#AceWorldNews – URUGUAY – July 09 – The sale of marijuana in Uruguay has been delayed due to “practical difficulties” in implementing a law legalizing cannabis, President José Mujica said in an interview with AFP, adding that sales will begin “next year.”
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – April 2014 – Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country, a government source said on Thursday.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because President Jose Mujica has not yet decreed the new regulations, said the government will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally.
Mujica is expected to sign off on the rules in coming days. He proposed the landmark legalization law to undermine drug trafficking.
On Dec. 23rd, President José Mujica signed into law a bill that creates a legal, regulated marijuana industry.
Despite backlash from the U.N. and neighbouring countries like Brazil, President Mujica believes legalization provides a better solution than prohibition, and will ultimately help combat drug trafficking.
While Uruguay is now the first and only country to fully legalize marijuana, other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Chile, are already looking to follow suit.
#AceWorldNews – VALPARAISO, CHILE – April 13 – (AP) – A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colourful port city, killing at least 16 people and destroying more than 500 homes.
More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.
The fire began Saturday afternoon in a forested area above ramshackle housing on one of the city’s many hilltops, and spread quickly as high winds rained hot ash over wooden houses and narrow streets. Electricity failed as the fire grew, with towering, sparking flames turning the night sky orange over the darkened remains of entire neighbourhoods.
“It’s a tremendous tragedy. This could be the worst fire in the city’s history,” President Michelle Bachelet said as fire-fighters contained most of the blazes, mobilizing 18 helicopters and planes to drop water on hotspots Sunday.
Bachelet warned that the toll of death and damage would rise once authorities can enter the smouldering remains.
Military Police Gen. Julio Pineda said 16 were killed and more than 500 people were injured. Patricio Bustos, who directs the national forensics service, said DNA tests would be needed to identify remains.
#AceWorldNews – CHILE – April 11 – A powerful earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck Northern Chile on the trans-Andean coast in the same area where another much powerful earthquake occurred on April 1, the country’s National Seismological Centre reported.
The epicenter was registered 91 km south-west of Iquique, at a depth of 17 km.
So far no damage or injuries have been reported.
#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 10 – Pope Francis has denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity after meeting with four women who were forced into prostitution.
Francis attended a Vatican conference Thursday of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations, who pledged greater cooperation to encourage victims of trafficking and slavery to come forward (AP)
Francis told the conference that trafficking is “an open wound on the body of contemporary society.” He met privately with four freed sex slaves from his native Argentina, Chile, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Francis has made combating human trafficking and slavery a priority of his papacy.
#AceWorldNews – CHILE – April 03 – A powerful 7.8 magnitude aftershock has rattled Chile’s coast. The US Geological Survey reported that the quake nested at a depth of 20 kilometres. The epicenter was located 23 kilometers to the north-west of Chile’s port city of Iquique.
A tsunami alert has been issued for northern coastal areas. The tremor was initially reported at 7.4 magnitude.
An hour before the aftershock, another quake with a 6.4 magnitude struck the same area.
The Chilean authorities announced the evacuation of people from the coastal areas of the country, Reuters reported.
The tsunami threat has also been issued for southern regions of Peru. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was evacuated from the city of Arica.
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#AceWorldNews – TOKYO, April 02 – Tsunami waves caused by a powerful earthquake in Chile can reach Japan’s Pacific coast on Thursday, April 3 at about 03.00 local time, Japanese meteorological watch office reported Wednesday.
Earlier, it was reported that the tsunami might reach Japan. According to the watch office, the wave height is expected to be from 20 sentimetres or 10 meters.
Japanese specialists urged the residents of the coastal areas to take the necessary precautions, in particular avoid approaching the coastline if possible.
As a result of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Chile 6 people died and 3 others were seriously injured. The earthquake damaged several buildings and roads and disrupted power supply.
Ace Related News: April 02 – 14.33 GMT – #AceWorldNews – SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile’s long coastline early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation’s northern coast.
Six people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth’s crust. http://wp.me/p165ui-4CL
#AceWorldNews – SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile’s long coastline early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation’s northern coast.
Six people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth’s crust.
The extent of damage from Tuesday night’s quake couldn’t yet be fully assessed, President Michelle Bachelet said, but she wasn’t taking any chances.
She declared a state of emergency in the region and sent a military plane with 100 anti-riot police to join 300 soldiers deployed to prevent looting and round up escaped prisoners.
Courtesy of AP
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#AceWorldNews – BUENOS-AIRES – April 02 – At least five people died, other three were seriously injured in a strong 8.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Chile on Wednesday, Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.
In his words, four men and one woman died in the quake. They died of heart attack under collapsed parts of buildings. The interior minister also noted that authorities had partially lifted a tsunami warning in the southern part of the Pacific coast according to Tass.
The earthquake nested at a depth of ten kilometres, the US Geological Survey said earlier. The epicentre was located 86 kilometres north-west off the Chilean port city of Iquique.
Thousands of local residents were evacuated over a tsunami threat that will remain in place for several more hours.
The earthquake damaged several buildings and roads and disrupted power supply. Looting cases were reported in several settlements.
