Wall Street fears that a Brazil defeat in tomorrow's England soccer match could destabilize the country's volatile stock markets and weaken the right wing government's electoral chances. The US is largely unmoved by soccer - but if Brazil were to follow Argentina into meltdown, this would seriously affect American financial interests.
While the WTO has not yet made a breakthrough on the issue of patent-free HIV drugs for developing economies, something must be done to alleviate the human and economic cost of the HIV epidemic. Western pharma companies will inevitably lose out - the only question is how well their profit maintenance strategies can cushion the blow.
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