WikiLeaks? publication today of the final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter text verifies that the pact would harm public health by blocking patient access to lifesaving medicines, Public Citizen said today. The latest leak of a secret TPP text reveals how the TPP would roll back the ?May 10 Agreement? reforms brokered in 2007 between Democratic congressional leaders and the George W. Bush administration.
Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Despite a final agreement, the text is still being withheld from the public, notably until after the Canadian election on October 19.
The document is dated four days ago, October 5th, or last Monday, the same day it was announced in Atlanta, Georgia that the 12 member states to the treaty had reached an accord after five and a half years of negotiations.
This morning, Wikileaks released the final negotiated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ?Intellectual Property? chapter, confirming advocates warnings that the deal contains extreme copyright provisions and monopoly protections for large pharmaceutical companies that threaten online freedom of speech and affordable access to medicine.
Last week, Rainforest Action Network launched a global campaign to pressure Morgan Stanley to stop cashing in on coal. This Friday, activists will rally outside of Morgan Stanley branches in 9 major cities asking the bank to stop investing in the coal industry. Earlier this week Citigroup announced cuts in coal financing after major pressure from RAN for months.
Who: Rainforest Action Network, climate movement activists, grassroots community members
What: National Day of Action Against Morgan Stanley
When: Friday, October 9, 2015
The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh propelled the two nations onto the Committee to Protect Journalists' Global Impunity Index of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished.
With the support of human rights, labor, faith, trade and democracy reform organizations, Friends of the Earth filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the expedited release of all communications by the State Department over the last two years concerning Malaysia?s tier ranking in the recently released 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Their opponents so far have ignored these ideological hiccups. But that is beginning to change. Rival campaigns are complaining publicly and privately that the two front-runners are, at best, new to the issues party activists care about most, and their activist supporters are starting to needle Trump and Carson on questions of orthodoxy to GOP principles.It must be maddening to have spent a decade or two polishing your conservative credentials on every last sub-issue, crossing your t's and dotting your i's so that none of the seemingly infinite number of conservative interest groups can give you a bad score on their pet issue, sucking up to the NRA at every turn, putting out statement after statement about how you'll never, ever compromise with the bad Not Conservatives who might want to do Not Conservative things, weaving your way through primary challenges from party members who even then think you're far too liberal for their taste?and then it turns out that any idiot can just waltz in and claim to be just as conservative as you and the voters, as it turns out, really don't give nearly as much of a damn as you thought they did.
A Republican president who himself did fetal tissue research? No problem! A pompous richer-than-thou blowhard from New York City, that most hated and non-heartlandy of liberal cities? Well, he does say the right things about immigrants, and isn't that more important than all his other supposed "beliefs" combined?
So yeah, the knives are out for Trump and Carson, or will be soon. Will it help? It's hard to say, but it should be fun to watch. Both of them know exactly what to say in order to convince conservative voters that they're true believers, but neither of them has enough control of their word-holes to necessarily pull it off.
The push is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who on Wednesday sent a letter to their Senate colleagues outlining the proposals. During the press conference the lawmakers recounted deadly mass shootings across the nation over the past several years and stressed that personal conversations with the victims' relatives and friends helped underscore the need for "sensible gun reform legislation".
Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said he was moved to support the plan when his daughters asked him "what are you going to do to stop this." Warner said he was also moved by the pleas of Andy Parker, the father of Alison Parker, the news reporter who, along with a colleague, was shot and killed on air in August.The proposals are not radical: strengthening the background check system and making it universal; shutting down straw purchases, where a someone buys a gun for another person who is barred from getting one; banning people convicted in domestic abuse from purchasing guns. It includes a version of an earlier proposal to expand background checks put forward by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) following the Sandy Hook massacre. That legislation was filibustered by Republicans.
Senators across the Democratic spectrum?from Joe Manchin (WV) to Bernie Sanders?spoke out on Thursday in support of sane laws to stop mass killings. On MSNBC Thursday, Manchin said that "it makes sense now." "If we're going to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, then we've got to stand up as law-abiding gun owners."
