Protest Against US AIDS Drug Policy in Developing Nations
Fourteen AIDS activists were arrested Wednesday in front of Trade Representative Charlene Barshefskyís office during a protest against US policies inhibiting poor countries from getting AIDS drugs. The protestors claim that US policy, which sanctions countries that sell generic brands of AIDS drugs, is driven by pressure from large pharmaceutical companies that seek to maintain exclusive sales rights for their name-brand drugs. While US officials point out the need to defend US copyright laws overseas, activists point out that most citizens of poor countries simply cannot afford name-brand AIDS drugs. In the face of the staggering numbers of HIV and AIDS infected people in Africa and other parts of the developing world, restrictions on the distribution of AIDS drugs is deplorable.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government,¬†was sworn in¬†as the new President of Afghanistan today at¬†the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .