Tuesday, 31 March 2015
REAL JOURNALISM IN ACTION (even if it’s always with a pro-Russian spin)
WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU?
The Onion is funny. These other sites aren’t—and that’s intentional. They’re cashing in on your gullibility and knee-jerk outrage.
“IT’S THE JEWS!”
AMERICA’S MILITARY IS RUN BY OATH-BREAKING TRAITORS (but who is Roy Potter QA?)
FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT?
WESTERN PUPPET TRAITORS PUSHING NEEDLESS WAR WITH RUSSIA
WHEN JESUITS ARE DONE WITH THEIR COMMUNISTS, THEY HAVE THEM TEACH YOUR CHILDREN
WIKIPEDIA OUTS THE TOILET PAPER PARTNERSHIP
WikiLeaks released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the world’s largest economic trade agreement that will, if it comes into force, encompass more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The IP Chapter covers topics from pharmaceuticals, patent registrations and copyright issues to digital rights. Experts say it will affect freedom of information, civil liberties and access to medicines globally.
Despite claims from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) states that a final agreement would be reached by the start of this year, the publication of the draft IP Chapter led to a backlash – no agreement was realised, country alignments have altered and negotiations continue. However, US negotiators have made a counter-attack. The latest leaked version of the draft text shows the United States pushing for measures that would significantly constrain affordable access to vital generic drugs, such as cancer drugs and treatments for communicable diseases such as Ebola.
Despite the wide-ranging effects on the global population, the TPP is currently being negotiated in total secrecy by 12 countries. Few people, even within the negotiating countries’ governments, have access to the full text of the draft agreement and the public, who it will affect most, none at all.
When compared against other TPP chapters, the Environment Chapter is noteworthy for its absence of mandated clauses or meaningful enforcement measures. The dispute settlement mechanisms it creates are cooperative instead of binding; there are no required penalties and no proposed criminal sanctions.