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Since Indonesias invasion of East Timor in 1975, the U.S. has supplied the Indonesian army with more than $1 billion in arms.
Compulsory licensing and parallel importing policies could help developing country governments make essential medicines more affordable to their citizens.
The UN estimates that Africa will need $3 billion just for basic treatment and prevention programs, yet the U.S. and other Western countries donated only $300 million in assistance in 2000.
The G8/G7, a self-constituted forum of the major free-market democracies, has situated itself at the center of global governance.
Over the past 30 years, study after study by academics, development practitioners, and international agencies has demonstrated the seemingly self-evident fact that women are equal to men, and sometimes surpass men, in contributing to social and economic development.
The international community has, at long last, recognized that there are some toxic chemicals that are just too dangerous to produce, use, and storeput simply, too dangerous to have on the planet.
Poverty, social disruption and destruction stemming from these wars, and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons are major factors in expanding the use of child soldiers.
The devastating terrorist attack that struck the U.S. on September 11, 2001, shattered New Yorks massive World Trade Center, a piece of the Pentagon, thousands of innocent lives, and the illusion that sophisticated technology and powerful weapons could keep America safe.
President Bushs inclusion of North Korea in an axis of evil with Iran and Iraq is only the latest indication of Washingtons new hard-line approach to Pyongyang.
The U.S. has long considered Syria the most intractable of Israels front-line neighbors due to its autocratic government, links to terrorists, and virulent anti-Israel posture.