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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Are Finished: Here’s What You Need to Know | Corbett Report Tags: TPP Globalist Agenda Conspiracy

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Are Finished: Here’s What You Need to Know

by James Corbett
October 6, 2015

Last-minute negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal in Atlanta this past week finally ended on Monday when trade ministers emerged with a deal. It’s a testament to the secrecy and apathy that has surrounded the entire TPP process that most people didn’t even know these negotiations were taking place, let alone that a deal was near. Nevertheless, the completed deal is now on its way to member countries for ratification.

So what is the deal? Who is behind it? Why are so many opposed to it? And what’s next? Here’s a primer on what you need to know as the TPP deal enters the home stretch.

What is it?

tppgraphThe TPP is a so-called “free trade agreement” that is the largest such deal since NAFTA. If ratified it will cover 12 countries, impacting over 400 million people and nearly 40% of the world’s GDP. Member nations of the TPP negotiations include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

What does it do?

We do know that the TPP agreement is a 30 chapter document dealing with everything from agricultural tariffs to intellectual property to wildlife conservation to customs and financial services. It will impact the auto industry, dairy farmers, pharmaceutical companies (and their patients), even people who share files online. In short, it is a comprehensive agreement.

We do not know what the text actually says. We have a rough idea based on leaked drafts of previous negotiating texts and the pronouncements of various officials privy to the talks and the ridiculously vague summaries of the US Trade Representative and other official bodies, but the text itself has yet to be released for public consumption.

This is a reflection of the unprecedented secrecy that has shrouded these negotiations, including restricting members of US Congress’ access to the negotiating text to classified briefings and basement readings and paramilitary security with helicopter surveillance patrolling TPP summits for would-be protesters.

Who wins?

tppmickeyIn a word: business. No, not mom and pop corner store business, big multinational corporate business. But you probably could have guessed as much already. After all, there’s a reason the US Business Coalition for TPP existed, let alone spent over $1.1 million buying off Congressmen ahead of the “Fast Track” trade authority vote earlier this year.

Hollywood and the MPAA can celebrate more stringent international enforcement of their “intellectual property” to bolster their failing business model. Big Pharma likewise will benefit from mores string enforcement of their patents to prevent smaller countries from selling generic copies of their signature drugs. American dairy farmers are winners, gaining greater access to Canadian markets. American manufacturers will win as relaxed rules make it even easier to ship jobs to developing Asian countries. Vietnamese manufacturers benefit from that outsourcing even as they dodge the “labor organization” bullet.

In every case, the clear common denominator is that big business is going to win big time if the deal gets through.

Who loses?

stoptppPretty much everyone else. That’s why you’ll see an extraordinary range of people opposed to this deal, from the mainstream left (Hillary Clinton) and the mainstream right (Mike Huckabee) to the controlled “alternative” left (Noam Chomsky) and the controlled “alternative” right (The New American) to libertarians and environmental groups and trade unions and basically everyone who isn’t in favor of crony capitalism. Only a truly bad deal could bring together such a disparate bunch. And this deal is bad.

Vaguely worded agreements to standardize the protection of “trade secrets” threaten to undermine whistleblowers and journalists who are trying to expose corruption and counter needless secrecy.

A “three-step test” for approving member nations’ copyright limitations legislation threatens to make much of the open source / fair use reporting done by The Corbett Report and others illegal, or legally onerous to perform.

It threatens to introduce criminal sanctions on file sharers who are deemed to share on a vaguely defined “commercial scale” (perhaps including posting a link to a YouTube video on a blog).

Doctors Without Borders has been uncharacteristically vocal on this political issue, unequivocally stating that the TPP deal is “a bad deal for medicine.” (Some theorize this position earned them an unwelcome visit from the US military in Afghanistan.)

The list goes on and on, but one thing is certain: wage laborers, small businesses and others ‘too small to succeed’ can all find something to hate in this agreement.

What’s next?