Why not? A Ryan pal offered this explanation to me: "Because he's not a f---ing moron." Translation: Ryan has a real future. No speaker has ever been elected president (Since James Polk in the 1840s, anyway)?and no speaker dragged into ugly budget crises by his strife-stricken party is ever, ever going to be.The pressure on him is still relentless and all reports say he's "getting bombarded with calls and one-on-one appeals from GOP lawmakers, urging him to be the party's white knight." Ryan cancelled all of his fundraisers for the next 48 hours, as well as a Ways and Means Committee hearing Friday morning.
Ryan might be the favorite, but there are still plenty who think they can do the job. "Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland and Texas Reps. Mike Conaway and Bill Flores are among the names that have been floated. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) also are continuing their bids for the speakership." Rep. Darrel Issa, the guy who screwed up the initial Benghazi "investigations" so badly he got it taken away from him and frozen out of it, briefly offered himself, but on Friday morning after the conference meeting backed off, saying he was part of the Ryan recruitment team.
Meanwhile, the wacky fun of this continues.
Jon Huntsman floats Joe Lieberman as speaker on Morning Joe during segment on "No Labels."? Luke Brinker (@LukeBrinker) October 9, 2015
Good to see "Morning Joe" staying relevant in the midst of such a big story. Of course, not everyone thinks it's a big story. According to presidential candidate Chris Christie, "nobody in America cares" who is Speaker, the person second-in-line to the president.
Now that the United States is nearing the point of one mass shooting incident per day and there are more than enough firearms to give every single person in the country a gun, let?s look a little deeper into the gun lobby?s bumper sticker solutions. Better yet, let?s apply NRA-style solutions to everything!
If we don?t need laws since only law-abiding people obey them, why do we need laws at all? Gasp, it?s true, laws will only be abided by the law-abiding. Ah, language can be such fun when you are arguing with the irrational gun-peddlers of the NRA. This would of course all be much more fun if people weren?t dying on a regular basis in our nation awash in bigger and badder weapons.
But our Founding Fathers! They were so absolute about guns that they wrote the clear-as-mud Second Amendment. Never mind the fact that both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were part of the crew who banned guns on the campus of the University of Virginia. Those two must not have truly understood the originalist meaning of the very amendment they were involved in writing, poor misguided Fathers. Enjoy the cartoon, and stay safe!
The original plan was to convene a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the women?s health organization and abortion provider, which is under fire after secret film footage seemed to implicate Planned Parenthood officials with illegally selling fetal tissues, a charge the group denied. [?]
Outside advocates and leaders in the anti-abortion community urged Republican leaders to expand the committee to lawmakers outside Energy and Commerce to include more stalwarts of their movement. GOP leadership agreed and has also listened to outside advice on exactly whom to appoint.
Speaker John A. Boehner will make the appointments, but Tom McClusky, the vice president of government affairs for the March for Life Education and Action Fund, said he has also spoken with representatives from the offices of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who "welcomed" feedback.Of course. For the record, Penny Nance, the president and CEO of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, approves of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as the chair and "urged appointments for Republican Reps. Joe Pitts of Texas, Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey, Diane Black of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Vicki Hartzler of Missouri and Andy Harris of Maryland." So check the final committee membership when it's finalized, just to see how the CWA's involvement totally did not help politicize the committee.
? CA-23: On Thursday, Speaker-in-Waiting Kevin McCarthy pulled the plug on his bid to become Speaker-for-Real. McCarthy quickly announced that he would not be resigning from the House and would stay on as majority leader. McCarthy's Bakersfield seat is safely red and no notable Republicans have ever tried to challenge him, and that's unlikely to change even after this debacle.
Of course, it's always possible that McCarthy changes his mind and exits the House a bit earlier than planned. It's probably not going to be fun for McCarthy to try and enforce order among his chaotic caucus when he knows that his path to becoming speaker has been blocked by his own loose lips. It's also possible that McCarthy will find he can't do his job as majority leader as well now that he's embarrassed himself so badly, and that he'll leave the House for greener pastures.
McCarthy tells reporter Robert Costa that he'll seek re-election to the House. But this is a very crazy situation with very little modern precedent, and it's possible McCarthy will change his mind once some time has passed. In any case, if McCarthy decides to tell the House "screw you guys, I'm going home," there will be no shortage of Bakersfield-area Republicans eyeing his seat.
Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.
Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.
A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".
Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia?s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla
Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.
Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit
Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement
The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.
The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.
Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.
Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia
Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.
Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s AftermathNon-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International
Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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