Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Dealby Kristen Beifus for Yes! Magazine
A super-sized NAFTA, the TransPacific Partnership is a free-trade agreement whereby countries give foreign corporations rights and privileges to encourage investment and global business. The TPP was a major issue during Japan’s recent national elections, when thousands took to the streets in protest. It was hard for the Japanese journalist to believe me when I explained that there is little awareness of the TPP here in the United States, because our media has hardly covered the subject.
The corporate powers granted in the TPP can override domestic laws on environmental health and safety, and labor and citizens’ rights. Not only that, but multinationals can claim that those domestic laws hamper free trade and sue member countries for millions of dollars. The TPP is in many ways an attempt to revive the stalled expansion of the World Trade Organization.
Leaked documents [—the negotiations take place in secret between unelected officials and corporate representatives—] show how extensive the reach of the TPP would be. It is shaping up as a corporate takeover of public policy that would impact safe food, sustainable jobs, clean water and air, access to life-saving medicines, education, even our very democracy. After 20 years under NAFTA we know the likely impacts for people and the environment.

Some more facts about the TPP from tppxborder.org:
The TPP undermines access to fundamental medicines by extending monopoly protections for Big Pharma
The TPP empowers corporations to sue governments for environmental and health measures they do not like
The TPP restricts Internet innovation and increases the surveillance of online interactions
The TPP undermines Indigenous rights and human rights
The TPP creates a race to the bottom on working conditions, environmental standards and all kinds of public regulations
The TPP prioritizes large-scale corporate agriculture (GMOs, antibiotics, etc) over sustainable local farming

Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal
by Kristen Beifus for Yes! Magazine

A super-sized NAFTA, the TransPacific Partnership is a free-trade agreement whereby countries give foreign corporations rights and privileges to encourage investment and global business. The TPP was a major issue during Japan’s recent national elections, when thousands took to the streets in protest. It was hard for the Japanese journalist to believe me when I explained that there is little awareness of the TPP here in the United States, because our media has hardly covered the subject.

The corporate powers granted in the TPP can override domestic laws on environmental health and safety, and labor and citizens’ rights. Not only that, but multinationals can claim that those domestic laws hamper free trade and sue member countries for millions of dollars. The TPP is in many ways an attempt to revive the stalled expansion of the World Trade Organization.

Leaked documents [—the negotiations take place in secret between unelected officials and corporate representatives—] show how extensive the reach of the TPP would be. It is shaping up as a corporate takeover of public policy that would impact safe food, sustainable jobs, clean water and air, access to life-saving medicines, education, even our very democracy. After 20 years under NAFTA we know the likely impacts for people and the environment.

Some more facts about the TPP from tppxborder.org:

  • The TPP undermines access to fundamental medicines by extending monopoly protections for Big Pharma
  • The TPP empowers corporations to sue governments for environmental and health measures they do not like
  • The TPP restricts Internet innovation and increases the surveillance of online interactions
  • The TPP undermines Indigenous rights and human rights
  • The TPP creates a race to the bottom on working conditions, environmental standards and all kinds of public regulations
  • The TPP prioritizes large-scale corporate agriculture (GMOs, antibiotics, etc) over sustainable local farming
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