If only a World Order was benevolently designed, working for humankind’s betterment, a la some of our optimistic sci-fi, NWO might be a good thing. But no, everything in our world is about the power & wealth.
Say good-bye to your drinking water, affordable meds, & nicotine-free children. From Avaaz.org:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is written to protect investors from government regulation, even if that regulation is passed in the public interest.
Leaked versions suggest the TPP would undermine protections for air and water safety and reintroduce measures from the US Internet freedom attack as well as steamrolling efforts to produce generic affordable medicines.
Worse still, lawmakers who fail to conform to the TPP’s rules face sanctions in an international tribunal — a place where corporations can sue us for deals previous governments signed in secret!
Negotiators say this is just a trade agreement, written to facilitate investment and profit for all. But the leaked draft imposes so many limits on citizen protections, it’s clear this “trade” agreement is skewed to put corporate profit above people’s needs — that’s not surprising since it’s been drafted in secret with almost 600 corporate lobbyists.
To trounce this human rights-killer, your voice is valuable, & the petition needs your e-signature.
While you’re at it, inform yourself…
- The Nation: NAFTA on Steroids (“The TPP has been cleverly misbranded as a trade agreement (yawn) by its corporate boosters.”)
- The Guardian: The Pacific free trade deal that’s anything but free (“…an effort to use the holy grail of free trade to impose conditions and override domestic laws in a way that would be almost impossible if the proposed measures had to go through the normal legislative process.”)
- Huffington Post: Leak Cracks Open Trans-Pacific Partnership Scandal (“…thanks to a leak, we get to see that the Trans-Pacific Partnership really is as bad as feared.”)
- Reuters: Lawmakers press for open Trans-Pacific trade talks (“…U.S. laws and regulations (that) could be affected by the pact…include areas such as labor, patent and copyright, land use, food, agriculture, natural resources, the environment, state-owned enterprises, government procurement and regulations for financial services, healthcare, energy and telecommunications…”)
- TechDirt: Hollywood Gets To Party With TPP Negotiators; Public Interest Groups Get Thrown Out Of Hotel (“This is what corruption looks, smells and tastes like.”)
- Electronic Frontier Foundation: Background and analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“…the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate…” and much, much more.)