product line, made by Mezco Toyz LLC, features characters from the popular show, a drama about a chemistry teacher who turns into a drug kingpin that aired on AMC until last year. Just say no. That's a Florida mother's response to a new line of "Breaking Bad" action figures selling at Toys "R" Us Inc. She's gathered more than 7,500 signatures for a petition to remove the toys, which come with gun and drug accessories. The product line, made by Mezco Toyz LLC, features characters from the popular show, a drama about a chemistry teacher who turns into a drug kingpin that aired on AMC until last year. It includes a $30 figure of Walter White, the main character, holding a gun and a bag of cash and crystal meth. The chain's decision to sell the action figures alongside children's toys "is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values," said Susan Schrivjer, who posted the petition on Change.org under the name Susan Myers of Fort Myers, Florida. As the petition gains … [Read more...] about Toys ‘R’ Us comes under fire for selling ‘breaking bad’ line
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More than three decades later, survivors in a Vietnamese village still find it hard to forgive or forget a Khmer Rouge massacre Ba Chuc Village, situated just a few kilometers from the Cambodian border in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, is a land where the voices of the dead speak as loudly as those of the living perhaps louder. The dead are almost everywhere here. In an ossuary, more than 1,100 skulls peer through glass windows, graded by age and gender. There is a museum containing grisly photographs of victims who were slaughtered or cruelly tortured. In a temple nearby, where dozens of victims had taken shelter under the altar before being killed by grenades, faded bloodstains still mark the wall. The last moments of the dead still seem to be etched in the memories of the few Vietnamese who survived a Khmer Rouge massacre of 3,157 people thirty-four years ago. Though a landmark first case at Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal concluded earlier this month with a notorious Khmer … [Read more...] about Longing for retribution”¦ but is it coming?
PARALLEL TRADE OF PATENTED PHARMACEUTICALS: A DISCUSSION FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRY PERSPECTIVE Dr. Nguyen Nhu Quynh Deputy Chief Inspector Ministry of Science and Technology Abstract: Although the legitimacy of parallel trade was established in the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement 1994 (TRIPS Agreement) and re-affirmed in the Doha Declaration on TRIPS Agreement and Public Health 2001 (Doha Declaration), parallel trade in patented pharmaceuticals has so far been one of the most heatedly debated topics. Multi-national pharmaceutical companies complain that parallel trade of patented pharmaceuticals denies them adequate protection of their patent rights and prevents them from recouping the costs of pharmaceutical development including research and development (R&D), regulatory approval and amortization of the cost of unsuccessful drug development. In contrast, the developing (and least developed) countries, suffering from the … [Read more...] about PARALLEL TRADE OF PATENTED PHARMACEUTICALS: A DISCUSSION FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRY PERSPECTIVE
A weekend of embarrassment for the Los Angeles Clippers and their fans led to a day of healing as the National Basketball Association imposed a lifetime ban on team owner Donald Sterling for his racist remarks. "I don't think this is something we rejoice in," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said in a news conference before his team hosted the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 5 of their playoff series. "But it's the start of a healing process we need, and it's a start for our organization to try to get through this." This afternoon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver not only banned Sterling, he fined the owner $2.5 million and said he would urge owners to force Sterling to sell the team. Three-quarters of the NBA's 30 owners would have to vote him out; Silver said he was confident that it would happen. Sterling was banned after website TMZ posted a recording of him telling a woman to not bring black people to Clippers games. It came after the woman, with whom he sat at his team's games, … [Read more...] about Clippers fans cheer players in return as owner is banned
Short Story (29-11-2009) A night in Trong Nhan village by Suong Nguyet Minh The Americans who had gone through the Viet Nam War still have no explanation as to why they lost the war. Could it be because they had not understood Viet Nam and the Vietnamese people? John has attended numerous seminars, read thousands of pages of documents and watched many films about Viet Nam, yet he is still unable to give a satisfactory answer to that question. John decided to join a US delegation of Viet Nam War veterans on a visit to Viet Nam. Vietnamese writer Le Xuan, a war veteran who had been on the front lines in southern Viet Nam during the war, was assigned as a guide for John and his colleagues on a visit to the former battle front. At times, writer Le Xuan used English to clarify things to his guest, but the former US soldier was actually very good at Vietnamese. The former battle front is green again, and only scattered here and there with wrecked tanks and several rolls of barbed wire, … [Read more...] about A night in Trong Nhan village