Business interests lobby the US government to bully developing countries into changing their economic laws and practices so as to favor the commercial interests of multinationals. Unfortunately this can come at the expense of health, education and other sensitive public interests. We are countering the corporations’ analysis and arguing for a more independent US government policymaking that defends global health.
For example, I testified at a recent hearing by the US Trade Representative, criticizing the US Government’s Special 301 “Watch List.” At stake is India’s key role helping facilitate global access to affordable medicines. Read more here.
No one quite smiles in Basel. Not on the tram and not in the café. Each of ten men sits at his separate table on a Sunday, reading the paper quietly. Our access to medicines team doesn’t quite fit. We’re … Continue reading →
We co-authored this piece in The Huffington Post with Representative Raul Grijalva, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. It concerns a US Government policy that would compromise access to medicines in developing countries. Read more: http://huff.to/1e82A0W.
December 2013 — A few days into our conferences, we attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Cape Town stadium. There’s a sense that the formal and relatively conservative Johannesburg ceremony seen on world television may not have been … Continue reading →
It’s a perfect Cape Town dawn, my first. Table Mountain looms large from the waterfront. I’m staring through plate glass windows and a well-kept garden of succulents. Morning’s long light is gentle on everything. The Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet … Continue reading →
This Thursday I’ll play my first show in South Africa at Cape Town’s Breakwater Lodge, 6pm. The show is part of the Open A.I.R. / Global Congress events exploring health, development and creativity in Africa. Join us for drinks followed by a screening of the Sundance-selected film “Fire in the Blood.”
October 2013: Click here for an article I wrote about our access to medicines work in Public Citizen News. “By providing analysis and building relationships to influence what goes on inside the secretive Trans-Pacific negotiations, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program has transformed key elements of the discussion.”