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Stealth Trade Agreement Secret Negotiations


TPP is an assault on personal freedoms.

by Stephen Lendman

Two other articles address the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). They discuss what the companion article to this one calls a trade deal from hell.

Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch says it's a "Corporate Power Tool of the 1%." Secret negotiations plan:

  • offshoring millions more US jobs to low wage countries;

  • freeing giant banking crooks entirely from oversight;

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  • banning "Buy America" policies in deference to global marketplace mandates;

  • decreasing access to medicines and making prescription drugs less affordable;

  • infesting America with toxic foods and other harmful products; and

  • destroying fast eroding environmental and health safeguards.

In many respects, TPP represents a death sentence for fundamental human rights, environmental protections, employment prospects, and constitutional freedoms. Nonetheless, it's being secretly discussed in multiple negotiating rounds.

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Obama officials push it. They're pressuring negotiating nations to accept Washington diktats. They urge others to join those currently involved.

Twelve negotiating rounds were held. From July 2 - 10, San Diego is hosting round 13. US Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk held a July 2 Direct Stakeholder Engagement. 

He's part of the problem, not the solution. Tech Dirt.com says he "continues to insult the intelligence of the Senate."

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