Colombia, FARC Agree Peace Treaty -- The civil war in Colombia, which has began in 1964, seems to be at an end. After 220,000 dead, more than that disappeared and displaced, the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [FARC] have agreed on the text of a treaty in Havana ending the conflict. The ceasefire agreed in June will become permanent. The full text will be available online shortly, and the people of Colombia will vote on it in a referendum on October 2. There will be opposition to the deal, but it looks like it will pass. Fifty-two years is just too damned long for a country to be at odds with itself. [25 August]
US Drugs Cost Too Much for Many Reasons -- The latest story to emerge about the greed of the pharmaceutical firms is that of the EpiPen. This injector is used as an emergency tool to treat severe allergic reactions. Mylan, NV, makes it, and Mylan raised the price from about $57 in 2007 to over $600 for two auto-injectors. In December, Turing Pharmaceutical raised the price of a drug called Daraprim from $13 a pill to $750 per dose. Americans are paying far too much for legal drugs, and there are many reasons for it. [24 August]
Trump's Spending Shows Why He's Losing -- Donald J. Trump claims that he is running an unconventional political campaign, and there is some truth to it. He is doing a great many things that normally don't happen in a campaign. He is also not doing a great many things that most expect in a political race. The data will come in on November 8 as to whether he is a genius who has re-invented American politics or a fascist blowhard who had no clue what he was doing. Based on the current polling, the latter is the more likely. He is losing badly, and the reasons are found in his spending. [23 August]
Manafort's Departure Doesn't Rid Trump Campaign of Russian Ties -- Paul Manafort involuntarily resigned as the chairman of the Trump campaign Friday afternoon. He replaced Corey Lewandowski and was suppose to be the guy who got Mr. Trump on message and to behave in a more presidential fashion. Instead, his watch saw Mr. Trump's polls numbers decline, and insiders say Mr. Trump felt controlled by people who didn't know him. On Wednesday, propaganda site Breitbart's boss Stephen Bannon and long-time associate and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway took on many of his responsibilities. Mr. Manafort's close relationship to Russia was cited as a pretext for his removal, but the fact is his sacking leaves behind a pro-Putin Republican nominee. [22 August]
US, UK Athletes Robbed in Rio, Authorities Blame Victims -- The Olympic Games are always a chance for the host nation to showcase its culture and revel in past, present and future glories both real and imagined. Crime is, therefore, a threat to the message of the games, and reporting on crime is even worse. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Brazilian authorities and IOC big shots are being awkward over two different robberies in which Olympic athletes were given the choice of one's money or one's life. It looks from here as though the authorities are blaming the victims and are not serious about catching the crooks. [18 August]
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