COVID-19
COVID-19 vaccine: Who holds intellectual property rights?

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talk about the recent debates on the intellectual property rights on vaccines and the possibilities of mass immunization

G7 and the US bid to reassert hegemony

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the latest G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, the relevance and implications of the statements of the group and their approach to China and Russia

Dispatches from India: The impact of State elections

We take a look at the results of the recent round of elections in India, a report on the impact of successive lockdowns on the LGBTQ and trans communities in Jammu and Kashmir, and look at the implications of Bill Gates’ recent statement on intellectual property rights and vaccines

Bill Gates, the white man’s burden and Modi government’s vaccine debacle

An incompetent, vainglorious leadership, combined with the right-wing belief in magical capitalism, has led to the disaster that India is now facing

Palestinian boy killed during Israeli raids in the Occupied Territories and other stories

Today we look at the killing of a Palestinian boy in a raid by Israeli forces, protests against femicides in Puerto Rico, and more

Students detained amid crackdown on Hirak movement in Algeria and other stories

Today we look at the crackdown on student-led Hirak protests in Algeria, the student workers’ strike at NYU in the US, and more

Majority in G7 countries wants COVID-19 vaccine know-how to be shared, says poll

The findings of the survey shared by the the People’s Vaccine Alliance shows that the vast number of respondents want governments to intervene and ensure the knowledge is shared with others. Most G7 countries are opposed to patent waivers on vaccines

Why do we need global vaccination?

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha and immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the politics, economics and technical aspects of the global vaccine scenario in light of Bill Gates’ recent statement on technology transfer

France imposes sanctions on Lebanese politicians, blames them for obstructing reforms

French attempts to intervene in Lebanon have increased after the Beirut warehouse blasts last year. It has been in the forefront of alleging widespread corruption and supporting calls for a technocratic government

Renewed protests in Haiti amid growing gang attacks and abductions and other stories

Today we look at protests against kidnappings and gang violence in Haiti, a strike for a fair contract by Volvo workers in the US, and more

SIPRI global military expenditure 2020 Despite the horrors of COVID-19, global defense spending rises led by the US

The US military budget in 2020 alone was around USD 778 billion, which is almost 39% of the total global military expenditure and marked an increase by 4.4% from the previous year

US sets gold standards of selfishness on vaccine

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the controversy over the US restrictions on sending raw materials for vaccines to India. He also analyzes what went wrong with India’s vaccine strategy

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