50 Years of Occupation

The Israel-Palestine issue is often described as one of the most intractable conflicts in the world. With the occupation now in its 52nd year, a solution remains elusive. A key factor in prolonging the conflict has been the United States’ unconditional support for successive Israeli government’s; which has helped entrench Israel’s illegal presence in the Palestinian territories. Augmenting this has been the U.S mainstream media, which critics argue has maintained a slanted view of the occupation, one that favors the Israeli narrative over those of Palestinians.

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Patent Injustice: A Critique of Existing Intellectual Property Regimes

In light of the recent discussions around the utility of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both during and since the 2016 U.S Presidential election, our study is a review and analysis of an often overlooked aspect of most FTAs – Intellectual -Property (IP) rights and the legal frameworks protecting them.

We provide a critical look at how FTAs have expanded the reach of IP laws, ostensibly to promote innovation and competition. In particular, the case of the pharmaceutical industry is used to demonstrate how globally active corporations lobby Western governments to spread IP laws which helps them secure markets, and perpetuate lucrative monopolies and pricing power. A set policy alternatives are also presented, which may provide viable options to counteract the more negative outcomes that result from modern IP regimes. 

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