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Friday, August 07, 2009

Plagiarism, Swine Flu Survival Kits, Johann Hari: The hidden truth behind drug company profits, and Media Watch

Scott's lawyer, J Craig Williams, claims that Scott's book was published and posted on the internet in 2006 and cites similarities. Among these are that both books include an after-wedding sex scene on a beach, that both contain a scene about a woman who is sick because she's pregnant with a child with evil powers, that both feature a scene in which the pregnant wife is dying, that both include a scene in which the main character sees their baby for the first time, and that both see the main character turn into a vampire. Scott also points out that in both books the main character refers to his wife as "love". Stephenie Meyer faces plagiarism claim

Media Watch

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Swine Flu Survival Kits: Consumer Reports Guidelines

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Jaswant writes book on Kandahar hijack

America's Best Colleges, Ranked By Forbes

CULTURE: Young Women in Chat Rooms Beware

Murdoch: All News Corp Websites Will Charge By 2010

This is the story of one of the great unspoken scandals of our times. Today, the people across the world who most need life-saving medicine are being prevented from producing it. Here's the latest example: factories across the poor world are desperate to start producing their own cheaper Tamiflu to protect their populations – but they are being sternly told not to. Why? So rich drug companies can protect their patents – and profits. There is an alternative to this sick system, but we are choosing to ignore it. To understand this tale, we have to start with an apparent mystery. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been correctly warning for months that if swine flu spreads to the poorest parts of the world, it could cull hundreds of thousands of people – or more. Yet they have also been telling the governments of the poor world not to go ahead and produce as much Tamiflu – the only drug we have to reduce the symptoms, and potentially save lives – as they possibly can. Johann Hari: The hidden truth behind drug company profits

More Media Watch

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Jon Stewart Understands Fox News Propaganda

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World Briefing Asia: Pakistan: Deadly Rioting Was Planned, Group Says


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