TPP Analysis

TPP-LOGO-1It’s NOT a trade deal. It’s a Bill of Rights for corporations.

Obama puts TPP trade deal at top of 2016 agenda 12/18/15 The Hill

President Obama expressed optimism at a Friday press conference that Congress can approve a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal. Obama called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “a big deal” and acknowledged that opponents in both parties make for “an interesting situation.”

How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights 12/9/15 Electronic Frontier Foundation

Everything in the TPP that increases corporate rights and interests is binding, whereas every provision that is meant to protect the public interest is non-binding and is susceptible to get bulldozed by efforts to protect corporations.

WTO Orders Sanctions Unless US Cuts Consumer Labels, Disproving Obama TPP Claims 12/8/15 Huffington Post

The WTO authorized over $1 billion annually in trade sanctions against the United States unless and until the popular consumer policy [country-of-origin labeling] is weakened or eliminated.

Drug prices expected to rise as result of TPP deal 12/6/15 The Globe and Mail

The intellectual-property provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will drive up global drug prices and make it harder to treat diseases in developing countries, Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) says.

No mention of climate change in the TPP: Sierra Club report shows “dirty deal” means environmental disaster 12/2/15 Salon

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is more than 6,000 pages long, but does not mention the words “climate change” once. This is one of the many findings in a new report by leading environmental organization the Sierra Club.

Midlands Voices: TPP won’t work for working families 12/2/15 Omaha World-Herald

In Nebraska, we’ve lost more than 5,000 family-sustaining manufacturing jobs over the past two decades since enacting bad trade policies like NAFTA and CAFTA.

The TPP State of Play: How We Defeat the Largest Trade Deal in History 12/1/15 Electronic Frontier Foundation

For now, there is no clear reading on how Congress will vote on the TPP’s implementing legislation, but it’s going to be a close vote. Our strategy will be two-fold: (1) To overwhelm Congress members with emails and messages from their constituents demanding that they vote down the TPP when the implementing legislation comes before them. (2) To turn the TPP into a household name for toxic digital policy, much like we did with SOPA.

Foreshadowing TPP Troubles — Trade Ruling Nixes Dolphin-Safe Tuna Label 11/25/15 Food and Water Watch

The World Trade Organization has ruled that the “dolphin-safe” tuna label is an illegal trade barrier. The TPP is even more hostile to reasonable food labeling and food safety rules than the WTO. The TPP even specifically says that the trade rules apply to state labeling efforts, which could unravel all our efforts to pass GMO labeling at the state level.

Vietnam Beating Case Highlights TPP Labor Rights Issue 11/25/15 Voice of America

Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said last week that Vietnam appeared to “play nice during TPP negotiations, but now that the agreement has been signed, it is taking steps to tighten government control over critics.”

The TPP and the New Global Corporate Government by Jack Rasmus 11/18/15 TeleSUR

TPP is the latest salvo fired by global corporations against national and popular sovereignty, against Democracy itself. The key to understanding how TPP is about global corporations setting up their own global government is contained in its Chapters 27 and 28.

Obama’s trade deal is in trouble 11/17/15 The Hill

The president only needs 51 votes in the Senate because fast-track prevents a filibuster, but the House vote would be a nail-biter.

Is TPP a “Living” Document? 11/16/15 Huffington Post

As we look at the text, it becomes clear that TPP is really a governance document. It is not just about trade … TPP is really about institutions and power – political, economic, and social power to decide who gains from globalization.

VIDEO: Economist Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama on TPP and Praises Bernie Sanders 11/13/15 Truthdig / Democracy Now!

Of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal affecting 40 percent of the global economy and currently being debated by Congress, Nobel prize winner Stiglitz said, “The irony is that the president came out and said, ‘This is about who makes the trade rules—China or the United States?’ … But I think the big issue is, this is about who makes the rules of trade—the American people, our democratic process, or the corporations? And who they’re made for, which is, for the corporations or for all of us?”

What a New NAFTA Complaint Can Tell Us About the TPP 11/13/15 AFL-CIO

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) debate intensifies, a coalition of U.S. and Mexican labor and civil society groups are taking an unprecedented legal approach to protect workers’ rights that will test the strength of labor protections in international trade agreements.

TPP trade pact spreads SOPA-like censorship worldwide 11/13/15 InfoWorld

The purported trade deal’s 6,194 pages of mind-numbing legalese actually cover a wide range of policy questions that have little to do with tariffs, imports, or exports — including a chapter on intellectual property that will likely dismay supporters of an open Internet.

