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The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is Part of Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”

Following nearly eight years of negotiations, 12 Pacific Rim countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam – have agreed to take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a sweeping trade deal that affects some 40 percent of the global economy. The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) …

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Trans-Pacific Partnership a Disaster for Natural Health

Details of the long-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership are public at last: it will undermine the safety of our food supply, make medicine more expensive, and give power to the biotech monopoly. Action Alert! A few weeks ago, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal was finally released after many years of closed-door negotiations between officials from the US and eleven other …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Flush the TPP ….. One More Time – 11.11.15

The deservedly-despised Trans Pacific Partnership is front and center in our discussion this week. Ellen talks with author and producer of the “Secret of Oz” movie Bill Still, who discusses the consolidation of monetary power and the quest for total global control. Co-host Walt McRee talks to one of the central figures leading the public campaign to stop this misnamed corporate coup, Dr. Margaret Flowers, of Flush the TPP.org. And Matt Stannard once again brings the focus back to the moral implications of the pact that have been ignored.

Chris Hedges – The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The release Thursday of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a trade and investment agreement involving 12 countries comprising nearly 40 percent of global output—confirms what even its most apocalyptic critics feared. “The TPP, along with the WTO [World Trade Organization] and NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement], is the most brazen corporate power grab in American history,” Ralph Nader …

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Economic Update – Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism – 10.25.15

Updates on monster merger in beer, buying the US presidency, homeless in Hawaii, Canada’s election results. Response to listener’s question on relation of individualism to capitalism and socialism. Major discussion of history of socialism vs capitalism with focus on specific place of democratic socialism.

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Stephen Gowans – Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Equals a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

The U.S. political elite is never entirely secretive about its aims. It spells them out, maybe not always clearly and maybe sometimes elliptically, but it is fairly open in declaring its objectives and how it intends to achieve them. When she was U.S. secretary of state, Hilary Clinton adumbrated the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a 2011 article in Foreign Affairs, the …

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Nadia Alexan – The Trans-Pacific Agreement will sap whatever is left of our Sovereignty

f you really think we live in a free and independent society, think again. What sovereignty are we left with, when we have already forfeited our birthright to multinationals? What freedom are we talking about when a private company can challenge our laws in court, according to the various so-called free-trade agreements, negotiated by our governments in secret: NAFTA, the …

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Alternative Visions – Transpacific Partnership Free Trade Analysis – 10.09.15

Jack takes a look at the leaks concerning provisions of the TPP trade agreement signed this past week. Why the TPP will mean loss of jobs with little or no job creation in the US in return. Why it means reduction in wages will continue. The phony statements by Obama and pundits about its effects, and the verbal maneuverings by Clinton and Republicans. Jack explains how China is not the currency manipulator, but Japan and now the other Asian members of TPP. Special focus on the treaty’s effects on pharmaceutical and health, autos, agriculture, manufacturing, Boeing Corp., and other sectors in the US. Negotiation maneuvers between the US, Australia, Japan and others. Why a vote next year, during election cycle, is more likely to pass rather than less likely. Why Congress will talk the talk, but then pass it. How TPP and free trade is really about US corporations’ foreign direct investment and less about goods exchanges between countries. Jack concludes explaining that the global trade recession now beginning will result in currency declines accelerating in the other countries that will more than offset the tariff cuts. The net result will be no gains for the US and big losses as a result of currency manipulation by other members of the treaty.

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Leid Stories – 10.08.15

Wrong and Strong: The U.S. Bombing of Afghan Hospital; Hillary Clinton’s About-Face on Trans-Pacific Partnership President Barack Obama made a “rare” presidential apology yesterday for the U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 22 staff and patients and wounded dozens, including local villagers. But was the airstrike a “mistake,” as the administration and the …

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Ashish Shukla – TPP plots to cripple China

Five years in the making and involving 40 percent of world’s trade, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been signed between United States and 11 other countries, namely, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Brunei, concerning over 800 million people. The deal is a thinly-disguised attempt by the United States to encircle China and …