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Why Walmart and Costco shrimp prices are so low - and why you should never buy from them again

6/19/2014 - Some of the most popular American corporations are importing shrimp at super-cheap prices from Thailand, where migrant workers are in slavery, like in Nazi Germany, being tortured while they work for no pay 20 hours a day. How much shrimp is being imported that's processed by slaves, including child...

Slave labor in Asia produces the shrimp found in Western supermarkets

6/11/2014 - Men are being enslaved and forced to work for no pay at all, and for years at a time, under threat of extreme harm in Asia as part of the global production of seafood for major U.S., British and other European retailers, according to a British newspaper. Following a six-month investigation, The Guardian...

Timeline: World History of Viral Pandemics: 412BC to 2009

5/1/2009 - When observing the swine flu outbreak happening today, it's helpful to have some historical context. Viral pandemics are not unusual, and talking about one isn't "alarmist." Pandemics are a regular feature of life on earth, and they occur with surprising regularity throughout world history. Wherever...

Thailand health minister stands firm against Big Pharma monopolistic profiteering

3/14/2007 - The health minister of Thailand, Mongkol na Songkhla, has announced that the country will override international drug patents if pharmaceutical companies do not significantly lower their prices to make medications affordable to the country's poor. Specifically, he cited drugs for cancer and heart disease. Jump...

Thailand challenges Big Pharma, threatens to further override patents to give Thai people more affordable generic medicine

2/18/2007 - Thailand has stepped up its challenge to drug companies, saying it will continue to override corporate patents and make generic drugs until the pharmaceutical industry lowers its prices. The south Asian country, which last week broke patents for the HIV/AIDS retroviral drug Kaletra and the blood-thinning...

Thai government sets aside patent law to produce generic AIDS, heart disease drugs

2/8/2007 - Thailand has authorized compulsory licenses to produce generic versions of two patented drugs, one being a HIV/AIDS antiretroviral drug, breaking the patents held by drug companies. The decision comes at the protest of the World Health Organization, which wanted the country to come to a compromise...

Thailand issues license to manufacture generic version of Efavirenz; snubs Merck AIDS drug monopoly

12/4/2006 - Thailand announced last week that because of rising prices of foreign-made HIV/AIDS drugs, it would issue a five-year license to manufacture an inexpensive generic version of Merck & Co.'s Efavirenz drug. Though Merck -- which holds the patent on Efavirenz -- criticized the military Thai government's...

Bird flu reappears in Thailand, Laos

7/28/2006 - As Laos reported its first outbreak in chickens since 2004, neighboring Thailand --which has been lauded for its prevention efforts over the past seven bird-flu-free months -- reported its 15th H5N1-related death, Friday. The 17-year-old boy's infection may have come from his contact with infected...

Thailand faces new outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu

7/25/2006 - News services such as the Bangkok Post are reporting that Thailand has had its first outbreak of H5N1 bird flu since December, and that even more people are displaying flu-like symptoms in areas with sick birds. According to reports, a dead fighting cock from the Northern province of Phichit was...

Bird flu timeline: A history of influenza from 412 BC – AD 2006

2/6/2006 - 412 BC – Major epidemic of a disease (which, although not called influenza, probably was influenza) recorded by Hippocrates. 1357 AD – The term, “influenza,” from the Italian word meaning "influence," was coined. Popular belief at that time blamed the development of flu on the influence of the stars....

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