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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This is an important episode regarding spying, Snowden and how the United States is Perceived by Spying on everyone – [Democracy Now! Audio]

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Amy Goodwin, (whom I love to pieces,  BTW) interviews Glen Greenwald on the recent events regarding the United States Prism, and the Snowden Scandal.

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I was going to cut this up,  especially presenting the statements in this episode by Manfred Max-Neef, a Chilean economist.

Democracy Now! 2013-08-05 Monday

Headlines for August 05, 2013

Greenwald: Snowden “Doing Very Well” in Russia After Sparking “Extraordinary Debate” on NSA, Spying

Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA Domestic Surveillance?

New Iranian President Calls for West to End Sanctions, Reduce “Antagonism and Aggression”

I decided that the whole episode needed a listening to. Check not out:

#PodcastAddict

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