Archives for October 2012

Greek Whistleblower/Journalist Risks Imprisonment

(CHICAGO) — Doing the right thing is risky. Greek magazine publisher Costas Vaxevanis faces charges of violating state privacy laws. Potentially he faces two years in prison. Press freedom and whistleblowing should be inviolate. Not in today’s corrupt money controlled world. More on this below. A previous article discussed a recent Tax Justice Network (TJN) […]

An HSBC office building is shown here. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

(CHICAGO) -- Doing the right thing is risky. Greek magazine publisher Costas Vaxevanis faces charges of violating state privacy laws. Potentially he faces two years in prison. Press freedom and whistleblowing should be inviolate. Not in today's corrupt money controlled world. More on this below. A previous article discussed a recent Tax

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East Coast Residents Resist Evacuation Orders, Some With Regret

Like everyone living in the lowest-lying areas of New York City, the more than 6,100 residents of the Red Hook Houses — Brooklyn’s largest public housing development — were under orders from City Hall to evacuate the zone by Sunday evening. The New York City Housing Authority gave those who lived in public housing an […]

With the aid of New Jersey State police, a man walks with his dog to a National Guard vehicle after leaving his flooded home at the Metropolitan Trailer Park in Moonachie, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in the wake of superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Like everyone living in the lowest-lying areas of New York City, the more than 6,100 residents of the Red Hook Houses — Brooklyn’s largest public housing development — were under orders from City Hall to evacuate the zone by Sunday evening. The New York City Housing Authority gave those who lived in public housing an extra push to get out:

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Officials Debate Whether To Scrap Malaria Program

The future of a pricey malaria program meant to provide cheap drugs for poor patients may be in jeopardy after health officials clashed over its effectiveness in two new reports. In 2010, the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria was started by groups including United Nations agencies and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and […]

In this Aug. 26, 2009 file photo, a merchant speaks with a woman holding her sick child at a pharmacy in Pailin, Cambodia. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)

The future of a pricey malaria program meant to provide cheap drugs for poor patients may be in jeopardy after health officials clashed over its effectiveness in two new reports. In 2010, the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria was started by groups including United Nations agencies and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and

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Insurance Policies Favoring Compounded Drugs For High-Risk Pregnancies Draw Scrutiny

When a brand-name drug to help prevent premature births was approved last year, its $1,500-a-dose-price alarmed state and private sector insurance officials. Many restricted use of the FDA-approved Makena in favor of $20- to $40-a-dose versions that had been made for years by pharmacies, saying that would give more women access to the treatment. Federal […]

In this photo made available, Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the CDC from Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health, File)

When a brand-name drug to help prevent premature births was approved last year, its $1,500-a-dose-price alarmed state and private sector insurance officials. Many restricted use of the FDA-approved Makena in favor of $20- to $40-a-dose versions that had been made for years by pharmacies, saying that would give more women access to the treatment.

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More Evidence Key Dark Money Group May Have Misled IRS

By Kim Barker, ProPublica, and Rick Young and Emma Schwartz, Frontline This story is being co-published with Frontline, which is also airing adocumentary on the group tonight. Check your local listings. New signs emerged Monday that a controversial nonprofit may have misled the Internal Revenue Service not only about its political activities but also about support from a purported donor. […]

A stack of papers in files sits on a table. (Photo by moppet65535 via Flikr)

By Kim Barker, ProPublica, and Rick Young and Emma Schwartz, Frontline This story is being co-published with Frontline, which is also airing adocumentary on the group tonight. Check your local listings. New signs emerged Monday that a controversial nonprofit may have misled the Internal Revenue Service not only about its political activities

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Texas Law Enforcement Close Enough To See Truck Carrying People, Not Drugs

Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle’s bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department of Public Safety officials have said the helicopter crew believed the truck was carrying […]

A truck travels along the stretch of gravel road near La Joya, Texas, Friday Oct. 26, 2012, where a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and sharpshooter assisted the previous day in the chase of a suspected illegal immigrant smuggler. Two people in the fleeing vehicle were killed and a third was wounded. (AP Photo/Chris Sherman)

Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle's bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department of Public Safety officials have said the helicopter crew believed the truck was carrying a

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