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Strike One!

Posted by: Frenchy on January 10, 19100 at 10:46:09:

In Reply to: Another softball from Frenchy... posted by bill on December 30, 1999 at 11:11:50:

: : Well, this is all wonderful, but again, with that much brain power, technical brain power no less, where in blue blazes are the fruits of that knowledge? ......

: ---

: Indeed, that is the very question posed by Corporate giant SmithKlein Beecham. To Wit:


: While the rest of the world stands to benefit
: from Cuba’s medical discoveries, it remains an
: open question if they can ever be used in the
: United States.
: The strict U.S. embargo on Cuba, strengthened in
: 1996 by the Helms-Burton law, not only bars trade in
: food and medicine, but also restricts Cuban and American
: scientists and researchers from meeting with each other to
: exchange information. It bars any commerce that would
: ultimately bring financial profit to the Cuban government.
: Last year, the British-American pharmaceutical giant
: SmithKlein Beecham tried to press U.S. authorities into
: allowing a Cuban meningitis drug to be tested for use in
: the States. Despite a plea to U.S. Secretary of State
: Madeleine Albright by a bipartisan panel of 16 U.S.
: lawmakers, no decision has yet been made...."

: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/DailyNews/cubacancer990312_side1.html

Very Interesting, very interesting indeed.
What specific 'medical discoveries'? Who discovered them? When? In what laboratory were these discoveries discovered? What prevent Cuba from sharing these discoveries with some of their trading partners like the former Soviet Repblics and Germany? Couldn't those wonderful medical discoveries come to the down trodden of the US via Germany? Doesn't Germany have dealings with many other countries?
Or are you attemping to attach something to the bottom of my shoe?

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