By Popular Resistance. On November 18, we and our allies will deliver thousands of petitions to Congress calling on them to reject the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) as part of the #FallRising mobilization in Washington, DC. At least, that’s what we hope to do. TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) resisters in the European Union delivered more than 3 million petitions on October 7th. To reach our goal, we need you to click on the link below, sign and share the petition. Research and the history of trade agreements since NAFTA show that these types of trade agreements produce trade deficits, lost jobs, lower wages and environmental damage. The TPP’s scope is too broad. It usurps the legislative authority of Congress by writing rules concerning safety and labeling of foods, access to healthcare and medicine, regulation of banks, rights or workers, future energy sources and so much more. Essentially, its scope is everything. These are issues that should be considered by Congress not written in secret by trade negotiators.
By Dennis Trainor for Occupy, After years of secret talks, the United States and 11 other nations announced Monday that they’d reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. It’s been called NAFTA on steroids, and is viewed as a Trojan horse to usher in a global corporate coup. Because if you think the concept of corporate personhood is bad news, the TPP only strengthens the legal framework for corporate nationhood. Acronym TV host Dennis Trainor, Jr. talks with Kevin Zeese about the battle to defeat the TPP, Hillary Clinton’s reversal on the deal, and the long trail of lies told by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. Also interviewed for this segment is Rep. Alan Grayson.
By Staff of Flush The TPP – Miami, Fla. — City of Miami Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution this morning calling for greater transparency in trade policymaking that affects south Florida’s economy, environment and public health. Their action comes just ten days before trade negotiators from the United States and European Union meet in Miami for their 11th round of talks on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a companion to the just-completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), whose text still remains secret. “These massive trade agreements have a very real effect on jobs, wages, the environment and public health in our communities,” said Deborah Dion, Florida State Director, Citizens Trade Campaign.
By Eleanor Goldfield for Occupy.com – This week, it’s about time we hear about climate change – but really hear it. Does freedom mean the right to refuse to serve people because of race or other aspects of someone you don’t like? Is that what freedom means? Music can turn abstract numbers of climate change into something we can feel and hear. Here’s how a group of musicians turns the last 130 years of climate data into climate music. Victoria Fernandez from 350.org dishes on the political and public effects of divestment – uninvesting money invested in carbon fuels – surprising, but money matters. Bravo to those who shut down the San Francisco financial district over climate change investments. Then starting October 10, we’ve got a week long, international push for people and planet and against the corporatocracy. Action required immediately: Time to stop those trade deals. Sweden deserves a shout out for plans to go carbon free and move to renewable energy. And finally, scream for me — join the Rooftop Revolutionaries montage of screams. But first, we reserve your rights.
By Andrea Germanos for Common Dreams, Organizers of a citizens’ initiative on Wednesday delivered a petition with over three million signatures to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels in their continuing bid to stop trade deals they say pose a threat to democracy and boon to corporate interests. They say the number of signatures—over 3.2 million at the time of publication—is proof of the vast public opposition to the trade deals in question: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and United States. “By signing this petition, an unprecedented three million people from countries across Europe have made it clear that they reject these dangerous Trojan horse treaties which benefit big corporations at the expense of people,” stated Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe.
By Amanda Terkel and Zach Carter for The Huffington Post, WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, breaking with President Barack Obama on the 12-nation trade deal that is set to become a key part of his legacy. “As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it,” Clinton told Judy Woodruff of “PBS Newshour.” “I have said from the very beginning that we had to have a trade agreement that would create good American jobs, raise wages and advance our national security. And I still believe that’s the high bar we have to meet,” she said. “I have been trying to learn as much as I can about the agreement. But I’m worried. I’m worried about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement. We’ve lost American jobs to the manipulations that countries, particularly in Asia, have engaged in.
By Dean Baker for FAIR – It is amazing how the elite media can be dragged along by their noses into accepting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can have a big impact on trade and growth. If I had a dollar for every time the deal was described as “massive,” or that we were told what share of world trade will be covered by the TPP, I would be richer than Bill Gates. We continue to hear superlatives even as the evidence suggests the trade impact will be trivial. For example, the New York Times reported that US tariffs on Japanese cars will be phased out over 30 years. Wow! The most optimistic growth estimates show a cumulative gain by 2027 of less than 0.4 percent, roughly two months of normal GDP growth.
By Staff for Flush the TPP. After five years of secret talks, the twelve countries involved in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations announced they have reached an agreement. The deal was written by corrupt trade ministers and hundreds of corporate lobbyists without public (or even US Congressional) input. It is much more than a trade deal– only 5 of the 29 chapters even deal with trade. The rest of the deal is about privatizing government programs and services for corporate profits, removing government regulations, and setting protections for multinational corporations and investors rather than the health of the planet or necessities of people. The TPP has supposedly been agreed upon (the trade ministers’ announcement was vagur), but it has not been signed yet and there are still many steps before it becomes law. It is now up to us to stop.
