Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 30, 2016
Conflict of interest

Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
http://www.connexions.org/Media/CXNL-2016-01-30.htm

Publisher:  Connexions
Date Written:  30/01/2016
Year Published:  2016  
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Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX18670

This issue of Other Voices shines a light on the murky world of conflict of interest, the hidden reality that often underlies appearances of neutrality, objectivity, and due process. Conflicts of interest are inherent in capitalism, a system founded on the premise that the state and society should be subordinated to economic self-interest and the accumulation of private wealth. Scientists who are supposed to be studying the effects of GMOs are funded by agribusiness corporations. Doctors who receive money from pharmaceutical companies write articles promoting the drugs produced by those companies. Decisions about pipelines are made by regulators who have spent years working in the oil industry, and who will be heading back to jobs in the industry after their stint ‘regulating’ it. Politicians receive campaign funds from corporate lobbyists.

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Contents:

Topic of the Week: Conflict of Interest
Missing from the Paris Agreement: the Pentagon's monstrous carbon boot print
A Drone Protestor Heads to Jail
Don't weep for censoring, right-wing Postmedia newspapers
We're not having it! $15bn KXL lawsuit shows what's wrong with 'trade deals'
Israel spraying toxins over Palestinian crops in Gaza
Website of the Week: Freedom Documentaries
Book of the Week: Adventures in Marxism
Film of the Week: Silkwood
Organizing: From Dictatorship to Democracy
People's History: The Compelling Memoirs of Ali Abumghasib
From the Archives: A Revolutionary Speech: Patrice Lumumba and the Birth of the Republic of Congo

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