Meanwhile, 300 prisoners escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique.
In February 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Chile and triggered a tsunami that claimed 524 human lives.
TOKYO – April 02 – Tass – The Tsunami wave from a powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Chile can reach Japan. Japan Meteorological Agency reported that waves may reach the height from 20 centimetres to 1 meter.
Japanese meteorologists urged the residents of the endangered area to take precautionary measures, in particular not to approach the coastline if there is no immediate necessity.
As a result of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Chile 5 people died and 3 others were seriously injured. The earthquake damaged several buildings and roads and disrupted power supply.
#AceWorldNews – CHILE – 22 March – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck northern Chile, but there are no reports of any damage or casualties, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake originated 101 km north-west of Lquique, a port exporting copper, at a depth of 11 km.
According to the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, there was no immediate threat of a tsunami.
#AceWorldNews says according to reports the Hague ruling boosts Peru president’s popularity to eight-month high in LIMA (Reuters) as Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s approval rating rebounded in February to an eight-month high, boosted by an international court’s ruling on a maritime dispute with Chile, a poll showed on Sunday.
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WikiLeaks Releases “Top Secret ” Global Trade Partnership
A screenshot from WikiLeaks.org
Stephen: This secret document could be seen in two ways: 1. as something divisive and corrosive; or, 2. as “a forerunner of global oneness thinking”(as sage put it when we were discussing its possible merits, purpose and contents today). I’m putting it in to the light of the latter because even if it isn’t, it’s now in the light anyway – for discussion, evaluation, alteration and/or rejection by us, the people.
I also think it’s important to remember that not everything ‘secret’ is necessarily out of alignment and that sometimes things are leaked intentionally to instigate the ‘right’ change.
From WikiLeaks – November 13, 2013
The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP.The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.
The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.
Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states. Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.
Since the beginning of the TPP negotiations, the process of drafting and negotiating the treaty’s chapters has been shrouded in an unprecedented level of secrecy. Access to drafts of the TPP chapters is shielded from the general public. Members of the US Congress are only able to view selected portions of treaty-related documents in highly restrictive conditions and under strict supervision. It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 ’trade advisers’ – lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Wal-Mart – are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text.
The TPP negotiations are currently at a critical stage. The Obama administration is preparing to fast-track the TPP treaty in a manner that will prevent the US Congress from discussing or amending any parts of the treaty. Numerous TPP heads of state and senior government figures, including President Obama, have declared their intention to sign and ratify the TPP before the end of 2013.
WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange stated: “The US administration is aggressively pushing the TPP through the US legislative process on the sly.” The advanced draft of the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter, published by WikiLeaks on 13 November 2013, provides the public with the fullest opportunity so far to familiarise themselves with the details and implications of the TPP.
The 95-page, 30,000-word IP Chapter lays out provisions for instituting a far-reaching, transnational legal and enforcement regime, modifying or replacing existing laws in TPP member states. The Chapter’s subsections include agreements relating to patents (who may produce goods or drugs), copyright (who may transmit information), trademarks (who may describe information or goods as authentic) and industrial design.
The longest section of the Chapter – ’Enforcement’ – is devoted to detailing new policing measures, with far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons. Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards. The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence. The IP Chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties.
The consolidated text obtained by WikiLeaks after the 26-30 August 2013 TPP meeting in Brunei – unlike any other TPP-related documents previously released to the public – contains annotations detailing each country’s positions on the issues under negotiation. Julian Assange emphasises that a “cringingly obsequious” Australia is the nation most likely to support the hardline position of US negotiators against other countries, while states including Vietnam, Chile and Malaysia are more likely to be in opposition. Numerous key Pacific Rim and nearby nations – including Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and, most significantly, Russia and China – have not been involved in the drafting of the treaty.
In the words of WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.
To read the full TPP documentation and accompanying information, head tohttp://wikileaks.org/tpp/
Here’s how RT.com reported this news release today:
From RT.om – November 13, 2013
Details of a highly secretive, multi-national trade agreement long in works have been published by WikiLeaks, and critics say there will be major repercussions for much of the modern world if it’s approved in this incarnation.
The anti-secrecy group published on Wednesday a 95-page excerpt taken from a recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a NAFTA-like agreement that is expected to encompass nations representing more than 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product when it is finally approved: the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.
US President Barack Obama and counterparts from 11 other prospective member states have hammered out the free trade agreement in utmost secrecy for years now, the result of which, according to the White House, would rekindle the economies of all of those involved, including many countries considered to still be emerging.
“The TPP will boost our economies, lowering barriers to trade and investment, increasing exports and creating more jobs for our people, which is my number-one priority,” Obama said during a Nov. 2011 address. The deal, he said, “has the potential to be a model not only for the Asia-Pacific but for future trade agreements” by regulating markets and creating opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses in the growing global marketplace.
Upon the publication of an excerpt obtained by WikiLeaks this week, however, opponents of the act are insisting that provisions dealing with creation, invention and innovation could serve a severe blow to everyone, particularly those the internet realm.