Why Obama says TPP is historic for workers — and why US labor unions hate it 11/12/15 Vox

There were infractions against workers’ rights in Guatemala that violated CAFTA for years, but the US did little. Only in 2014 did the US bring Guatemala to dispute settlement. And this was the first labor case against a trading partner that the US had ever brought to dispute settlement.

TPP is about many things, but free trade? Not so much 11/9/15 Toronto Globe and Mail

[A]greements such as the TPP are about implementing policies that have nothing to do with comparative advantage, policies that are often designed to lead to higher consumer costs and concentrated corporate power…This isn’t a bug; it’s the point of the agreement.

The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History 11/6/15 Truthdig

Citizens will be forced to give up control of their destiny and will be stripped of the ability to protect themselves from corporate predators, safeguard the ecosystem and find redress and justice in our now anemic and often dysfunctional democratic institutions.

Release of the Full TPP Text After Five Years of Secrecy Confirms Threats to Users’ Rights 11/5/15 Electronic Frontier Foundation

Some of the more dangerous threats to the public’s rights to free expression, access to knowledge, and privacy online are contained in the copyright provisions in the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter … If there’s one thing we can take away from this, it’s that the TPP’s secretive, lobbyist-controlled policymaking process has led to a deal that upholds corporate rights and interests at the direct expense of all of our digital rights.

Articles below this point were written before the release of the full text of the TPP

Anti-trade Democrats say Obama’s Pacific Rim trade pact is for the dogs 10/29/15 (Washington Post)

“Members of the administration are flying around the country on taxpayer dollars saying what a good agreement it is, but if it is so good for Americans, why can’t we see the text?” Rep. Rosa DeLauro said during a news conference just outside the Capitol. Read the article

Joseph Stiglitz: Under TPP, Polluters Could Sue U.S. for Setting Carbon Emissions Limits 10/28/15 (Democracy Now – Video and transcript)

“We know we’re going to need regulations to restrict the emissions of carbon,” Stiglitz said. “But under these provisions, corporations can sue … all the governments in the TPP … for the loss of profits as a result of the regulations that restrict their ability to emit carbon emissions that lead to global warming.” Read the article

Uploading baseball GIFs could get you sued under TPP, copyright activists warn 10/25/15 (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.)

Copyright activists say Canadians could face lawsuits, fines or worse for ripping the latest Justin Bieber CD or uploading an animated GIF of Jose Bautista’s bat-flip under a new trade deal, and they’re calling on the newly elected Justin Trudeau to act. Read the article

Obama to woo Dem lawmakers on trade 10/20/15 (The Hill)

The 12-nation trade agreement, which was finalized earlier this month, is not expected to go before Congress until next year. But Obama has become personally involved in selling the controversial pact to members of Congress and industry leaders, months ahead of what’s expected to be a tough vote. Read the article

The TPP: Priority #1 of US Multinational Corporations 10/20/15 (Telesur TV)

If the leaks are any indication of what’s to come when full details are released, consumers, workers, and everyone concerned about the growing global “corporatization” of democracy, are in for a big shock. Read the article

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown Slams Obama-Backed TPP As ‘Massive Sellout Of American Workers’ 10/14/15 (International Business Times)

In a blast email sent out Wednesday morning, senior Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — who represents the all-important swing state of Ohio — slammed the White House initiative in terms typically reserved for attack ads against Republicans. He declared that Obama’s proposal “is an enormous giveaway to huge corporations and CEOs and a massive sellout of American workers and jobs.” Read the article

Top 10 Unknown Things About TPP 10/14/15 (AFL-CIO)

At this point, too many details of the agreement aren’t public. Trade can obviously be a good thing for the country, but only if it is done the right way. And with TPP, what we know at this point is enormously problematic. Here are the 10 biggest unknowns about the TPP. Read the article

TPP Treaty Full Text: WikiLeaks Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Rights Chapter 10/9/15 (International Business Times)

WikiLeaks said Friday it had obtained the intellectual property section of the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The paragraphs cover Internet services, medicines, publishers, civil liberties and biological patents. Read the article

Latest News on TPP Negotiations

8/11/15 Why TPP Threatens To Undermine One Of The Fundamental Principles Of Science (Tech Dirt)
8/10/15 NZ Prime Minister John Key says TPP deal will be done (BBC News)