Buried within mainstream news about Kim Kardashian’s sizable ass, Bruce Jenner’s sex change and the strange sex rites of Warren Jeff’s “church” is a blurb about the signing of a highly secretive international agreement that, on the outside, marks the largest-ever trade accord in history and promises to promote free trade among the 12 signatory nations, including Japan and the US. And, buried within this lengthy agreement, is a chapter on intellectual property (IP). Logical, yes, given each nation has a stake in maintaining control over and protection of its citizens’ IP rights. “Citizens” includes multinational corporations. That there is so much secrecy surrounding this agreement is, in itself, cause for alarm, not to mention the total lack of transparency with global citizens.
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