REPOST: What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:

(1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.

(2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.

The twelve nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. The TPP contains a chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, and patents. Since the draft text of the agreement has never been officially released to the public, we know from leaked documents, such as the May 2014 draft of the TPP Intellectual Property Chapter [PDF], that US negotiators are pushing for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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What Does Freddie Gray’s Death Mean for Baltimore?  For the Nation?

   

 

I have followed the news of Ferguson & Kelly Thomas pretty closely. And I’ve been stacking up a list of our would be heroes and fallen brothers who just keep getting the raw end of the deal because the law protects it’s own. The media sways back and forth, and usually gives us exactly what the powers that be want us to have in our hands, which is not much. I’ve seen the power of Occupy rise up, and then dwindle away. And now, in Baltimore, I’m wondering what is to come of the death of Freddie Gray.

And how will it change the city? The nation?

   
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Operation Ferguson is Underway

 

 

 

 

 

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Hands up, don’t shoot The images that define Ferguson’s protests by Lauren Williams on August 13, 2014

This afternoon, several hundred citizens who gathered on a public street, in broad daylight, to air their grievances over Brown’s killing were met with a massive SWAT team, an armored personnel carrier, and men in camouflage pointing heavy artillery at the crowd. Two prominent credentialed journalists who tried to report on the event were arrested for a time, and there was a report that a state senator who questioned authorities about tear gas earlier was also in custody. All this as authorities continue to cover up the most basic information about what happened on the night Mike Brown was murdered.
Read more at: There’s a police coup going on right now in Ferguson, Mo.

Why was Michael Brown shot?

On August 9, 2014, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

The details of the shooting are in dispute: eyewitnesses say Brown was killed while trying to surrender, but police say Brown assaulted Wilson prior to the shooting. Police also saidBrown was a suspect in a robbery earlier that day, but they later clarified that Wilson initially stopped Brown for jaywalking, not the alleged robbery.

What’s confirmed so far

1) Wilson shot and killed Brown in the early afternoon of Saturday, August 9, outside of an apartment complex.

2) Brown was unarmed. The shell casings found on scene were from Wilson’s gun.

3) Wilson fired at least one round from his squad car. Brown died about 35 feet from the car.

4) Wilson has been on the police force for six years, and he’s never faced disciplinary action. He has been put on paid administrative leaveafter the shooting.

What’s disputed about the shooting

The accounts of eyewitnesses and police differ. Here is what the people at the scene of the shooting say happened.

Dorian Johnson’s account

This is what Johnson, a friend of Brown’s who was with him when he died, said happened: He and Brown were walking in the middle of the street when Wilson intercepted them and told them to get on the sidewalk. When Wilson tried to get out of his car, the door hit the men and ricocheted into Wilson — upsetting the officer. Wilson grabbed Brown by the neck, and Brown tried to get away. Wilson pulled out his gun and shot Brown. At that point, Brown and Johnson began to run away and the officer fired again. When Brown realized he was hit, he turned around and raised his hands in the air. Wilson approached Brown and fired several more shots.

Piaget Crenshaw’s account

This is what Crenshaw, who saw the shooting while she was waiting for a ride to work, said happened: She saw Wilson try to place Brown into the squad car. When Brown ran away with his hands in the air, Wilson fired several shots. Crenshaw took photos of the exchange, which she turned over to police.

The police account

This is what St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who’s leading the investigation into Brown’s death, said happened, according to Wilson: Brown physically assaulted Wilson prior to the shooting. Wilson attempted to get out of the car, but Brown pushed him back into the vehicle. Brown then physically assaulted Wilson and attempted to grab the officer’s weapon, according to Belmar. At that point, the first shot was fired from the police car and eventually another shot hit and killed Brown 35 feet from the car. Wilson was reportedly injured during the encounter, and one side of his face was left swollen.

Police say Brown was a robbery suspect

Ferguson Police claim Brown and Johnson robbed a convenience store prior to the shooting. Police clarified, however, that Wilson wasn’t aware of the robbery allegations at the time of the initial stop and was instead stopping Brown for jaywalking. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Wilson realized Brown could be the suspect of the robbery when he spotted the potentially stolen cigars in Brown’s hand in the middle of the stop.

How many shots were fired?

There are varying accounts of how many times Wilson shot Brown. Belmar said “more than just a couple [times], but I don’t think it was many more than that.” Eyewitnesses indicate four shots were fired, and Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said she was told police shot Brown eight times. The police announced they will not release the results of the autopsy on Brown’s, which will make it more difficult for the public to know how many shots were fired. But law enforcement did release the body to Brown’s family, and the family plans to allow another investigation of the body. http://www.vox.com/cards/mike-brown-protests-ferguson-missouri/mike-brown-shooting-facts-details#E5758346