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Hong Kong crisis deepens | Big Pharma and antibiotics

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019

 

As night fell in Hong Kong, hundreds of protesters remained barricaded within the Hong Kong Polytechnic University after days of running battles with police.The violent scenes came days after a standoff between protesters at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who blocked a major highway. Charles Fung and Chun-wing Lee, two researchers based at these universities who have witnessed the confrontations, write about how the violence has tested the solidarity between the moderate and radical factions of the protest movement. For his part, Paul Monod asks whether there’s hope for a Hong Kong Revolution.

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise and, worryingly, no new antibiotics are being discovered. As a result, we face a global health emergency, proof that when it comes to antibiotics, the market is broken and we should be considering taking the antibiotic pipeline under fully public, international ownership. Claas Kirchhelle, Adam Roberts and Andrew Singer explain.

Gemma Ware

Global Affairs Editor

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Preparing for a clash with police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong: violence at universities tests moderate support for more radical protesters

Charles Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Chun-wing Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

How the protest movement in Hong Kong moved onto university campuses – by two researchers who have witnessed the unfolding events.

A.G. Sanders with penicillin extraction equipment. Image reproduced with permission of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

Big Pharma has failed: the antibiotic pipeline needs to be taken under public ownership

Claas Kirchhelle, University of Oxford; Adam Roberts, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Andrew Singer, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

The pipeline for new antibiotics is broken. It is time to think outside the box.

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Mobile access won’t fix the digital divide. Fixed-line is needed too

Ryan Hawthorne, University of Cape Town; Lukasz Grzybowski, University of Cape Town

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Politics + Society

Is there hope for a Hong Kong revolution?

Paul Monod, Middlebury

Revolutions are built not on deep misery but on rising expectations. History may not provide much hope of immediate change in Hong Kong – but protesters may have a longer view.

Eritrean migrants face torture in Libya: What the international community can do

Anna Triandafyllidou, Ryerson University; Katie Kuschminder, United Nations University

In Libya, a lack of authority has allowed the ongoing kidnapping and extortion of migrants. What can European countries do to prevent the murder and torture of migrants?

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