In the US, Obama will not be able to sign the deal for 90 days, and it will be a month or more after that before the legislation to implement the deal is introduced in the house. This means the process will take months to complete, and likely come to a head in the heat of the 2016 sElection cycle.

And that’s just the US. Canada is likewise heading into an election this month and one of the main opposition parties has already stated that they will not feel bound by the deal. The Abe government in Japan, already reeling from public protest over recently passed “security” legislation to remilitarize the country, is facing a huge backlash from its farm lobby over the opening up of long-protected Japanese agricultural produce markets.

If there is any good news on the horizon, it’s that the deal’s ratification is still up in the air, with many being pessimistic of its chances in this politically volatile climate. But then, they said that about the negotiations themselves and look where that got us.

In the meantime, concerned men and women across the Pacific Rim collectively hold their breath for the full text in order to assess the potential damage.


Geoengineering: Joaquin - Carolina Flooding Tags: Geoengineering Floods


Published on 5 Oct 2015 by WeatherWar101

I listened to a spectacular amount of nonsense this week. Nonsense about where ‘Joaquin’ was headed, nonsense about how Carolina’s torrential rain was (somehow) coming Joaquin which was spinning in the opposite direction, nonsense about Joaquin driving winds and rain in from the Atlantic, etc. None of it was remotely close to true or even remotely plausible, which (as you can see) any “meteorologist” would have, could have, and should have seen – if any of them bothered to look.

Instead (and as usual) we get the same imaginary BS about ‘dueling high and low systems’ in unison from every single meteorologist. Apparently, not one single meteorologist in the country can see – with their own eyes – that that the moisture from these systems was spewing in two different directions. Not one – single – meteorologist.

Meanwhile, the minute the artificial systems ran themselves out (two days earlier than forecasted), the temperature went right back up. The minute the temperature went right back up, the planes were right back in the air striping out artificial clouds in more desperate effort to keep anyone from noticing that in October (sans the manufactured cold fronts) the heatwave continues.

Good luck to any of these “meteorologists” looking at themselves in the mirror. This fraud gets more shameful and embarrassing every single day.

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These 19 EU Nations Already Have GMO Crop Bans
Tags: Activitism GMO

Anna HuntStaff
Waking Times

March 2015 was a pivotal point for food freedom for people throughout Europe. The European Union (EU) passed a rule that allows its 28 members to seek exclusion from any approval request for cultivation of genetically-modified (GM) crops. Member countries had six months to make a decision regarding the exclusion, and a staggering 19 countries have chosen to opt out of GMOs, either for specific regions or for the entire country. This includes GM crops that been already authorized to be grown within the bloc, such as Monsanto’s MON 810 maize that is currently being cultivated in Spain and Portugal.

The 19 countries that are opting out of GMOs include: 

Austria, Belgium for the Wallonia region, Britain for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. All EU countries are required to label products that contain GMOs.

Several European countries, such as France and Italy, have strongly opposed GMOs for years on the grounds of protecting public health and preserving biodiversity. Currently, the EU makes the decisions which GM crops are approved for cultivation in the bloc and which are not. The decisions of these 19 countries show that their governments do not want to give up control of their food supply or their agricultural activities.

The EU now awaits any rebuttals about these decisions from the companies that seek approval of their GM products, such as Monsanto. In addition to its MON 810 maize, Monsanto is the producer of the RoundUp chemical glyphosate, which has been prohibited or its use strictly limited in several countries, including the Netherlands, France and Sri Lanka. Other countries such as Germany, Brazil and Argentina, are currently reviewing the dangers of glyphosate and could also potentially ban its use. The World Health Organization’s research arm declares glyphosate a probable carcinogen.


It appears that European governments are making an effort to keep GMOs out of their countries, which should raise further concern for the public of the United States, where food companies are not even required to label GMO foods. Sadly, this illustrates just how much power corporations have over the United States government and its legislative decisions.


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