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All of the things "wrong" with the TPP

No thanks to participating countries revealing their their citizenry details of the TPP agreement just concluded - for that we have to thank WikiLeaks - bottom line the sorts of incursions and restrictions the agreement brings with  it are are widespread.    CommonDreams reports....

"Offering a first glimpse of the secret 12-nation "trade" deal in its final form—and fodder for its growing ranks of opponents—WikiLeaks on Friday published the final negotiated text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)'s Intellectual Property Rights chapter, confirming that the pro-corporate pact would harm freedom of expression by bolstering monopolies while and injure public health by blocking patient access to lifesaving medicines.

The document is dated October 5, the same day it was announced in Atlanta, Georgia that the member states to the treaty had reached an accord after more than five years of negotiations.

Aside from the WikiLeaks publication, the vast majority of the mammoth deal's contents are still being withheld from the public—which a WikiLeaks press statement suggests is a strategic move by world leaders to forestall public criticism until after the Canadian election on October 19.

Initial analyses suggest that many of the chapter's more troubling provisions, such as broader patent and data protections that pharmaceutical companies use to delay generic competition, have stayed in place since draft versions were leaked in 2014 and 2015.

Moreover, it codifies a crackdown on freedom of speech with rules allowing widespread internet censorship."

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