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Posted by Bob Burton on May 30, 2007

The chairperson of the Best Medicines Coalition (BMC), Louise Binder, recently appeared before the Canadian parliament's health committee to argue the case for patients gaining access to newer and more expensive drugs. When asked who funded BMC, Binder told the committee that half its funding came from the government agency, Health Canada, and the remainder was from the drug industry.

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Posted by Bob Burton on May 28, 2007

The Happy Valley Coalition protests Solid (Squalid) EnergyA private investigation company, Thompson & Clark Investigations, employed agents to infiltrate environmental, peace and animal rights groups in New Zealand, investigative journalist Nicky Hager has revealed.

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Posted by Bob Burton on May 27, 2007

In a signal that the departure of Tony Blair as British Prime Minister won't result in any major policy shifts, Prime Minister-elect Gordon Brown has supported the construction of up to eight new nuclear power stations.

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Posted by Conor Kenny on May 25, 2007

It was an eventful week on Capitol Hill, as many high-profile issues were debated and considered in both the House and Senate. Each chamber tackled legislation regarding the Iraq War, while the Senate began consideration of a comprehensive immigration bill. For an in-depth look at the bills considered in Congress since Monday, we again turn to Robert McElroy’s TheWeekInCongress.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on May 24, 2007

After giving an interview to Afghanistan's Tolo TV in which she called the Afghan parliament "worse than a stable or a zoo," because "at least there you have a donkey that carries a load and a cow that provides milk," Malalai Joya was suspended from Parliament.

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Posted by Conor Kenny on May 24, 2007

After several months of debating a supplemental spending bill which would fund U.S. military operations in Iraq through fiscal year 2007 (September of this year), it now appears as though the Democratic-led Congress and President Bush are nearing an agreement.

Posted by Judith Siers-Poisson on May 22, 2007

Examining and exposing the activities of lobbyists and their firms is an important aspect of the Center for Media and Democracy's work. Now you can help, via our online collaborative encyclopedia, SourceWatch!

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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on May 22, 2007

Noam Chomsky speaks at the Chrysler Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, May 17, 2007In their groundbreaking 1988 book, Manufacturing Consent, professors Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky not only explained, but documented with extensive case studies, how mass media and public opinion are shaped in a democracy. Twenty years later, can their "propaganda model" still be used to explain modern media distortions? That was one of the main questions discussed last week at a conference in Windsor, Ontario, titled "20 Years of Propaganda?" Organized by Dr. Paul Boin, the conference drew hundreds of scholars and activists including myself, and more than 1,000 people attended a closing speech by Chomsky on May 17.

Posted by Conor Kenny on May 21, 2007
  • On May 4, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to top oil executives demanding an explanation for implementing policies that discourage the sale of ethanol, in contradiction to pledges made by the executives in a March 2006 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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