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"FDA warning:" The TPP is a threat to your health and safety

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is to protect and promote public health by strengthening programs and policies governing both the safety of the U.S. food supply and accessibility to safe and effective medical products, including pharmaceutical drugs. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens to undermine the FDA’s ability to carry out that mission, in a number of important ways, as described here.

The Rule of Law demands corporations be subordinate to government

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a global corporate coup that undermines democracy and makes corporations more powerful than government.  It creates a “trade tribunal” system that allows corporations to sue governments for expected lost profits resulting from environmental, labor, health, consumer protection and other laws. The judges in the tribunals will be corporate lawyers on temporary leave from corporate job in order to rule on cases brought by corporations and then returning to their corporate job.  This rigged rule of law system will prevent countries from acting in the public interest and for the protection of the planet.  The TPP undermines the rule of law.

Why the TPP is all about corporate power, not trade

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — just like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and every other so-called "trade agreement" — isn't really about trade at all.

Whether it is framed as "free trade" as touted by conservatives or "fair trade" as promoted by liberals, the real question is about who gets to make decisions about how goods, services (and now money itself) flows between international borders. 

Control over food is at stake with the TPP

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The agriculture section of the Ecology Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as the latest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) assault against food sovereignty, where the profits of multinational companies are placed ahead of the food security needs of individual nations. The TPP seeks to revive the stalled expansion of the World Trade Organization.

TPP: Global nightmare for democracy, workers rights and the 99%?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

U.S. trade pacts must clearly protect the right of workers to organize and form unions to protect their jobs, health and safety and communities in which transnational corporations operate. It is only strong worker protections that can prevent such tragic situations from occurring that we have seen in the Union Carbide factory explosion in Bhopal, India that killed thousands in 1984; the recent tragedies in Bangladesh — the building collapse in April and the fire that killed more than a thousand workers in November, and the untold numbers in the U.S. and worldwide who have been victims of cancer alleys created by the oil, chemical, energy and agribusiness industries.

TPP, Pivot to Asia, raise war risks in Asia Pacific region

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The desire of the Bush and the Obama administrations to pass the TPP is apparently an effort to create a coalition of nations to match China’s exploding economy and increased military and political influence in the region.  On Nov 12, 2011, Obama spoke before the Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and stated that, “… we’ve turned our attention back to the Asia Pacific region.” This is being accomplished through two vehicles:  the TPP and the “Pivot to Asia,” meaning a redeployment of American priorities and military forces away from Europe and the Middle East to Asia.  Also in the same month, this time speaking before the Australian Parliament, Obama said: “As a Pacific nation, the United States will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future.” The United States now has 320,000 troops in the Pacific region, and the Pentagon has promised there will be no reductions as troops are drawn down in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would increase poverty

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The much touted, at least by multinational corporations and some governments, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, has grave consequences for the so-called poor of the world, including those in the United States. This agreement, clouded in secrecy, has been characterized as something akin to “NAFTA on steroids!”  But, what exactly does it mean for the poor and working class of the United States?

With TPP, Obama has moved from transparency to secrecy, from human rights to corporate rights

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Suppose a Taiwanese company wanted to open a factory in California to make clothing. They propose importing workers who would accept a daily wage of $10, would not spend any money in the plant to meet U.S. occupational health and safety regulations, and would be rabid in opposing workers’ attempts to meet collectively to discuss their grievances or to bargain collectively with management.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Another assault on human rights that must be opposed

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The right to have the means to sustain one’s physical life is a foundational principle of human rights.  The right to work and earn a livable wage in conditions commensurate with human dignity that allow for securing adequate food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services is the basis for material sustainability and a dignified life.

The Top Secret deal between 11 countries that will affect your life

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

You know one of the most powerful weapons the government can use against us? It’s not missiles, or gas, or propaganda, or threatening to release all the nude TSA body-scanner images of you as Christmas cards. Nope. …It’s boredom. When evil stuff is boring, mind-blowingly BORING, people don’t give a crap about it. Boring evil is the worst! People care less than Vladimir Putin at an Amnesty International convention.

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