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Highlight from “Australia ready to move forward on ‘TPP 11’: trade minister”

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.

Highlight from “The TPP’s final intellectual property (IP) chapter and access to medicines”

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…

Highlight from “CNN and Fox News Are Finally Covering the TPP After Ignoring It for Two Years”

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 Century Fox — the legal successor to News Corporation, which operates Fox News — lobbied for passage as well.

Highlight from “CNN and Fox News Are Finally Covering the TPP After Ignoring It for Two Years”

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. A June 2015 New York Times poll found that 78 percent of Americans said they had heard or read “not much” or “nothing at all” about the TPP.

But now that the TPP has become a major factor in the presidential campaign, that silence is finally ending.

Highlight from “Tom Morello and Talib Kweli protest against TPP as fellow stars stay quiet”

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 of James Brown, Bob Dylan and Gil Scott-Heron were deeply involved in protest and used their platform to push an agenda.

Highlight from “Tom Morello and Talib Kweli protest against TPP as fellow stars stay quiet”

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 Teamsters, and pushes attendees to call on their representatives to vote against the deal when it hits the House floor this fall.

“Once people learn about the TPP, they generally don’t like it,” said Evan Greer, both a campaigner for Fight for the Future and a musician performing on the tour.

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