Secrets in trade: the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, involving the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan and seven smaller Pacific nations, and the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area (aka as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), involving the US and the European Union, are a threat to democracy.

Negotiations have been conducted in secret, but enough has leaked out to reveal the intent of these agreements.  (What they would do is to enact corporate wish lists into international law, which would be virtually impossible to repeal or amend without all the signatories acting in concert.

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Click on Beat the Press for more from Dean Baker.  [added 1/22/14]

Click on naked capitalism for more from Yves Smith.  [added 1/22/14]

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One Response to “Secrets in trade: the Trans-Pacific Partnership”

  1. John Pennington Says:

    All such trade agreements are designed for the benefit of corporations, not people. Secret agreements are always wrong and anti-democratic. The people will pay, and only the rich will benefit.

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