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Kamil Idris on Trade

Kamil Idris is a Sudanese native and graduated from the University of Khartoum with a degree in law. He would go on to earn his PhD in international law from Geneva University in Switzerland.

A former director for the World Intellectual Property Organization, (WIPO), Professor Kamil Idris, believes that intellectual property (IP) is an important tool for all countries, particularly in an economic context.

In an article on medium.com, Professor Idris writes that the tariffs announced by President Trump earlier this year to Chinese goods will amount to about a $50 Billion hit to their economy. Research by the United States estimates the cost of IP theft to the American economy has been between $225 million and $600 billion.

In invoking Section 301, an amendment last updated in 1984 which gives the president the power to impose trade sanctions against any country that fails to provide adequate protection of IP rights. Some experts have voiced concern that they may spark an international trade war.

President Trump did not include Mexico and Canada in these tariffs, but his recent announcement hinted that he could impose the same sanctions upon U.S. allies at a later date.

Intellectual property theft as an indirect result of globalization can be seen in the prevalence of piracy and counterfeiting worldwide, as well as a backlog of patent applications.

When asked which parts of the US patent system Professor Idris felt could be looked at more carefully, he answered that it would not be appropriate for him to comment on the national patent law of any particular country. “The reform of the US patent system is something for U.S. decision-makers to decide.”

Professor Kamil Idris believes that the ongoing reform of the patent process in the U.S. will result in a patent system that best suits the country’s needs and expectations.

President Trump has made no secret in the past of his favor of protecting U.S. jobs and exporters of U.S. goods, so where these tariffs will lead and how they will affect IP Rights globally remains to be seen.

 

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End Citizens United Looks To The Future

Many political action committees have made a big impact on politics over the years, but with the impending midterms just around the corner, all eyes are currently on End Citizens United. Founded in 2015, they are currently working to raise $35 million for the midterm elections, 10 million more than they raised last year. The ECU is hopeful that the money they raise will go a long in way in ensuring the victory of Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. While they’ve only raised about $7.5 million as of mid-2017, they remain confident that they will be able to reach their fundraising goals by November.

End Citizens United is headquartered in Washington DC and their current president is Tiffany Muller. They were founded in response to the Supreme Court Decision, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, and their mission is to keep big money out of politics.

Their Senate endorsements include such well-known political figures as Kyrsten Sinema, Heidi Heitkamp and Tammy Baldwin. They have also released what they call the Big Money 20, a list of the greediest and most depraved Republicans currently holding public office. Their goal is to ensure these elected officials are not reelected and this year’s list includes such well-renowned politicians as Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrbacher and Ted Cruz. These 20 are collectively known as the “worst of the worst.” With Darrell Issa, Ryan Costello and Paul Ryan already announcing their retirement, the list is now down to just 17. End Citizens United can only accept donations up to $5000 due to their operating as a typical political action committee.

End Citizens United currently has over 3 million members and the majority of their donations stem from those generous donors. One of their biggest goals this year is to appeal not just to Democratic constituents but also to independent and unaffiliated voters, especially in the months leading up to the big midterm elections. In the past, ECU has endorsed such prominent politicians as Russ Feingold, Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in the previous presidential election. They were also instrumental in helping to elect such strong and progressive candidates as Maggie Hassan and Catherine Cortez-Masto. With the midterms steadily approaching, it’s clear the Democrats have the upper hand going into the November elections. So we wish them the best of luck in their fundraising endeavor and hope they achieve all of their goals in the 2018 elections.

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Jose Manuel Gonzalez: Defender Of Venezuelan Agriculture

Venezuelan agriculture is mourning, with the appointment of Juan Carlos Loyo as the new minister Of Agriculture and Lands, said the former president of Fedeagro, former president of FEDECAMARAS and now deputy, José Manuel González.

The union leader in the agricultural sector was consulted about the appointment of new head of the agricultural portfolio.

“The Loyo minister was one of the most incompetent, inefficient and grayer who has gone through that portfolio, He is tab for key Elias Jaua, I presume it was him who asked to be left there, who incidentally also failed twice as a minister, remember that Jaua was first, then Loyo and again Jaua and both have been a total failure, I think that at the time these characters were ministers is when the country has increased more imports as the production falls in the Venezuelan countryside, and especially where more expropriations were done, because no one has paid nothing, productive lands which then become wasteland fields, Jose  said.”

The consequences of this situation is that Guarico state, which he represents in the National Assembly, is one that has a 25% of unemployment, one of the highest rates of unemployment that ever had Guarico state.

“Meanwhile What has been strengthened are imports, generating jobs in other countries, while in states such as Guárico, Portuguesa, Cojedes and other agricultural entities, the unemployment has increaded, more poverty and more crime. I think it’s a joke, and Venezuelan agriculture has to mourn with the appointment of Juan Carlos Loyo and do not think anything good come to the Venezuelan countryside, but quite the opposite” said Deputy González.

He said that the designation of Loyo generates discouragement within the Venezuelan countryside and is far from encouraging investment, so there will be expectations about how we will behave and what lies ahead.

“I think they come for everythingh, but thet will find us up front, we will not allow them to continue stealing from the country and continue stealing lands of Venezuelans. And as for me personally, José Manuel González, they have to kill me to take my farm away from me, and that is the position of many people” he said.

Jose Manuel Gonzales is a Venezuelan businessman born in the town of Las Mercedes del Llano, a descendant of the painter Martín Tovar . Jose Manuel Gonzalez Tovar, is an agricultural engineer, graduated from the Central University of Venezuela. He was president of FEDENAGA (National Federation of Ranchers of Venezuela). President of FEDECAMARAS, period 2007/2009. In 2010 he was elected deputy to the National Assembly by the Guárico state.