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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations resume in Sept.

17 Aug

The major negotiations on the TPP continue into round 14 and will take place behind closed doors in Leesburg, Va. from  Sept. 6 – 15.  For background on this alarming trade agreement, see my earlier article:

http://teri.nicedriving.org/2012/06/the-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp/

The group that brought this trade pact to the public spotlight is Public Citizen; they managed to obtain a few pages of the highly secret agreement that the Obama administration has been working on for several years, concealed from all public oversight or knowledge – even Congress has been barred from the talks.  You may find out more about Public Citizen in general here – their home page:  http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=183

For their specific information page on the TPP, see:  http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=3129

An excerpt from the above link (all information in this excerpt Copyright © 2012 Public Citizen. All rights reserved.):

Threats posed by TPP

More Power to Corporations to Attack Nations
Read how foreign corporations would be empowered to attack our health, environmental and other laws before foreign tribunals to demand taxpayer compensation for policies they think undermine their expected future profits.

Threats to Public Health
U.S. negotiators are pushing the agenda of Big PhaRMA – longer monopoly control on drugs for the big firms. This would mean millions in developing countries are cut off from life-saving medicines & higher prices for the rest of us.

Bye Buy America & Jobs
Read how special investor protections incentivize offshoring by providing special benefits for companies that leave. Plus, TPP would impose limits on how our elected officials can use tax dollars – banning Buy America or Buy Local preferences.

Undermining Food Safety
TPP would require us to import food that does not meet U.S. safety standards. It would limit food labeling.

Son of SOPA: Curtailing Internet Freedom
Thought SOPA was bad? Read how TPP would require internet service providers to “police” user-activity and treat individual violators as large-scale for-profit violators. Plus, TPP would stifle innovation.

Financial Deregulation: Banksters’ Delight
TPP would rollback reregulation of Wall Street. It would prohibit bans on risky financial services and undermine “too big to fail” regulations.

Public Citizen offers tips and talking points on writing a letter to the editor to the newspapers.  [See: http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11398 ]  This is especially important since the negotiations are resuming in just a few weeks and the major media outlets refuse to cover the topic at all.  It only takes a few moments to write a letter to the editor of your local paper or better yet, to the major papers, and Public Citizen lists the email addresses of the major papers in this action link, making it even easier for you.

It is not alarmist, but merely fact, to say that this trade agreement will completely change our democracy as we understand it.  Please take a few minutes to read up on the TPP and let others know what is going on.

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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Congress, corporatocracy, economy, trade agreements

 

6 responses to “Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations resume in Sept.

  1. Kitt

    August 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    If WikiLeaks can gather the funds needed, and then do what is suggested in the article linked, that would be a great victory for the reasons stated in the article.

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/17-7

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    • Teri

      August 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Hey, Kitt,

      For reasons I don’t want to get into here, I am not sure I trust wikileaks any longer. Just not real enamored of them. I do understand that my opinion differs from most of the rest of the “progressive community”, so I hope you don’t take offense. In any case, I have no money, so I won’t be contributing to anyone to help us find out information that is ours by rights.

      I would hope that any person or organization that has the texts of the TPP would see fit to publish them for the sake of all the people in the world without financial coercion.

      Hope all is well with you!

      -Teri

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  2. Kitt

    August 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I don’t take offense, especially since you didn’t elaborate. Also I wasn’t actually what you might call soliciting so much as bringing the article to your attention.

    What I do want to address in your comment though is, if you are vaguely lumping me into the “progressive community” to please not do so, because I don’t even know what that is or what that means. I mean, I guess many at, say, Kos, consider themselves to be Progressives. Consequently, for that reason and others I consider the label to be nearly as useless or as corrupted as Democrat or liberal.

    Thanks for keeping on the story!

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    • Teri

      August 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Yeah, I put quote marks around it because I don’t think any of the labels mean anything any more, either, except that we are all expected to fit into some little boxed definition and any deviation from the script brings out angry denunciations from the herd. I have no idea who makes up these “rules”, but most people weirdly just accept them. If one doesn’t support wikileaks, one is, ipso facto, a Rush Limbaugh fan, or a “right-wing troll” or some such according to these “rules”. (As an aside, and this has nothing to do with you either, one thing that has bugged me for some time is how “liberals” are supposedly tolerant of other people’s religious beliefs and in theory support the idea that everyone should be allowed to be Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist or whatever – but anyone who admits to any leaning toward Christianity is verbally beaten into leaving the “liberal” camp. I see that all the time in comment sections on “liberal” or “progressive” websites. It was very pronounced at UT, where people would mock someone for believing in God on the same thread where the topic of the day was the US intolerance of Muslims. Who, ahem, believe in God.)

      I didn’t mean to try and define you, not at all. I was trying to refuse accepting a label for myself. Which, obviously, you weren’t trying to apply to me, so I shouldn’t have even put that phrase in there. Sorry.

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  3. Kitt

    August 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    All Completely understood. And good observation about the religious double-speak.

    I’ll take another opportunity here to thank you for your writings. Your writings help me to organize my thoughts into a much more coherent line than before reading what you come out with. Plus, I always feel that whomever else comes across your writings will benefit…unless they choose to be willfully dense or ignorant.

    But on topic with how this conversation began: I have to ad that I think Assange made a pretty good speech from the balcony.

    PS…No reply required or expected to that comment. ;o)

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    • Teri

      August 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Oh, I didn’t see that – I’ll have to check it out. I have my misgivings about wikileaks, but still – I hope he blasted Obama and spoke up for Manning (he owes Manning a few good words.)
      Thanks, Kitt.

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