dating violence, curbs prevention

A survey released earlier this month finds that teen dating violence rates are higher than ever, with the economic crisis apparently worsening rates of abuse of between parents and among teens. Those June 10 results come out as school budget cuts hinder education programs focused on preventing dating violence.

Chavez lambasts big pharmaceutical firms

Venezuela plans to scrap some pharmaceutical patents and allow domestic manufacturers to produce generic drugs. Commerce Minister Eduardo Saman declared at the weekend that Venezuela's socialist government would annul patents on some medicines under a reform of existing intellectual-property laws.

Iran opposition: Even violence wont keep us from continuing

'You can be sure that even violence won’t keep us from continuing.' The great Iranian cinematographer (Kandahar or Safar e Ghandehar (2001)) Mohsen Makhmalbaf has become international spokesman for the reform candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi, whose 'defeat' in the presidential election last Friday has lit the powder kegs in Iran.

South Africa: Serious shortage in antirevtroviral funding

A one-billion rand (US$123 million) shortfall in South Africa's public sector antiretroviral (ARV) programme could jeopardise treatment programmes as soon as September, a health expert has warned.

Minnesota lawmakers ask Congress to offer public health option

WASHINGTON - Thirty-two Minnesota legislators have signed a letter supporting the Public Insurance Option as a key part of affordable health care for all Americans. President Obama has said a public insurance plan option to essential to reform health care, but some members of Congress are balking.

Poll: Online news sources top all others

UTICA, N.Y. — As broadcast television network newscasts continue to lose viewers by the month, a new online survey by Zogby Interactive shows that the Internet is by far the preferred source for information, and that it is considered the most reliable source as well.

Supreme Court refuses to hear case of Cuba 5

WASHINGTON -- The United States Supreme Court today refused, without comment, to hear the case of the “Cuba 5,” Cuban citizens jailed by the federal government in a case that has generated intense international criticism of the U.S. judicial system.

As Congress shapes health care bill, opportunities and dangers for progressives

Congress is approaching the end of its first month in this cycle of grappling with the nation’s failed health care system. There is huge opportunity to win a significant improvement to our system and a major political victory against the far right, but, there is grave danger that the progressive health care movement will be outmaneuvered, reforms will be cosmetic and the far right will be able to make a comeback. A progressive victory depends on our political work right now.