Malaysia will not sign TPPA in Hawaii

Source: Malaysia Gazette
Date: 29 July 2015
Author: Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia will not sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) at the ministerial meeting in Hawaii from July 28-31, says Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Mustapa, who heads the Malaysian negotiating team comprising experts from over 20 ministries and agencies, said: “The signing of the TPPA will not happen in Hawaii.”

In a statement today, he said, like Malaysia, each TPPA member will need to go through its own domestic process before a final decision to sign and ratify the pact was made.

“As the minister in charge of the TPPA talks, it is my responsibility to ensure that our constitution, sovereignty and core policies of the nation, including the interests of the Bumiputera community, are safeguarded and upheld.

“Our objective at this meeting is to ensure that Malaysia’s interests and concerns are addressed,” he said.

He said after five years, the TPPA negotiations are nearing conclusion and at this stage countries need to make hard decisions. Continue reading Malaysia will not sign TPPA in Hawaii

How Big Pharma gets away with injecting children with neurotoxic heavy metals

Source:Natural News
Date: 28 July 2015
Author: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The systematic takedown of medical freedom in the U.S. certainly didn’t happen overnight, but the disastrous fallout that we see today might appear that way. How did our once great republic degenerate from every citizen possessing an inalienable right to treat his own body how he best sees fit to parents now being mocked, manipulated and coerced at every turn into injecting their babies with neurotoxic chemicals and live viruses in the name of health promotion and disease prevention?

The vaccine industry’s influential power over national health policy has been swelling for many decades, having been birthed largely out of 1930s cannabis prohibition and the early days of the “war on drugs.” A major paradigm shift occurred during this pivotal time in U.S. history that paved the way for the establishment of a centralized pharmaceutical industry, including an entire industry devoted to developing artificial immunity jabs, or what are more commonly known as vaccines. Continue reading How Big Pharma gets away with injecting children with neurotoxic heavy metals

Australia faces $50m legal bill in cigarette plain packaging fight with Philip Morris

Date: 28 July 2015
Author: Peter Martin

New trade deals – good, bad or indifferent?

Liberal, Labor and Greens politicians give their verdict on new trade deals, like the China FTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Australia’s plain packaging laws have become a major test case for global tobacco companies in their fight against restrictions on sale of cigarettes.

Among the witnesses called by Philip Morris has been former High Court judge Ian Callinan, who was quizzed about administrative law.

Australia has succeeded in getting the case split into two. The first part will decide whether Philip Morris Asia has a right to bring the case.

Philip Morris Asia bought Philip Morris Australia Limited in early 2011 as the plain packaging legislation was being prepared. Australia is arguing this means it can’t claim that the law hurt it, because it bought the company “in full knowledge” of Australia’s intentions.

If Australia fails in September it will continue to fight the case, calling former health minister Nicola Roxon and her then departmental secretary Jane Halton as witnesses.

Philip Morris has been able to bring the case despite losing an appeal against Australia’s laws in the High Court because of a so-called investor-state dispute settlement clause in an obscure Hong Kong Australia investment agreement.

Such clauses have been included in two of Australia’s recently concluded free trade agreements, with Korea and China. They allow foreign corporations (but not local corporations) to sue for expropriation.

Such cases were rare until the early 1990s, but the Productivity Commission says there were 42 worldwide last year.

Speaking from Hawaii on the sidelines of talks expected to wrap up the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement with Australia and 11 other Pacific-facing nations, La Trobe University public health specialist Deborah Gleeson said she feared Australia would be unable to carve out sufficient exemptions.

Australia has asked to exempt the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Medicare, the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator from investor-state dispute settlement procedures.

“There is likely to be a lot of unhappiness among other countries about specific Australian programs being carved out, because that begs the question of what happens to their programs,” she said.

The United States has secured an investor-state dispute settlement in each of its agreements apart from the 2005 Australia-US agreement, in which the Howard government refused to give way.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb said from Hawaii that Australia was party to investor-state dispute settlement provisions in 29 agreements and “the sun has still come up”.

The talks continue until Friday.

TPP secretly trading away your rights

Date: 2 March 2015
Author: Zoya Sheftalovich

Are you concerned about the increasing cost of medicines? Do you want to know if your muesli bar contains palm oil? Want the government to be able to implement health policies like plain packaging?

