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PBC News & Comment: New TPP Leak Shows Pharma’s Muscle

New Zealand, other partners push US to abandon protections for pharmaceutical giants, according to new documents from “watchdog group” WikiLeaks…

–Public Citizen says the secret deal could prevent Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices in US

–Obama dispatches 450 more troops to Iraq for pointless training, says new approaches to IS fight aren’t new

–State Department spokesman says fighting IS will take at least 3-5 years

–in the multi-sided war in Syria, Hezbollah repels IS attack at Lebanon border

–Secretary of State Kerry shown in hospital photo recovering from bike accident, directs Iran negotiations

–a setback for Israel, as EU requires products made in Israeli settlements on West Bank be labeled

–Baha Hilo, a Palestinian who doesn’t identify with Hamas or Fatah, explains Israel’s “separate but equal” segregation policies in our latest in-depth interview

–Sens. Feinstein and McCain draft new ban on US torture, but so far no “teeth” are apparent

–in sign of our tarnished stature, UN officer on torture pens op-ed about pending extradition of suspect to Mexico

–New Orleans appeals court defies Supremes, upholds most of Texas abortion restrictions that are clearly unconstitutional

–despite court order, Louisiana has not released Albert Woodfox, who spent 40 years in “the hole”

–new study show female veterans commit suicide at 6 times the rate of males

–6 Raging Grannies arrested in Seattle protest of Shell Oil