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    José Oliveira:
    28-Jul-2016

    No compromise whatsoever! Down with all the corporate treaties!!!
    There can never be any reasonably justification for big companies to be granted much more previliges than all other social actors.

    KIT JONES:
    15-Jul-2016

    THIS IS WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST THIS FALL HERE IN THE USA, AS WELL AS IN THE OTHER 11 NATIONS INVOLVED IN THIS TOXIC MESS!!! BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID.
    AND THEN.....
    STOP the Unconstitutional TRANS-PACIFIC "PARTNERSHIP" so-called "free trade" treaty!!!!!
    #NoLameDuck2016 Congressional session!!!

    Jennifer Jones:
    7-Jul-2016

    This is well intentioned - but so terribly naive and inaccurate

    Nothing in the TPP can increase drug prices; the maximum price of a drug is determined by the PMPRB. It may increase costs but that’s not the same thing.

    "Pharmaceutical development can reach costs as high as $1.3 billion".
    Really? You know this to be true? Because you’ve read that it is?

    "The TPP influences drug prices by strengthening intellectual property rights and preventing generic drug production.
    Two ways such rights are strengthened include making “evergreening” easier for innovative firms and by granting data exclusivity to pharmaceutical products."
    The TPP may delay generic marketing but it cant prevent it. And nothing about the data exclusivity regime current;y in place in Canada is altered as a result of the TPP.

    "Evergreening is the renewing of patent protection on pre-existing drugs through minor adjustments. Previously, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights flexibilities under the World Trade Organization, allowed countries to control patent term length through high requirements for patent renewal."
    Patents dont get ’renewed’

    Nothing in Canada’s patent regime is altered by the TPP either - all those requirements are pre existing.

    "Data exclusivity refers to the protection companies are granted on information related to their patented medications. The TPP requires that new pharmaceutical products receive at least five years of data protection — and existing products that have new uses receive at least three years — which can extend beyond the patent period. As a result, generic drug manufacturers must wait until exclusivity ends, or conduct their own expensive and time-consuming clinical trials, before being able to sell generic drugs — once again, keeping drug prices high."
    Nonsense - Canada already provides 8 years of data protection across the board!

    "By raising the prices of medications, the TPP makes it more difficult for patients to access their medications."
    the TPP cannot raise the price of medications!

    "By switching to a single-payer purchasing system, rather than the expensive multi-payer system we currently use, the bulk savings and reduced administrative costs are substantial. Such a system would effectively neutralize the price increases of the TPP while providing Canadians with fair and equitable access to resources that will restore their health."

    A single payer drug program is a great idea but effectively neutralizing the (non existent) price increases of the TPP? Not so much

    For the record I am stridently anti TPP but I do not think the credibility of opposition to the TPP is enhanced by naive and poorly researched pieces like this one.

    Luciana:
    28-Jun-2016

    Compañeros/as, creo que es una nota fundamental la que publican aquí, La política de los tratados de libre comercio sí aparece como una cuestión del macrismo, especialmente porque el kirchnerismo sostenía, en "su modelo", una política de mayor industrialización (a favor de grupos concentrados nacionales), que llevaba a la oposición a la firma de TLC. Además, el kirchenismo era hijo de la política anti-neolibral de los 90`s, al igual que el resto de los "progresismos" latinoamericanos.
    Sin embargo, el kirchnerismo sí pagó 5 demandas en el Ciadi, en vez de salirse del sistema de arbitraje como sí lo hicieron Bolivia, Venezuela y Ecuador. Con esto se cayó el relato de la defensa de la jurisdicción nacional. Hoy, decir NO al libre comercio es decir también NO al pago de las demandas en el CIADI, y NO a los tribunales arbitrales extranjeros que sólo benefician a las grandes corporaciones!

