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Africa's Malaria Battle: Fake Drug Pipeline Undercuts Progress
May 28, 2013 | WSJ| By BENOÎT FAUCON in Luanda, Angola, COLUM MURPHY in Guangzhou, China, and JEANNE WHALEN in London.
malaria  Africa  China  counterfeits  Angola  Congo  Novartis  Luanda  drugs  pharmaceutical_industry  authenticity 
may 2013 by jerryking
Some speculative truth about Canada’s new gun crime - The Globe and Mail
Jul. 20 2012 | The Globe and Mail | James Sheptycki.

So we have a poisonous mixture: A pistolized culture of masculinity. A socio-economic structure of exclusion. An illicit opportunity structure in the market for illegal drugs. And rising levels of gun availability on the streets.

There is probably even more to it than that, since society’s reactions are often one-sided. Some people advocate cracking down on the drug economy. Some advocate drug decriminalization. Some say banning guns or bullets will work, or that we need stiffer penalties. Others want better social programs.

These policy struggles, playing out in the context of fiscal crisis, are most often discussed in hyper-masculine terms. Looking for the cheapest bang for the buck, we end up “combatting gangs” or “fighting crime” while going to “war on drugs.”

These amount to attempts at repression. But repression does not solve problems; it displaces them. This suggests that the solutions become part of the problem.

This issue is extremely complex, but these speculations are the start of a plausible explanation to what has been taking place in Canada for some time. But they are only a start.

There is a demand for quick and easy solutions, and the solutions had better be cost-effective and inexpensive. There is impatience when the response from academic criminologists is for further research.

But in the face of such complexity, and to test our understanding, Canadians need to demand evidence-based policymaking. Rationality and reason are required, as well as political will. Gut instinct is no good.
criminality  drugs  economy  evidence_based  guns  gut_feelings  illicit  masculinity  policymaking  political_will  research  social_exclusion  Toronto  violence 
july 2012 by jerryking
U.S. Infiltrating Criminal Groups Across Mexico -
October 24, 2011
U.S. Agencies Infiltrating Drug Cartels Across Mexico

the United States has opened new law enforcement and intelligence outposts across Mexico in recent years, Washington’s networks of informants have grown there as well...Typically, the officials said, Mexico is kept in the dark about the US’ contacts with its most secret informants — including Mexican law enforcement officers, elected officials and cartel operatives — partly because of concerns about corruption among the Mexican police, and partly because of laws prohibiting American security forces from operating on Mexican soil.
criminality  Mexico  organized_crime  cartels  drugs  DEA  security_&_intelligence  Department_of_Justice  infiltration  informants 
october 2011 by jerryking
Drugs That Are as Smart as Our Diseases | Mind & Matter -
SEPT.17, 2011 | WSJ | By MATT RIDLEY. The very opposite of
Moore's Law is happening at the downstream end of the R&D pipeline.
The number of new molecules approved per billion dollars of
inflation-adjusted R&D has declined inexorably at 9% a year and is
now 1/100th of what it was in 1950....

Drugs must be designed to nudge whole networks rather than single
targets. e.g., to develop a treatment for the hospital infection
Clostridium difficile, e-Therapeutics drew a sort of spider's web of how
all the proteins on the outside of the bacterium interacted. From that
web, they identified crucial nodes in the network and, by trial and
error, selected a combination of molecules that could attack those

A similar approach is showing promise for cancer and even neurological
disease. It means hitting multiple targets simultaneously, the targets
chosen by network analysis. Where diseases are complex, the cures will
be complex, too.
drugs  pharmaceutical_industry  R&D  decline  research  cancers  networks  complexity  disease  biochemistry  Moore's_Law  molecules  trial_&_error  multiple_targets  Clostridium_difficile 
september 2011 by jerryking
Ghanaian SMS Start Up Tackles Fake Drug Scourge - Tech Europe - WSJ
November 12, 2010 WSJ By Ben Rooney. A patient goes into the
pharmicist, buys the drugs and scratches off a panel to reveal an
10-digit code. They send that number in an SMS message — which is free —
using a short dialing code. A few seconds later they get a text back
confirming, or otherwise, the authenticity of the drugs.
drugs  pharmaceutical_industry  Ghana  SMS  counterfeits  pharmacies  mobile_phones  Africa  text_messages  authenticity 
july 2011 by jerryking / US / Politics & Foreign policy - US border fears grow over Mexican drug war
Published: March 12 2009 21:14 | Last updated: March 12 2009 21:14; FT; by Daniel Dombey in Washington.
Mexico  drugs  U.S.politics  U.S.foreign_policy 
march 2009 by jerryking
Mexico's Drug Cartels May Have Become Too Powerful to Control -
FEBRUARY 21, 2009 WSJ article by By DAVID LUHNOW and JOSé DE
CORDOBA on Mexico's poise on the tipping point into rule by drug
law  security  Mexico  drugs  cartels  criminality  tipping_points 
february 2009 by jerryking

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