This month, I became the first MP to disclose in the House of Commons that they were HIV positive. Of course, there were personal reasons for my decision to make such a public announcement, but my primary motivation was to help destigmatise the conversation around HIV and to point out the impediments we face in winning the fight against the virus. These impediments include the current British government. HIV was a death sentence for the vast majority of people who contracted it in the 1980s and it is this horror that remains within our collective consciousness despite the fact that the reality of living with the virus has been transformed by medical advances. Modern antiretroviral drugs mean that, other than taking one pill every day, my life is no different to HIV-negative people. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an … [Read more...] about ‘Why I declared my HIV status in parliament – and what needs to happen next’
Why is eastern europe so poor
In the second four-week chapter of Decoding Cancer, we’re going to France where we’ll look at how a kaleidoscopic arsenal of drugs, devices and services is presenting policymakers with difficult decisions about where best to direct scarce public resources. POLITICO’s Global Policy Lab: Decoding Cancer is a collaborative journalism project seeking to explore how patients, communities, policymakers and the private sector are grappling with one of Europe’s most pressing health challenges. This interactive editorial series is presented by Pfizer Oncology and IBM Watson Health. View in your browser. The other c-word Here we are at chapter 2 of our Global Policy Lab on Decoding Cancer. If you’ve been with me for chapter 1, thanks for sticking with this not-so-easy topic. And if you’re just joining now, you’ve arrived just in time for the main course — Tackling Treatment — but you can nosh on the appetizer, Roadways to Research, … [Read more...] about POLITICO Global Policy Lab: Cancer’s other c-word — Europe’s age factor — The CAR-T conundrum
A: Could you tell me more about what brought you here? M: I’m half French, half British and, before coming to Moldova, I was associate professor of economics at a French public university. A few years ago, I wanted to learn Romanian, for no special reasons: I liked the language and wanted to learn it in Romania, so I went to Brasov and did a summer course there. My first contact with Moldova was 10 years ago. I was teaching in Nice, in the South of France, and I had a few students from Moldova. At the time, I didn’t even know where Moldova was, I was curious. I just went there after my trip to Romania. I tried not to go on Google or get information from other people, I wanted to get my own impressions. Without much research, I must say I heard people say that “Moldova is a very poor country, poorest in the Europe, etc.” My first experience in Chisinau was, actually, kind of a good surprise. I like your country very much. At the time, my Romanian was very bad … [Read more...] about How critical with is the upcoming European Parliament resolution on Moldova?
Sure as night follows day, every new presumed Russian atrocity – the Skripal poisoning, for instance – brings the hoary old accusation in its wake. Russia is on a fast track back to the Cold War Soviet Union, or indeed – woe is us – is already there. The claim comes with various adornments: today’s Russia is a totalitarian dictatorship; Vladimir Putin is a latter-day Stalin. Russia’s double objective, so it goes on, is to oppress its own people and divide and conquer the west in the shape of Nato or the European Union. Today’s more discerning cold warriors accept that the present ice age is different in many respects from the old. But they still insist that the confrontation of two blocs representing diametrically opposed values systems (open vs closed, altruistic vs selfish, defensive vs aggressive, free vs enslaved, good vs bad) is in essence the same. A bear may smile and wave its paws in the air, but it is still a bear. Let me start with an … [Read more...] about The Cold War is over. Someone needs to tell the west
Jason Moran's Harlem Hellfighters, Barbican ★★★☆☆ The new art and musical works commissioned by 14-18 NOW, set up to mark the centenary of the First World War, have struck many kinds of tone; mourning, black humour, outrage, even Dadaist absurdism. Their latest commission, unveiled at the Barbican, was the moment for a completely different tone – unabashed toe-tapping jollity. “The Harlem Hellfighters: James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin,” celebrated the legacy of the man who introduced European audiences to the exciting new sounds of ragtime, with his troupe of fellow First-World-War regimental bandsmen. Europe was clearly an amazingly gifted musician, who was determined to advance the cause of black musicians. "We coloured people have our own music that is part of us. It's the product of our souls; it's been created by the sufferings and miseries of our race,” he declared. In 1912 Europe created the … [Read more...] about Jason Moran’s Harlem Hellfighters salute James Reese Europe, plus the best jazz and folk gigs of 2018