Thousands of New Zealanders turned up across the country today to protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The so-called “trade agreement” extends far and wide and will subordinate the public interest to the narrow profit-driven interests of foreign corporations. This Trojan Horse threatens our country’s sovereignty and undermines our Parliament’s ability to legislate in the public good.
- it was done in secret. - it sets up secret courts. - these secret courts give foreign corporations the power to sue our government if it passes laws that hurt their profits. - think about that.
- our government passes laws to give factory workers’ more rights,
demand testing on weird new food imports, protect koalas from going
extinct - all things that are good for us, but dent corporate profits. - to pass such laws we’d need to transfer our taxpayer money to foreign corporations. - or simply, our government will stop proposing such good laws if it foresees a TPP suing acomin’.
This is a profound shift of power from us to corporations.
(i still don’t get why more people aren’t concerned about the TPPA? i’ve seen 24587923 SOPApocalypse posts about, like, the potential for congress to put something related to SOPA into an already existing bill being the end of fanfiction forever omg wake up america, but the TPPA 1. is a whole agreement instead of an idea taken from defunct legislation 2. affects multiple countries 3. is fucking terrifying. i mean shit people in malaysia are protesting this and i haven’t seen a single post about it since the initial info post went around)
More updated list of sites down/taken down/still up
- MegaUpload - Closed. - FileServe - Closed. Does not sell premium. - FileJungle - Deleting files. Locked in the U.S.. - UploadStation - Deleting accounts. Locked in US. - FileSonic - the news is arbitrary (under FBI investigation). - VideoBB - Closed! would disappear soon. - Uploaded - Banned U.S. and the FBI went after the owners who are gone. - FilePost - Deleting all material (so will leave executables, pdfs, txts) - Videoz - closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the USA. - 4shared - Deleting files with copyright and waits in line at the FBI. - MediaFire - Called to testify in the next 90 days and it will open doors pro FBI -Org torrent - could vanish with everything within 30 days “he is under criminal investigation” - Network Share mIRC - awaiting the decision of the case to continue or terminate Torrente everything. - Koshiki - operating 100% Japan will not join the SOUP / PIPA - Shienko Box - 100% working china / korea will not join the SOUP / PIPA - ShareX BR - group UOL / BOL / iG say they will join the SOUP / PIPA
I officially have no really amazing way to get PSP games, nor watch my anime. THIS MUST BE STOPPED >:I
This isn’t the most recent article on the TPP, but it’s an interesting one. No single person gets any substantial amounts of info on this agreement. It’s being held from members of Congress and various committees.
It’s not that I even trust our elected officials to do the right thing with the information, but the refusal to inform them seems to indicate that there are details about this agreement that they want to pass through as few hands as possible.
WASHINGTON – Progressive Democrats in Congress are ramping up pressure on the Obama administration to release the text of Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive free trade agreement with 10 other nations, amid intensifying controversy over the administration’s transparency record and its treatment of classified information.
The only publicly available information on the terms of the deal has come from leaks, some of which have alarmed public health experts, environmentalist groups and consumer advocates. According to a document leaked in the summer of 2012, the deal would allow corporations to directly challenge government laws and regulations in international courts.
Members of Congress have been provided with only limited access to the negotiation documents. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) told HuffPost on Monday that he viewed an edited version of the negotiation texts last week, but that secrecy policies at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative created scheduling difficulties that delayed his access for nearly six weeks. The Obama administration has barred any Congressional staffers from reviewing the full negotiation text and prohibited members of Congress from discussing the specific terms of the text with trade experts and reporters. Staffers on some committees are granted access to portions of the text under their committee’s jurisdiction.
“This, more than anything, shows the abuse of the classified information system,” Grayson told HuffPost. “They maintain that the text is classified information. And I get clearance because I’m a member of Congress, but now they tell me that they don’t want me to talk to anybody about it because if I did, I’d be releasing classified information.”
How and why the administration decides to make information classified has come under intense scrutiny in recent months, after the Associated Press learned that the Department of Justice had been monitoring the records of more than 20 phone numbers – including the personal phones of reporters and editors – as part of a government leak investigation. Edward Snowden’s recent disclosures of two broad National Security Agency surveillance programs to The Guardian and The Washington Post have sparked a heated debate over what kinds of leaks should be prosecuted as criminal.
“What I saw was nothing that could possibly justify the secrecy that surrounds it,” Grayson said, referring to the draft Trans-Pacific deal. “It is ironic in a way that the government thinks it’s alright to have a record of every single call that an American makes, but not alright for an American citizen to know what sovereign powers the government is negotiating away.”
