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Big Pharma, Low Libido And The Rise Of Disease Mongering

The pharmaceutical industry looks to identify new diseases so it can push new drugs on the market, and patients play along. The approval of reduced female libido as a pathology is a case in point.

Pills for everything, and then some
Pills for everything, and then some
Wiebke Hollersen

MUNICH — A woman doesn't want to sleep with her husband anymore. She still loves him, and she once enjoyed having sex with him. But now, she's never in the mood. What sounds like a common problem among couples who have been together for a long time is now being treated as a pathology.

These days, not wanting to have sex can be cured. There's a pill for that, and it has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But this certainly is no proof that a woman not having any more sexual desire towards her partner has anything to do with a pathological disturbance.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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