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Why the TransPacific Partnership is a Scary Big (Trade) Deal

8 May

by Kristen Beifus, Cross Posted from 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.

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Report from Shady Global Trade Talks in Singapore

16 Mar

And a call to build resistance against the TPP

Kiwis in New Zealand have been at the forefront of anti-TPP organizing, thus far.

Kiwis in New Zealand have been at the forefront of anti-TPP organizing, thus far.

Members and partners of Trans Pacific Partnership (known as TPP or TPPA) held the 16th-round of talks in Singapore last week.  As usual, the talks were shrouded in secrecy. Hundreds of trade delegates and policy makers from 11 countries, including the US, met to negotiate expanding profit-driven industrial commerce, including special agendas to smooth trade flows between member countries in the grouping.

Japanese farmers at Anti-TPP in 2012

Farmers stage a protest march during an anti-TPP rally in Tokyo, April 25, 2012. Similar rallies were held last week.

While we heard reports of farmers in Japan protesting, solidarity rallies of labor and environmental activists and a bunch of petitions sent to congresspeople, responses to the TPP negotiations thus far have been far too calm and comfortable. But it doesn’t have to stay that way…

The following article (which will be printed in the coming Earth First! Journal) is a call for renewed resistance to the expansion of corporate globalization: Continue reading

Activist Arrested for Filming Secretive Trade Talks

15 Sep

Cross Posted from Leesburg Today

Talks surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership have been ongoing since last weekend at Lansdowne Resort, drawing diplomats and trade representatives from across the globe, as well as a good many protestors. On Thursday, Sept. 13, film actress Q’orianka Kilcher, best known for her work portraying Pocahontas in the 2005 Terrence Malick film The New World, was arrested outside the event as she filmed fellow activists.

According to a statement issued by Rainforest Action Network, Kilcher arrived to assist in delivering petitions protesting the trade agreement and was “filming an interaction between other activists and police officers outside the hotel where the meetings are taking place when she was suddenly handcuffed and arrested for trespassing.”

Liz Mills, director of media relations and communications with the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office, said Kilcher was among several protestors who entered the Lansdowne Resort Thursday afternoon. After being asked repeatedly by hotel staff members to leave the premises, Kilcher, 22, was arrested and charged with trespassing. “She was then released on summons at the scene,” Mills said.

In all, nine protestors were determined to have trespassed during the TPP talks—three on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and six the following day, including Kilcher. Kilcher was the only protestor arrested and charged with a crime.

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