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States vs Corporations: India 1, USA 0

A 21st century power battle has begun, and not many are paying attention to it. No, it’s not a military showdown…it is the amount of economic power that corporations increasingly hold over sovereign states. Back in the day, the states called the shots, but more and more power is being siphoned to multinational corporations and financial houses, at the expense of governments. This run-down of a couple of current events shows two opposite approaches: India just dissed a drug company’s power, while the US simultaneously reinforced a food company’s power. Dig this, and rage along with me!

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Keywords: India, Novartis, drug, trademark, patent, intellectual property rights, USA, Monsanto, food, GMO, genetically modified foods, sovereign state, multinational corporation, power, power struggle, legislation, corruption, greed

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In Other News…Possible Pakistani Presidential Purge

All is not well in Pakistan, and specifically not well with their un-well President. Pakistani President Asif Zardari is currently recovering from a probable mild heart attack…but he is doing in in Dubai! His health, along with something called “Memo-gate” have put Zardari in a particularly precarious position for a possible military coup by Pakistan’s most powerful person, General Ashfaq Kayani. Possible coup alert! Are the generlas going to return to power in this troubled state? Let’s stay tuned!

Keywords: president, general, military, coup, Dubai, Memogate, Pakistan

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Geography of the Drone

Multiple high-profile al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders have recently been taken by the newest of new in death-dealing technologies: the drone! But what are these drone things? How long have they been around? Who is using them, and where? And why are they exploding in numbers and usage in the modern era? The Avenger tries to touch upon all of these questions while also hinting at how the use of these unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft are revolutionizing how war itself is conducted, their repercussions on the definition of sovereignty, as well as the changes to war geography they are causing in this bold new era of the robot warriors. As Plaid Yoda would say: Begun, the Drone Wars have!

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Keywords: Drone, Predator, Reaper, Hellfire, al-Queda, Taliban, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Vietnam, Bosnia, Serbia, Israel, Syria, Gaza

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