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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Events around the country: Rise up against TTIP!

I received this e-mail today and since basically anything new about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership churns my stomach and gives me a headache,I just had to do my bit to let you all know.This is an issue you are rightly supposed to be tensed on.Here is the mail.
This details out the ways in which YOU can help by taking the necessary ACTION.A call for all activist hearts in the heart of Europe and associated regions.
Join War on Want as we take to the streets in events around the country next week targeted against TTIP, the secretly negotiated EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Check out the list below.
October 6 marks one year since we launched one of the most successful petitions seen in Europe – the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP. Almost 3 million people, including almost 500,000 in the UK, have signed the ECI against the trade deal in outrage at TTIP’s assault on our social, health and environmental protections, privatisation of our public services and use of 'corporate courts' so big business can sue European governments for policies affecting their profits. Here's what's happening:
  • 5 October: TTIP and the Fight for a People’s Europe. A free event at5.30pm in Manchester to debate what TTIP means for the future of Europe. Speakers include: author, columnist and War on Want patron, Owen Jones, Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, John Rees of People’s Assembly and War on Want Executive Director John Hilary. Register here, share here.
  • 7-10 October: join petition hand-ins around the country, including at the European Commission office in London, at 11am on 7 October.
  • 10 October: Rise Up Against TTIP! Come to a free event at 7.30pm at Conway Hall, London. Speakers include: Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP, Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett, Juliet Stevenson (Artists Against TTIP). Register here, share here.
Best wishes,
Mark Dearn
Trade Campaigner

Disclaimer : This post is based on the propagation of an initiative originally taken by War on Want.
War on Want fights against the root causes of poverty and human rights violations, as part of the worldwide movement for global justice. 

It is a kind request to all sensible and well-informed citizens of Europe to sign this petition and if possible,head to this link and donate to this cause (and other noble causes) on War On Want.

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  1. The Australian Government has stated clearly that it will not accept an outcome in the TPP that adversely affects the PBS or our health system more generally, or increases the price of medicines for Australians

    Why is medication a good example ?

    An example of concerns legitimately raised is the drug Daraprim used treating malaria which was approved by the US's F.D.A. in 1953 then produced for long period by GlaxoSmithKline. The US FDA approval influences many countries decisions.

    Daraprim several years ago it cost only about USD$1 a tablet, however the prices rose sharply when rights to the drug were sold on and on and on.

    Research by IMS Health tracked prescriptions and sales of the drug finding it jumped to USD$6.3 million in 2011 from USD$667,000 in 2010, in same time prescriptions issued remained steady around 12,700.

    In 2014 the prices rose again with sales around USD$9.9 million yet the number of prescriptions shrank to 8,821.

    Recent concerns were when Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up run by a former hedge fund manager, acquired the drug Daraprim then immediately raised its' price to USD$750 a tablet from USD $13.50, making the annual cost of treatment for some patients in the hundreds of thousands of USD$.

    Most of us accept the need for those who discover and develop medicines which work need reasonable protection through copyright for costs of their discoveries then development and testing to market ready medications.

    Particular attention rests on the word "reasonable" pricing and reasonable protection.

    Australia's PBS scheme contributes to costs and market prices on many drugs for social benefit, the ability to ensure more people obtain medications they need.

    India also can be proud of its efforts to ensure "reasonable" is measured so as to include wider public good.

    All need be cautious and to ensure Treaties terms are measured carefully to be sure they pass the "reasonable" test.

    1. India might be proud of her attempts until now since the governance has changed very recently,shifting power to a more right-leaning,murderous,fundamental,Obama-loving governance.This is dreaded,of course and very,very scary.
      The last party in power (INC) was at a political position of centre-left and then too they had to lean further rightwards,owing to the pressures from IMF and World Bank.In fact,we had to allow a complete open economy back in the 1990s due to the fact that they threatened to stop giving this country the right to export anything,you must be remembering the case of the imposition of the Super 301 back then.INC,however was FULL OF SCAMS that ultimately led to their fall.Pretty much a very frustrating situation can be noticed in national and state levels of Indian Politics,especially in the part above the Tropic of Cancer.

      It is good for Australia that the liberal rightist governance still refused to accept this dirty deal.I did not have much idea about Daraprim and the unfair price rise that had taken course just for promoting private gains.Thank You for the valuable information.

      It is hard to say what will happen to India right now,BJP loves privatisation and drearier levels of it,they also are conservatives and of the kind who have issues with women wearing skirts but most importantly,the harmful part is the promotion of neo-liberalism that they trying to 'achieve' so hard,I do not know how worsely unfair things are supposed to be after this.About medication,about healthcare,about banking and all public services that involve huge amount of grants.Moreover,the context is not the same here.People lack education,you can brainwash them saying the funniest things and nobody will sue you for anything.

      About TTIP,what shall I say? They mess with everything,with people,with the environment,with the wildlife.They worsen the class struggle,they instigate trickle down further.Already,some 49.7 million people are poor in the States,that's a wild almost 80%.This poses a threat and a threat to all forms of life and worse outcomes than we can imagine in a while.


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