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With the U.S. having left the TPP in January, some members are calling for revisions to the treaty. There may be room to renegotiate patent protections for biologic medicines, which the U.S. had worked vigorously to preserve.

“We personally believe the more it reflects the original agreement, the better,” said Ciobo.

Despite resistance by the majority of TPP countries to the US pharmaceutical industry agenda throughout the negotiations, many provisions remain in the final text that will reduce access to affordable medicines, particularly in developing countries. These problems will be exacerbated by limited, short and inflexible transition periods for developing countries to implement the obligations…

Why might major news stations ignore this consequential international agreement?

One explanation may rest in who owns these media conglomerates. For example, MSNBC’s owner, Comcast, has lobbied for the TPP. Last year, it fired host Ed Schultz, an outspoken opponent of the agreement.

Time Warner, the parent company of CNN owner Turner Broadcasting, also lobbied for the TPP. 21st more...

Up until recently, cable news outlets almost completely ignored the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — the 12-nation government agreement that would dramatically expand corporate and investor rights at the expense of medical affordability, the environment, and labor rights.

The impact of this news blackout was devastating on Americans’ ability to understand what the agreement entailed more...

Rock Against the TPP is a rare example of mainstream artists pushing fans to take political action. There has been a steady decline in artists using their voice to call for political action outside carefully choreographed events, such as the Democratic convention.

This is a far stretch from the 1950s and 60s, when mainstream success almost required an active political stance. The likes o more...

A group of artists led by the former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Talib Kweli criss-crossed the country on the Rock Against the TPP tour, seeking to bring attention to the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The tour was organized by advocacy groups with differing political stances, such as Fight for the Future, the Sierra Club and the Teamste more...

The setting up of the council was pushed by New York-based Malaysian businessman and community leader Kim Bong, a leading figure in the Malaysian Association of America.

Kim said in conjunction with the launch of the council, a business seminar on trade and investment would be held at a hotel here, drawing the participation of 100 business people and representatives of corporations who have dealings or interested in dealing with Malaysia.

A group of New-York based-Malaysian businessmen is launching the Malaysia-TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Business Council of America on Aug 25 here in an effort to widen its business network and prepare for the TPP implementation.

The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal for leave for judicial review by Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) and two other NGOs to stop the government from signing the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Recently, however, the establishment media have published many articles on the collapse of popular support for free trade in the US:

> Lawrence Summers, former Treasury secretary, noted that “a revolt against global integration is under way in the West”. The main reason is a sense “that it is a project carried out by elites for elites with little consideration for the interests more...

Provisions allowing foreign investors to sue governments in private tribunals or undermining national bank regulation, become trade-promoting cost reductions, ignoring the costs and risks of bypassing national regulations and taxation. Again, the huge gains claimed have little, if any, analytical bases in economic theory, past evidence or experience.

By understating crucial costs, projec more...

What is being sold as a free trade agreement has little to do with the facilitation of world commerce, which is enormous and already benefits from low tariffs. It has more to do with a concerted effort by investors and transnational corporations to get rid of government regulations in the fields of health, environment, labour, intellectual property, etc. and thus pose a grave danger to democrat more...

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