David Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf.
Two years ago, I wrote a post suggesting that there were serious conversations going on at a high level within the U.S. government about whether or not it might someday support the candidacy of a non-U.S. citizen to be the head of the World Bank. At the time, I heard from senior officials that there was a real openness to do so. There was even speculation that Brazil's President Lula might be a candidate.
Some skeptics of the value of advertising prescription drugs directly to consumers have an idea: What if there were a moratorium on ads during the first two years on the market?
Maybe, the thinking goes, an ad timeout for new drugs would allow time for the full range of their side effect in the real world to become clear. And a curb on early ads could tamp down excess increases in drug spending, the advocates of the approach figure. Drugmakers spent $4.7 billion on DTC ads in 2008.
"At least three people are reported killed in the southern Syrian town of Dael after security forces opened fire to disperse a demonstration," al-Jazeera reports, saying it is getting that information from activists in Syria.
In Yemen, according to al-Arabiya TV (via Reuters), the air force has "dropped bombs on armed tribesmen who seized an area outside the capital Sanaa."
In a moment of candor after his political career had ended, former vice president Al Gore averred that his support of ethanol was in part driven by "a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president." Gore, it should be noted, cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate when he was vice president in 1994 to pass the first statute to mandate the use of ethanol as an additive to certain reformulated gasoline blends.
French investigators examining the 2009 crash of Air France flight 447 have released information on the accident taken from the flight data recorders. These were recently recovered from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The jet apparently stalled after flying into a powerful thunderstorm and fell into the ocean with its nose still up.
In Sudan, "around 80,000 people have fled since the north Sudanese army seized the disputed Abyei region almost a week ago," a local official tells Reuters.
"The situation is going from worse to even worse," Dominic Deng, commissioner of the of a region in south Sudan that borders Abyei told the wire service. Many of the refugees have fled to his region, Deng said, and "they are sleeping under the trees. They need food and water ... some people are dying."
The Philadelphia Phillies had a problem against the Cincinnati Reds the other night. By the 19th inning, the Phillies had used up all their relief pitchers. With his teammates snickering, second baseman Wilson Valdez took the mound. He proceeded to pitch a scoreless inning and got the win.
There are 1.8 million species in the world — and millions more are waiting to be discovered. This week, the International Institute for Species Exploration named its top 10 discoveries of the year. Among them: a mushroom that glows in the dark, and a bacteria found on the remains of the Titanic.