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The Dream of Fair Medicine Prices

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The Dream of Fair Medicine Prices

Being happy about improved negotiations between pharmaceutical companies and the United States government might be on the same level as appreciating a particularly deep green tone on a decaying limb, but given the level of government we are accustomed to living in, I dare call this cause for hope. Massachusetts Legislators approved a change in the law this summer that is intended to reduce drug costs in the state Medicaid program, or MassHealth, by negotiating discounts directly with drug companies. As previously written about, pharmaceutical price increases outpace inflation by multiples partially due to the lack of negotiations between pharmaceutical...

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From Pipelines to Graveyards

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From Pipelines to Graveyards

An oil pipeline plan has the potential to inflict more damage than any natural disaster of which the world has record. For instance, the very thought of one extending from Iran, through Iraq, and into the Mediterranean accessing Syria prompted Arab oil-producing states to funnel bodies and fortunes to Sunni radicals throughout the region – essentially, ISIS and the Syrian “Civil War.” Already amid a collateral damage rich campaign to expand into Syria, NATO member Turkey now finds itself dealing with a new pipeline, one that spans from Israel to Cyprus, through Crete and Greece, and finishing in Italy. On...

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Space Wars of Tomorrow

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Space Wars of Tomorrow

When I consider the unique state the United States found itself in after WW2, as the sole possessor of nuclear weapons, I am reminded of the derivative yet compelling Jordan Peterson quote: “A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very dangerous man who has that under voluntary control.” While being deeply critical of even century-old American policies, granting any number of possible and damning conspiracies, an objective viewer should grant that America’s choice to not systematically dismantle existing militaries and exterminate all potential for non-American militaristic growth around the globe was the most moral...

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Signs of Hope in Iraq

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Signs of Hope in Iraq

While many are aware of the story of ISIS, many forget the fractured state Iraq was in before the emergence of the terrorist group. With the capitol firmly rooted in Shiite control, fears of Sunni voter suppression and other forms of legislative discrimination were quickly realized. To the north, Kurdish oil negotiations stalled and the constitutionally guaranteed promise of an independence referendum increasingly grew more unlikely to be fulfilled in a way that satisfied all parties. Essentially, as it had been before the WW1 victors created the state, Iraq was operating as three separate factions. Since the 2005 creation of...

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Dictators Love Boxing, Too

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Dictators Love Boxing, Too

Many of the biggest players in American cinema and sport have recently adopted the role of being entertainment coordinator for the world’s most appalling leaders. Whether it’s the world heavyweight championship of boxing being hosted in Saudi Arabia or major blockbuster films dropping scenes that pain China in a negative light, we’re seeing organizations abandon their stated ideology in exchange for play in a new market.  In the case of Saudi Arabia, a dictator gets the prestige of hosting an extravagant event and the positive western press that accompanies such a thing, and imported domestic workers maintain in slave like...

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