    Ahmed Salem Amr Khaddad:
    26-Jun-2016

    WSRW is a fake NGO sponsored by algeria relays to attack Morocco and Western Sahara unity. WSRW is not talking on behalf of the Western Sahara community but on behalf of the algerian military regime. Erik Hagen is well known for his round-trips to algeria to get orders and $$$ envelopes. He is spying the Scandinavian governments for the account of the algeria military regime. WSRW can’t be credible because of corruption and tax avoidance! Thanks

    Jennifer Jones:
    13-Jun-2016

    Honestly, I expect a higher standard of reporting from the Guardian.
    Let me say at the outset I am no fan of ISDS, but to claim that "ISDS provisions allow foreign corporations to sue the Australian government in an international tribunal if they think the government has introduced or changed laws that significantly hurt their interests" is at the very least, outrageous hyperbole.
    ISDS provisions only allow corporations to bring actions if a Government acts in a manner inconsistent with its treaty obligations that is contrary to the interests of the corporation - so you left out the critically important bit.
    The problem with nonsense reporting like this is that it actually undermines the credibility of legitimate and well informed anti-ISDS advocacy, as we all get tarred with the same hyperbolic, scare-mongering brush.
    Next time, do your homework please.

    Ahmed Salem:
    6-Jun-2016

    Danish MPs should listen to native Western Saharawi not to algeria diplomats&DK NGOs funded by algeria like Afrika Kontakt. NGOs sponsored by algeria will look for the status quo to keep the algerian sponsorship: human absurdity!
    Thanks

    Jess Chesnut:
    28-May-2016

    HELP...This could be the wake up call needed to publicize the issues on how these new generation trade (NOT) deals will inflict corporate control on the everyday happenings of everyday people. We need to safeguard the MUSH group.

    ignasi orobitg gene:
    19-May-2016

    Hello
    very briefly
    TTIP want to change the rights of citizens by customer

    Nicolas Roux:
    13-May-2016
    Jotay point net:
    13-May-2016

    Très beau article mais la prochaine fois ayez l’amabilité de nous cité quand vous reprenez nos photo

    Marcelo Maciel:
    5-May-2016

    En español. El arbitraje en este caso será el camino que deberá seguirse. Otro caso, de mayor envergadura es el caso de la tabacalera Philips Morris contra el gobierno de ROU.

    En el marco del convenio de inversiones sin dudas este acuerdo es fuente de derecho entre los dos países. ( EEUU-ROU)

    Hanns-Peter:
    23-Apr-2016

    All is well thought, but money makes the world go round - money of a minority. And they make the rules.

    Silvia Rodriguez Cervantes:
    2-Apr-2016

    El artículo quedó cortado.... me quede esperando mas sobre como el TPP hace que los indígenas no controlen mas sus semillas, al igual que la consulta indigena...

    Mohamed Oudebji:
    26-Mar-2016

    J’ai apprécié fortement la qualité scientifique de votre brève note. Est-il possible d’avoir les Email de Adriana Homolova, Eva Schram et Frank Mulder ??
    I am Professor of International Investment Law and Trade at the Faculty of Law and Economics in university of Marrakech in Morocco.
    Let me mention that I am an expert (in French language) of UNCTAD in the field of International Investment Agreements (IIA) since 2003. Moreover I was an expert, between 2003 and 2007, of the « WTO’s Institute on Technical Assistance » in area of Trade and Investment (in French), for the region of African French Speaking Countries.
    Je dois vous indiquer que j’avais participé à une Conférence organisée conjointement par l’African Association of International Law and New York Forum Africa, au début septembre 2015 au Gabon. Le thème était International Law and Economic Development in Africa. Aussi, j’avais participé (1 et 2 décembre à Djibouti) à une conférence intitulée « The Rule of Law and Investment. Investigating Motors for Development».

    Prof. Oudebji Mohamed
    Email: oudebji@hotmail.com
    Email : moudebji@hotmail.com
    Mobile Phone : 212 6 64 52 28 66

    Nicolas Roux:
    4-Mar-2016

    The issue comes from their site. They seem to have removed the content.

    Pohiva Tuionetoa:
    2-Mar-2016

    Do you have a better option for FICs to replace PACERplus?

    GreenSenior:
    28-Feb-2016

    Does this NAFTA judicial panel allow reporters in to these hearings? How could someone like me (from far away from Toronto) get info on the final ruling? Is there a contact person please?

    Evert-Jan Brouwer:
    26-Feb-2016

    The link to IFPRI’s discussion paper does not work. Can you provide the correct link?

    Jilles:
    21-Jan-2016

    @Garrett Workman, we also filed a freedom of information request at the USTR. This is where we obtained the information mentioned in the article. Before release these documents were redacted by the FOIA team to prevent making any information public where (quote) "disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."

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