The Trans-Pacific deal would be one of the largest trade deals in U.S. history, with 11 nations including Japan, Mexico, Vietnam and Australia involved in the talks. The Obama administration has been leading negotiations on the deal for roughly three years.
When the intellectual property chapter of the deal leaked online more than a year ago, internet freedom advocates criticized the provisions as problematic for tech companies and free speech, while public health experts said it would dramatically restrict access to lifesaving medicines in poor countries. It is not clear if those terms have changed over time.
“Having seen what I’ve seen, I would characterize this as a gross abrogation of American sovereignty,” Grayson told HuffPost. “And I would further characterize it as a punch in the face to the middle class of America. I think that’s fair to say from what I’ve seen so far. But I’m not allowed to tell you why!”
Unelected corporate officials are given access to negotiation documents by virtue of their positions on U.S. Trade Representative advisory panels. Corporate representatives account for about 500 of the “cleared advisors” on those panels, while representatives of organized labor, environmental and other groups account for about 100 others. These cleared advisers are not permitted to discuss provisions with the press or the public. On Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Michael Froman, Obama’s nominee to head USTR, asking the agency to release negotiation documents to the public. In the letter, Warren noted that the head labor advisory committee had complained of “severe restrictions” USTR had imposed on the panel’s access to negotiation information.
USTR spokeswoman Carol Guthrie told The Huffington Post that her office is discussing Warren’s request with the senator.
Guthrie said that the text reviewed by such members of Congress, “does not indicate which countries have proposed which text” a process that is “consistent with negotiating practice.”
“When Members view text, USTR officials, often negotiators themselves, have always been provided to discuss the details and to answer their questions,” she said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “Our bottom line is to negotiate the best deal for American workers and businesses. As with virtually any negotiation, a certain degree of confidentiality is necessary in order to allow frank, substantive, and productive conversations with other countries on sensitive issues and to work strategically to advance U.S. interests.”
Grayson told HuffPost that the agreement would be very appealing to multinational corporations, but had very negative implications for the public interest on a variety of fronts.
“It’s all about tying the hands of democratically elected governments, and shunting authority over to the nonelected for the benefit of multinational corporations,” Grayson said. “It’s an assault on democratic government.”
This article has been updated to note that some congressional committee staffers are given access to portions of the negotiation text, and to clarify that labor groups, environmental organizations and other groups are officially permitted to see the text, although they have complained about lack of access to the negotiation process.
The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) is an agreement that has no end point, once it’s enacted, that’s it, we’re stuck with it. It was originally a trade agreement between New Zealand, Brunei and Chile with Australia, America, Malaysia, Peru, Japan and Vietnam getting in on the action a little later.
It is being negotiated in secret by “interested” parties (corporate stooges & Government Lobbyists) bypassing our parliament and in turn our democracy, International treaties are conducted by the executive, parliament does not have an effective say in this process until the deal is done, we the public don’t get to see the the text until it is concluded and signed off by cabinet, and even then they have a four year window in which they don’t have to release the text the public.
The TPP will stop our Government from being able regulate industries such as mining, tobacco and pharmaceutical in ways that could hurt the profits of corporations or from funding projects that other companies see as giving said company an unfair advantage. We don’t know a great deal about it as you would expect from something being kept a secret, but a recent leak from Wikileaks revealed officials really don’t expect to gain any agricultural benefit from the TPP. Increasing intellectual property rights in the TPP would undermine access to affordable medicines in Australia and the other participating countries, which include some of the world’s poorest countries. This would present a major setback to efforts to stem the tide of non-communicable diseases, which are predicted by the World Health Organisation to account for 73% of deaths and 60% of the global burden of disease by 2020.
If negotiations are successful it will guarantee foreign investors an enormous range of rights including the right to take the Australian Government to a private international arbitration court for millions of dollars in damages if they were to regulate in ways that reduce the profitability and value of their investment.
To give you an idea of who’s pulling the strings in these negotiations is the latest news that a bunch of big companies who employ some of the key lobbyists supporting the extreme nature of TPP on Feb 24th hosted a fancy, expensive dinner in Washington DC. The dinner was sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce, Philip Morris, Chevron, PhRMA, Microsoft, Pfizer, Amgen, Dow Chemical, among others… and the ambassadors from the TPP countries were all in attendance.
TPP is being called a Free Trade Agreement but it has very little to do with trade or economics, it is little more than a US led counterpoint to China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region.