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September 2002's Issue

For those who thought space was the final frontier, here’s news - it’s actually life. And the conquistadors are Life Science' multinationals who are hell-bent on owning it. But should natural resources, living creatures and our very genesbelong’ to corporate players? Or should they belong to us all?

Intellectual property rights clauses stitched into trade agreements are making it virtually impossible for countries to opt out of and oppose patents on life. And yet the patents themselves are nonsense - if life cannot be created, it clearly cannot be owned.

Whilst the debate on the dangers and benefits of genetic modification rages on, a clear stand must be taken: research in this field must not mean ownership of the living `product’.

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Action

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Barcoding Life

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Conquest By Patents

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Currents

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The Facts

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grown Healing

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The Gene Hunters

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Letters

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Mixedmedia

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Pirates Ahoy!

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Angola

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Rice If Life

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Cover

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View From The South

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Abdul Rashid Dostum

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The democracy killers

There is little tolerance in Pakistan for alternative ideas, says Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, but squatters can still be a match for generals and financiers.

Interview with Jacquie Soohen

Filmmaker Jacquie Soohen talks about her time inside Bethlehem’s besieged Church of the Nativity.

Barcoding life

Geneticists are playing Russian roulette with life, believes Jordi Pigem.

Heaven

Heaven directed by Tom Twyker

Palaver Finish

Palaver Finish by Chenjerai Hove

Red Poppies

Red Poppies by Alai

The gene hunters

Australian biotech company Autogen dangled a big carrot in front of the people of the tiny Pacific islands of Tonga. Lopeti Senituli for one lost his appetite.

Pirates ahoy!

Some notorious claims inspected.

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Nguyen Huu Tuan

Women brick-kiln labourers, by Vietnam’s Nguyen Huu Tuan.

Conquest by patents

The US leads in the push for patents. But it wasn’t always that way, says Beth Burrows.

8 things you should know about Patents on Life

The very stuff of life itself is for sale. Dinyar Godrej tells us what we need to know in order to confront the high bidders.

McJihad

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Divan

Home-grown healing

A plant that holds out hope for people with aids in South Africa remains in the public domain. But that’s not where the story ends, as Ferial Haffajee discovers.

Desperate escape

Testimony of a North Korean refugee

Property and terror

fewer terrorist attacks

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Dragging the debt chain

debt no less heavy

GATS goes to school

GATS & free trade in education

Action

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Live at Town Hall, New York City, September 19-20, 2001

Live at Town Hall by Laurie Anderson

London is the Place for Me

London is the Place for Me by various artists.

Abdul Rashid Dostum

Tactically brutal, pragmatically treacherous: Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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A visitor in the mountains

My grandparents’ grave and the rancour of civil war, by Reem Haddad.

Polyp's Big Bad World – September 2002

Corporate branding with a smile.

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