Leaked TPP Chapter Exposes Sweet Deals for Big Pharma and US Bully Tactics

WikiLeaks on Thursday released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights chapter, charging that it will hinder affordable access to medicines globally, increase online surveillance, and impinge on civil liberties while benefiting Big Pharma and other corporate interests.

“Our first impression in reading the document is the extent to which the United States has sought hundreds of changes in intellectual property norms, some small and subtle, others blunt and aggressive, nearly of all of which favor big corporate right holders, and undermine the public’s freedom to use knowledge,” declared James Love of Knowledge Ecology International.

Source: www.commondreams.org

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Hand in hand: Modi and Obama visit MLK Jr memorial – Vijay Prashad

“Obama and Modi had referred to the two probes around Mars that are ongoing—one an Indian (Mangalyaan) and the other an American (Maven). Such impressive scientific developments—the Sputniks and Explorers of our time—are dwarfed by the currency of war that brought these two leaders together. From the sublimity of the gifts and the visits to the King memorial came the ridiculousness of the renewal of the 10-year military agreement as well as the revitalisation of the U.S.-India nuclear deal. King and Gandhi would have picked up on one irony—that the planet around which the U.S. and Indian probes are currently in orbit is called Mars, the god of war.”

Narendra Modi’s sublime gifts to Barack Obama and the two leaders’ visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial was ironically followed by a renewal of the 10-year military agreement and a revitalisation of the nuclear deal to take forward the strategic relationship. By VIJAY PRASHAD

Source: www.frontline.in

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The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place

Newsweek’s use of a chimpanzee to represent a scientifically invalid story about an African disease is a classic case of othering. It suggests that African immigrants are to be feared, and that apes — and African immigrants who eat them — could bring a deadly disease to the pristine shores of the United States of America.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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In Haiti, Baby Doc Is Gone But Political Repression Is Alive and Well

The death of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier in Port-au-Prince  on October 4 garnered world-wide attention. However, despite the justly deserved focus on the legacy of Duvalier (aka Baby Doc), too much about current Haitian politics was left out of that brief round of media coverage.

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Carlos Lopes galardoado com o prestigiante prémio Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP)

Addis Ababa (UNECA, October 10, 2014) - Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa United Nations, Carlos Lopes, was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Prize Africa (laap), in the category Africa Action (Action for Africa ) by the Millennium Excellence Foundation, the extent of its contribution to reverse the 
economic fate of Africa. The ceremony of awarding the prize took place in Lagos, Nigeria, on 10 October of the current.

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Duvalier: Dead but Not Gone

Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier, responsible for thousands of deaths and theft of millions, who moved openly among Haitian elites, died Oct 4 [2014] a free man. Meanwhile former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, twice elected president with huge majorities only to be overthrown by U.S. backed coups, and who created more schools in a decade than in Haiti’s 200-year history, lives under house arrest surrounded by heavily armed police wearing black ski masks. …

Source: www.transcend.org

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The other Pakistani girl: Malala got the Nobel peace prize; here\’s why Nabila won\’t

Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize committee announced two winners: Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle for the rights of children. While for most Indians K Satyarthi’s name was a bit of a mystery, Malala was already a widely known international figure, her personal story documented on magazine covers around the world.The celebration of Malala in the West has long inspired conspiracy theorists who view her as a CIA stooge — and that she is now the youngest recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize is likely to prove more fodder for the same. But you don’t have to be paranoid to ask the question raised by Murtaza Hussain in Al-Jazeera: What about Nabila Rehman?’Nabila who?’ great many will ask of the other Pakistani girl who has been casting light on a far more uncomfortable truth: drones strikes in the North Waziristan.Nabila’s story is no less moving. The 10-year-old girl survived a drone attack in 2012 (she was eight then) and has testified before the US Congress to describe the horror of these attacks.

Source: www.in.com

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