The Balance between HIV/AIDS Treatment and Intellectual Property Rights

In the aftermath of the World Trade Organization’s Trade-Related Intellectual Property—TRIPS—Agreement (1995) and the World Health Organization’s global action plan on public health, innovation and intellectual property (2008), the balance between intellectual property rights and the right to treatment remains a hot topic, especially in relation to the AIDS pandemic. The drugs required to treat AIDS often take many years …

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate, That is the Question

With the recent arrivals of the first shipments of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, confusion and debate continue to mount, as shown in various polls conducted reflecting many people’s reluctance to receive the new vaccination. According to a survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health on October 2, four out of ten adults are certain they will get the swine flu shot once it becomes available and a little over half of all parents intend to have their children vaccinated.

Social Networking: From Fantasy to Facebook

Social networking websites offer a large degree of “control” by which individuals shape their digital image: users can select a precise moment in time to act as their symbolic representation; what personal information to offer; who can view this information; and even restrict information to specific users. Larger social forces, however, inform all of these decisions. Perhaps it is best to step back and ask the following question: how does an individual determine the correct course of action for any of these options?

Civilization and Mass Destruction

Samuel Huntington argues that the wars of the future will occur along cultural fault lines; literally, we will have a “clash of civilizations” instead of wars of ideology or politics. Such civilizations include “Western, Confucian, Japanese, Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin American and possibly African” (Huntington 1993). Call him crazy, but he may have a point. The world is getting smaller, and people are noticing that they are inherently different from their neighbors culturally, and tend to identify more with their civilizational kinsmen. Broad fundamentalist religious movements are on the rise, replacing political ideology with an alternatively powerful binding force. What does this mean for Western security?

The Oldest of the Still Existing Containment Policies

For approximately half of a century, the United States has maintained a limited interaction with the Cuban state. On issues ranging from economic trade to the participation in the World Baseball Classic, the United States has unfairly singled out Cuba as the lone recipient of US containment.

The Financial Crisis: Predicting the Unpredictable

You just turned 21 and your friends take you on an all-expense paid vacation to Vegas. They release you to the card sharks with a blank check to gamble away whatever your heart may desire. You’re feeling lucky. So how much do you put on the table? A hundred? A thousand, maybe? How about billions?