The Medusa System

Inter­na­tion­al Legal and Reg­u­la­to­ry Sys­tem is the Medusa Since Oba­ma is going to make his big announce­ment tonight con­cern­ing his 10 Point Plan for Immi­gra­tion reform, I thought I’d bet­ter find out pre­cise­ly what the plan entails. I only need­ed to read one arti­cle on Fox News to know exact­ly what this is about because […]

Free Trade” Agreements Are Criminalising Farmers’ Seeds for the Benefit of Multinational Corporations

FA Note:  GRAIN is a small inter­na­tion­al non-prof­it organ­i­sa­tion that works to sup­port small farm­ers and social move­ments in their strug­gles for com­­mu­ni­­ty-con­trolled and bio­di­ver­si­­ty-based food sys­tems. What could be more rou­tine than sav­ing seeds from one sea­son to the next? After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our […]

Obama’s Secret Treaty Would Be The Most Important Step Toward A One World Economic System

Barack Oba­ma is secret­ly nego­ti­at­ing the largest inter­na­tion­al trade agree­ment in his­to­ry, and the main­stream media in the Unit­ed States is almost com­plete­ly ignor­ing it.  If this treaty is adopt­ed, it will be the most impor­tant step toward a one world eco­nom­ic sys­tem that we have ever seen.  The name of this treaty is “the […]

The Free Trade Deception Almost No One Understands

The sev­enth round of U.S./EU (TTIP) nego­ti­a­tions [began] Sep­tem­ber 29 in Chevy Chase, Mary­land. If you have heard about the two huge free trade agree­ments — theTrans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) and the Transat­lantic Trade and Invest­ment Part­ner­ship (TTIP) — being nego­ti­at­ed by the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion, you prob­a­bly think they have some­thing to do with an attempt to […]

The TPP may endanger world health, newly leaked chapter shows

Wik­iLeaks on Thurs­day pub­lished an updat­ed ver­sion of the nego­ti­at­ing texts of a con­tro­ver­sial and high­ly secre­tive trade agree­ment between the Unit­ed States and 11 oth­er mem­ber nations. Crit­ics warn that the inter­na­tion­al agree­ment, dubbed the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP), pro­pos­es sweep­ing changes to intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty norms that would sti­fle free­dom of expres­sion online and impose […]

Cyber-Espionage and Trade Agreements: An Ill-Fitting and Dangerous Combination

Yesterday’s (Oct. 16, 2014) leak of a May 2014 draft of the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) agree­ment revealed the addi­tion of new text crim­i­nal­iz­ing the mis­use of trade secrets through “com­put­er sys­tems”, as men­tioned in our pre­vi­ous post about the leak. This is a sig­nif­i­cant rev­e­la­tion, because we also know that trade secrets are planned for […]

Press Release — Updated Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) — IP Chapter (second publication)

Thurs­day 16 Octo­ber 2014, Wik­iLeaks released a sec­ond updat­ed ver­sion of the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Rights Chap­ter. The TPP is the world’s largest eco­nom­ic trade agree­ment that will, if it comes into force, encom­pass more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The IP Chap­ter cov­ers top­ics from phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, patent reg­is­tra­tions and […]

Libertarians Can’t Leave Their Love of Toll Roads

Polls reveal that Amer­i­cans oppose tolling. It has tak­en awhile to get there, but the anti-tolling move­ment is get­ting trac­tion now. Reason’s Robert Poole rec­og­nizes the threat grass­roots anti-toll move­ment orga­ni­za­tions like Ter­ri Hall’s TURF pos­es to the tax­­pay­er-sub­­si­dized tolling indus­try that was spawned over­seas decades ago, pri­mar­i­ly in social­ist Europe. It is bewil­der­ing that […]