Although the TPP covers an array of topics — many of which have not been covered by past agreements, according to Obama — WikiLeaks has published a chapter from a draft dated August 30, 2013 that deals solely on Intellectual Property, or IP, rights. Previous reports about the rumored contents of the TPP with regards to IP law have raised concern among activists before, with the California-based Electronic Frontier Foundation going as far as to warn that earlier leaked draft text suggested the agreement “would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate,” all of which is being agreed upon without any oversight or observation. Indeed, the thousands of words released by WikiLeaks this week has concreted those fears and has already caused the likes of the EFF and others to sound an alarm.
The IP chapter, wrote WikiLeaks, “provides the public with the fullest opportunity so far to familiarize themselves with the details and implications of the TPP,” an agreement that has largely avoided scrutiny in the mainstream media during its development, no thanks, presumably, to the under-the-table arguments that have led prospective member states to the point they’re at today.
Julian Assange, the Australian founder of the whistleblower site who has been confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over a year now, had particularly harsh words for the TPP in a statement published alongside the draft release.
“If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons,” Assange said. “If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
Within the IP chapter, the partaking nations in one excerpt agree to “Enhance the role of intellectual property in promoting economic and social development,” but elsewhere suggest that the way such could be accomplished would involve serious policing of the World Wide Web. Later, the countries write they hope to “reduce impediments to trade and investment by promoting deeper economic integration through effective and adequate creation, use, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, taking into account the different levels of economic development and capacity as well as differences in national legal systems.”
“Compared to existing multilateral agreements, the TPP IPR chapter proposes the granting of more patents, the creation of intellectual property rights on data, the extension of the terms of protection for patents and copyrights, expansions of right holder privileges and increases in the penalties for infringement,” James Love of Knowledge Ecology International explained after reading the leaked chapter.
“The TPP text shrinks the space for exceptions in all types of intellectual property rights. Negotiated in secret, the proposed text is bad for access to knowledge, bad for access to medicine and profoundly bad for innovation.”
Opponents have argued in the past that stringent new rules under the TPP with regards to copyrighted material would cause the price of medication to go up: potentially catastrophic news for residents of member state who may have difficulties affording prescriptions. Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer advocacy organization, has warned that US Trade Representatives privy to the TPP discussions have demanded provisions that “would strengthen, lengthen and broaden pharmaceutical monopolies on cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS drugs, among others, in the Asia-Pacific region.” Indeed, the leaked chapter suggests drug companies could easily extend and widen patents under the TPP, prohibiting other countries from producing life-saving pills and selling them for less. Outside of the world of medicine, though, the implications that could come with new copyright rules agreed upon my essentially half of the world’s economy are likely to affect everyone.
“One could see the TPP as a Christmas wish-list for major corporations, and the copyright parts of the text support such a view,” Dr. Matthew Rimmer, an expert in intellectual property law, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Hollywood, the music industry, big IT companies such as Microsoft and the pharmaceutical sector would all be very happy with this.”
WikiLeaks wrote in response that the enforcement measures discussed have “far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons.”
“Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards,” warned WikiLeaks. “The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence.”
According to the whistleblower site, the IP chapter also includes provisions that rehash some of the very surveillance and enforcement rules from the abandoned SOPA and ACTA treaties that were left to die after public outrage halted any agreement with regards to those legislation.
“The WikiLeaks text also features Hollywood and recording industry inspired proposals – think about the SOPA debacle – to limit internet freedom and access to educational materials, to force internet providers to act as copyright enforcers and to cut off people’s internet access,” Burcu Kilic, an intellectual property lawyer with Public Citizen, explained to the website TorrentFreak.
SOPA, or the Stop Online Privacy Act, was abandoned last year after massive public campaign thwarted the US Congress’ attempt to censor access to certain internet sites were copyrighted content may be incidentally hosted. One of the bill’s biggest opponents, Kim Dotcom of file-sharing sites Megaupload and Mega, was quick to condone WikiLeaks for their release of the TPP draft and condemned those responsible for drafting a bill that he warned would have major consequences for all if approved, including residents of New Zealand such as himself.
“No wonder they kept it secret. What a malicious piece of US corporate lobbying. TPP is about world domination for US corporations. Nothing else. We will stop this madness in New Zealand,” he told RT’s Andrew Blake.
According to WikiLeaks, the Obama administration and senior heads of state from other potential TPP nations have expressed interest in ratifying the agreement before 2014. All of that could now be put in jeopardy.
- TPP Threatens Freedom of the Internet (acenewsservices.com)
- Wikileaks’ Release Of TPP Chapter On IP Blows Open Secret Trade Negotiation (acenewsservices.com)
- WikiLeaks Releases Full Text Of Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) (disinfo.com)
- BREAKING: Wikileaks Releases Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Text (readersupportednews.org)
- WikiLeaks Releases Intellectual Property Rights Chapter of Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Draft (leaksource.wordpress.com)
- WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- TPP Uncovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal (EndtheLie.com)
- Wikileaks Releases TPP Intellectual Property Chapter (crooksandliars.com)
- WikiLeaks Exposes IP Chapter Of Pacific Rim Trade Deal And The U.S. Desire To Trade Away Internet Freedoms (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)