Then you really should care about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement being negotiated in secret between Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

Why the TPP matters

In this report, we investigate the TPP and the impact it will have on your consumer rights and privacy. You’ll find information on:

  • the secrecy surrounding the TPP and details of how the media is being locked out of briefings
  • how the Australian government could become more vulnerable to lawsuits from multinational corporations
  • why food labelling in Australia is in danger
  • how draconian copyright provisions could significantly curb our freedom online
  • how extended monopoly provisions could make medication costs skyrocket
  • CHOICE’s campaign on the TPP.

CHOICE is calling for the TPP text to be released before a final agreement is signed.

CHOICE has investigated the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the impact it will have on consumer rights and privacy. Why hasn’t it been exposed to public scrutiny? Continue reading TPP secretly trading away your rights

UN criticizes ‘excessive’ French spy law as it goes into effect

Date: 25 July 2015
Author: Unknown

The UN Committee for Human Rights has slammed France for adopting a new surveillance law saying it grants “excessively broad surveillance powers” to intelligence services. The country’s Constitutional Council upheld the controversial law.

“The bill grants overly broad powers for very intrusive surveillance on the basis of vast and badly defined objectives,” the report published on Friday said, as cited by the Guardian. The committee (UNCHR) called on France to “guarantee that any interference in private life must conform to principles of legality, proportionality and necessity”.

The bill was passed by the French parliament in May and late on Thursday was approved by the Constitutional Council – the highest authority on constitutional matters.

“From now on, France has a security framework against terrorism that respects liberties. It’s decisive progress,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wrote in his Twitter.

READ MORE: Germany prepares for cyberwarfare offensive – reports

Numerous human right organization voiced strong criticism of the new law.

“The surveillance measures authorized by this law are wildly out of proportion”, Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, said on Friday. “Large swathes of France’s population could soon find themselves under surveillance on obscure grounds and without prior judicial approval”, he added.

“The French Constitutional Council legalizes mass surveillance and endorses a historical decline in fundamental rights,” La Quadrature du Net, a French digital rights groups, said in a statement.

The controversial law gives intelligence services the power to tap the mobile phones and e-mails of anyone linked to a “terrorist” inquiry without the permission of a court. It also obliges internet providers and mobile companies to provide spy agencies with information upon request.

Intelligence services can also place cameras and other recording devices in private homes and can monitor every action of computer users.

READ MORE: ‘France’s spy bill worse than US Patriot Act’

The passage of the law occurred following a series of terrorist attacks committed this year, such as the Charlie Hebdo massacre and a deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

Conspiracy Theorists, Why People Think You’re Crazy And How To Change It

Source:The Vinny Eastwood Show
Date: 30 June 2015
Author: Vinny Eastwood

One day you’re going to work,
Drinking on the weekends with your friends,
Spending money on things that make you happy,
Then several years later you can’t find a job,
Your friends don’t want to hang out with you any more,
Your family thinks you’re nuts,
You’re frustrated with everything and everybody,
You might have become a conspiracy theorist.

This scenario is all too familiar and it’s about time we come together to comprehend a few very important things, who we are, what’s happening to us and how we can deal with it.
Firstly, let’s define what we are and what we’re not,
To understand this fully requires the realization that there’s a spectrum and a bell curve,
So, no matter how clearly defined the parameters,
There are always extremes on either end of the scale to accommodate a minority,
But, the bulk of people usually cluster near the center in some form of balance. Continue reading Conspiracy Theorists, Why People Think You’re Crazy And How To Change It

Automakers rush to add wireless features, leaving cars open to hackers

Source:NZ Stuff
Date: 23 July 2015
Author: Craig Timberg

Charlie Miller, a security researcher, is shown on July 21 in St Louis, Missouri, with a car that he figured out how to hack.

The complaints that flooded into Texas Auto Centre that maddening, mystifying week were all pretty much the same: Customers’ cars had gone haywire. Horns started honking in the middle of the night, angering neighbors, waking babies. Then when morning finally came, the cars refused to start.

The staff suspected malfunctions in a new Internet device, installed behind dashboards of second-hand cars, that allowed the dealership to remind customers of overdue payments by taking remote control of some vehicle functions. But a check of the dealership’s computers suggested something more sinister at work: Texas Auto Center had been hacked. Continue reading Automakers rush to add wireless features, leaving cars open to hackers