More information has become available concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal that would expand the rights of international corporations and would represent about 40% of the world’s GDP . Whistleblowing organization Wikileaks released new documents on Sunday detailing the differing positions of the involved countries and the secret terms of the negotiations. These documents shed new light on the United States’ position, and show just how isolated the US is in its quest to push through the TPP.
If you think the Monsanto Protection Act was bad, watch out for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade agreement being negotiated in secret, which subverts national sovereignty for corporate rule. On Nov. 13, WikiLeaks released the August version of a section of the TPP, the Intellectual Property chapter, which addresses not only traditional creative copyrights, but also genetic and pharmaceutical patents, as well as surgical procedures.
Economist William K. Black discusses the secretly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the catastrophic consequences for public health if it should be ratified. Black calls upon former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, a pediatrician, to denounce the TPP and call attention to the public health crises that it will create, in the interests of enriching the pharmaceutical industry and corporate America.
In yet another example of why ‘privatization’ of essential government services is a bad idea, there are reports that the already-rampant organized crime element of Fukushima (Japan) prefecture is cashing in on the chaos surrounding the nuclear disaster cleanup. Check out stories from both Gaius Publius/Americablog and Reuters.
Combat is commerce; war and capitalism are exploitative transactions; war is great for business; superpatriotism props up the increasingly profitable military-industrial complex; U.S. ‘warriors’ are prepackaged commodities in the industry of war. Ret. USAF officer William Astore analyzes the phenomenon of war as business and how this conceptualization affects all of us.
The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions. The shift is part of a larger administration initiative to update the arms export process, which many acknowledge needed to be streamlined. But critics of the move to Commerce say that decision has been overly driven by the interests of defense manufacturers.
As we all know, the use of chemical weapons is the most heinous crime that can be committed by a brutal, aggressive government: a brazen act of state terror, an offense against all humanity. Those who perpetrate such actions put themselves beyond the pale; indeed, they rank themselves with Hitler himself, as a succession of America’s highest officials has pointed out in recent weeks.
As both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have said so eloquently, those responsible for such a crime must be punished. To look away from such an atrocity, to fail to hold those responsible to account would be, as these eminent statesmen tell us, a crime in itself, tantamount to ignoring the Holocaust or the massacres in Rwanda.
Ron Paul: Last week, for the first time since the 1979 Iranian revolution, the US president spoke with his Iranian counterpart. Their 15 minute telephone call was reported to open the door to further high-level discussions. This is a very important event.