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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:35 AM

Why So Secretive? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (the TPP) as Global Coup...

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Source: truthout

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the most secretive and “least transparent” trade negotiations in history. (see http://andrewgavinmarshall.com/2012/11/21/why-so-secretive-the-trans-pacific-partnership-as-global-corporate-coup/)

Luckily for the populations and societies that will be affected by the agreement, there are public research organizations and alternative media outlets campaigning against it – and they’ve even released several leaks of draft agreement chapters. From these leaks, which are not covered by mainstream corporate-controlled news outlets, we are able to get a better understanding of what the Trans-Pacific Partnership actually encompasses.

For example, public interest groups have been warning that the TPP could result in millions of lost jobs. As a letter from Congress to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk stated, the TPP “will create binding policies on future Congresses in numerous areas,” including “those related to labor, patent and copyright, land use, food, agriculture and product standards, natural resources, the environment, professional licensing, state-owned enterprises and government procurement policies, as well as financial, healthcare, energy, telecommunications and other service sector regulations.”...

...Dubbed by many as “NAFTA on steroids” and a “corporate coup,” only two of the TPP’s 26 chapters actually have anything to do with trade. Most of it grants far-reaching new rights and privileges to corporations, specifically related to intellectual property rights (copyright and patent laws), as well as constraints on government regulations.



A summit with leaders of the member states of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP) in November, 2010.



Read more: http://truth-out.org/news/item/12934-why-so-secretive?-the-trans-pacific-partnership-as-global-coup

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:55 AM

1. when our leaders stab us in the back for the corporate owners...secrets shh nt

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 03:59 AM

2. The secrecy of the negotiations is a bright red flag.

We need to watch this.

I worked hard to get Obama re-elected, and now I am going to work just as hard to push him to stand for policies that will help Americans like raising the cap to insure full Social Security benefits for future generations, pushing harder to protect our environment and ending trade agreements that harm the American middle class.

These trade agreements benefit the rich in our country and the very poor (sometimes) in other countries. Unfortunately, it is the middle class of America that loses out, that pays for the benefits that the trade agreements bring to the rich and the very poor in other countries. (And I'm not so sure they really benefit the poor in other countries.)

Obama ran as the candidate who would protect the interests of the American middle class. If he signs a trade agreement that harms the American middle class, he could find himself losing the support and ending up with a legacy like that of George W. Bush -- with very few Americans even wanting to hear his name.

Obama has a great personality. That got him elected. Now he had better decide to serve the American people and carry out his promises. There is no excuse for betraying the middle class and poor of America in order to help big corporations. No excuse.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:09 AM

3. Secretive? Maybe if you are in the US...

... because I've been hearing about this for YEARS over here in Japan.

I think Americans need to get more news from the BBC and other good sources over in Asia and South America to track this.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:15 AM

4. Locking - not Latest Breaking News

First of all, the first link shows that this was first published by the author on 21st November, so falls way outside the "within the last 12 hours" rule for Latest Breaking News. Secondly, it's an analysis piece, not about any event that can be called 'news'. It would go better in Good Reads or GD (perhaps Politics 2012).

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