By Edward Cohen for Revolution News – After 5 years of secret negotiations the TPP concluded early Monday morning, Oct. 5, 2015 and yet the deal is not done. Each signatory country will now need to take this corporate rigged investors’ pact back to his/her country’s legislative body for passage. Sticking points included stronger intellectual property protections for large pharmaceutical companies, New Zealand was pushing for increased access for their dairy products in Canada, the US and Japan, and country of origin percentages for automobiles and automobile parts was an issue among the US, Mexico, Canada and Japan. Activists have called for a mass mobilization this November 14-18 in Washington DC against the TPP.
By Lory Wallach for Common Dreams – If there really is a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, its fate in Congress is highly uncertain given the narrow margin by which trade authority passed this summer, the concessions made to get a deal, and growing congressional and public concerns about the TPP’s threats to jobs, wages, safe food and affordable medicines and more. The intense national battle over trade authority was just a preview of the massive opposition the TPP will face given that Democratic and GOP members of Congress and the public soon will be able to see the specific TPP terms that threaten their interests. With congressional opposition to TPP growing and the Obama administration basically up against elections cycles in various countries, this ministerial was extended repeatedly because this was the do or die time but it’s unclear if there really is a deal or this is kabuki theatre intended to create a sense of inevitability so as to insulate the TPP from growing opposition.
By Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. As negotiations of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) inch toward completion, resistance to it and the other rigged corporate international treaties, the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trade-in-Services Agreement (TiSA), is escalating. In the European Union, activists are working to pass 10,000 such resolutions. During the fight to stop Congress from passing Fast Track legislation that will be used to rush these agreements through Congress, cities from Seattle, WA to Madison, WI to New York, NY passed resolutions against Fast Track. Labor played a big part in making these successful. Now, new resolutions are underway in more cities with the goal of 100.
By Deirdre Fulton for Common Dreams – Negotiations that were supposed to end Thursday, then were delayed to Friday, then to Saturday have now been delayed until Sunday. Negotiators have failed to break an impasse on patent protections for biologic drugs and on dairy. The United States is pushing for a 12 year patent while other countries say they cannot go beyong five. US pharmaceuticals are insisting on a 12 year monopoly. On dairy New Zealand is pushing for increased access for their products in Canada, the United States and Japan. New Zealand is advocating on the world’s biggest dairy exporter Fonterra. Elections in Canada, the US and Japan are causing complications on the timing of the deal. If Seven Harper gives in on dairy, as he seems to have given in on automobiles, then he could lose an upcoming election. The fast track bill which requires multiple steps after a deal is agreed. Protests continued in Atlanta as opponents of TPP see an opportunity to kill the deal. A major protest is being planned in November in Washington, DC to seeking end TPP and other rigged trade agreements.
By Joseph E. Stiglitz and Adam S. Hersh for Project Syndicate NEW YORK – As negotiators and ministers from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet in Atlanta in an effort to finalize the details of the sweeping new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), some sober analysis is warranted. The biggest regional trade and investment agreement in history is not what it seems. You will hear much about the importance of the TPP for “free trade.” The reality is that this is an agreement to manage its members’ trade and investment relations – and to do so on behalf of each country’s most powerful business lobbies. Make no mistake: It is evident from the main outstanding issues, over which negotiators are still haggling, that the TPP is not about “free” trade.
By Steven Chase for The Globe and Mail – NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is serving notice that a New Democratic Party government would not consider itself bound by the terms of a major Pacific Rim trade deal which the ruling Conservatives are negotiating on behalf of Canada in Atlanta. The NDP’s hardening of position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks comes as the deal appears likely. Discussions in Atlanta have gone into overtime as countries clear obstacles such as how much foreign content should be allowed in Japanese-made cars and Asian auto parts entering North America. Sources said Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being regularly briefed on developments as talks between 12 countries from Chile to Japan enter what is expected to be their final phase.
By Dave Johnson for Campaign for Our Future – Negotiators are meeting in Atlanta, trying to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It might be wrapped up as soon as Thursday. While the agreement is secret, there are reasons for people to be very, very concerned. Here is a news article that explains why people should be alarmed about this secret “trade” agreement that the giant corporations have come up with. Reuters reports, in “U.S. business groups oppose exceptions in Pacific trade pact“: U.S. business groups have voiced their opposition to blocking specific products, like tobacco, from rules letting foreign companies sue governments over damage to investments as Pacific trade ministers gather to finalize an ambitious trade deal.