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TPP Trans Pacific Partnership Via Executive Action
« on: June 26, 2012, 07:36:33 AM »
Both Canada and Mexico have been invited to join the U.S., along with other countries already engaged in negotiations which will deepen trade and economic ties within the Asia-Pacific region. Such a deal would surpass NAFTA in size and scope. The U.S. led talks which have been criticized for their secretive nature, could be used to update aspects of existing trade pacts among member nations. This would provide the perfect opportunity for a backdoor renegotiation of NAFTA without officially having to open it back up.

After expressing interest in joining trade talks back in November 2011, NAFTA partners have been invited to join the U.S. backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which also includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed both Mexico and Canada into the TPP fold. He noted that, “Mexico has assured the United States that it is prepared to conclude a high-standard agreement that will include issues that were not covered in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).” He added, “Inviting Canada to join the TPP negotiations presents a unique opportunity for the United States to build upon this already dynamic trading relationship. Through TPP, we are bringing the relationship with our largest trading partner into the 21st century.” A joint statement by the U.S. and Canada acknowledged that, “The TPP presents an opportunity to conclude a high standard agreement that will build on the commitments of NAFTA.”

The Council of Canadians who continue to be vocal opponents of NAFTA and other trade deals that follow the same flawed template, are strongly against Canada’s entry into the TPP. Its national chairperson, Maude Barlow warned that this, “could force Canada to change its drug policies, its copyright policies, its environmental and public health rules – all without going through the normal parliamentary process.” The organization cautioned how, “TPP negotiations could mean up-front concessions in a number of areas, including intellectual property rights, where the U.S. is making considerable demands on TPP member countries that will undermine access to essential medicines so that its multinational drug firms can increase profits.” They also emphasized that, “Supply management, which guarantees fair wages and stable prices for farmers in non-exporting sectors, is too valuable to Canada to sacrifice on a negotiating table.” Others have pointed out that it is important as a buy-local program, as well as key to Canada’s food security and food sovereignty. The Council of Canadians maintains that, “the TPP is by and large a NAFTA renegotiation but on U.S. President Obama’s terms.”

read full article http://beyourownleader.blogspot.ca/2012/06/using-tpp-to-renegotiate-and-expand.html

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Re: Using Trans-Pacific-Partnership to Renegotiate and Expand NAFTA
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2012, 01:00:43 PM »
http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2012/06/19/san-diego-and-the-nation-prepare-to-greet-the-tpp/
San Diego and the Nation Prepare to Greet the TPP
By CTC – June 19, 2012


People from southern California and throughout the nation are preparing to greet trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists as they gather for the 13th major round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations from July 2 -10 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
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The broader Stop TPP Coalition, led by Occupy San Diego and others, is also planning a series of actions and educational events, the details of which will be announced online at StopTPP.org.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/tag/trans-pacific-partnership/

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/07/10/a-big-deal-canada-and-mexico-join-the-trans-pacific-partnership/#more-27609
A big deal: Canada and Mexico join the Trans-Pacific Partnership
 10th July, 2012
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The most significant development during the G20 summit in Mexico occurred on the sidelines and was largely buried in media reports: the decision to invite Canada and Mexico to join negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP).

Adding Mexico and Canada to the current nine-member TPP will result — if negotiations are successful — in a free trade area covering some 658 million people and about US$20.5 trillion in economic activity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Strategic_Economic_Partnership
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On June 18, 2012, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Mexico had been invited to join the negotiations[8], pending completion of Mexico's domestic procedures. Mexico's interest in joining was initially met with concern among TPP negotiators about its customs policies.[9]
 
On June 19, 2012 Canada announced that it had joined the TPP negotiations.

This goes back to Bush and the Pac Rim Conference:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,230118,00.html#ixzz26J1eIN00
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After remaining in Hanoi for a massive summit of 21 Pacific Rim leaders, Bush was traveling on Monday to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon ...

Just to be unfair...

Nov. 17: President Bush stands in front of a bust of revolutionary communist leader Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,230118,00.html#ixzz26J1eIN00

http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Bush-fails-to-win-pact-at-Hanoi-conference-2466468.php

Bush fails to win pact at Hanoi conference / Pacific Rim nations OK only a mention about North Korea
Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post
Published 4:00 a.m., Monday, November 20, 2006

see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APEC_United_States_2011

APEC United States 2011 was a series of meetings of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member economies held around the United States in 2011. It culminated in the 19th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii from November 12–13, 2011.[1][2] The United States last hosted an APEC summit at the 1993 summit in Seattle.[3] President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the other leaders and spouses.
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Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership
 
Leaders of nine APEC nations were expected to negotiate on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, a multilateral free trade agreement.[4][5][6]


http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2011/11/13/travel-diary-hawaiian-hospitality-helps-make-apec-2011-success



For the first time since 1993, APEC is back in the United States! Over the past week, officials, ministers and leaders from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum have been meeting in Honolulu to review the outcomes of the U.S. host year and to set guidelines for the future of trade in the Asia-Pacific region.
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On Thursday and Friday, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton led their counterparts from the other 20 APEC economies in reviewing the work accomplished over the past year and deliberating over the policy recommendations from the senior officials, including sorting out issues which could not be resolved previously. Secretary Clinton chaired special sessions on disaster resilience and open governance that featured broad non-government participation together with foreign ministers.

This weekend, President Barack Obama has been meeting with the other 20 economic leaders. This Sunday morning, they adopted the Honolulu Declaration, which noted the great strides made in our three priority areas for the host year: expanding trade, encouraging green growth, and strengthening regulatory cooperation throughout the region -- all pulling us in the direction of a "seamless regional economy."
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/13/president-obama-asia-pacific-economic-cooperation-apec
President Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
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Yesterday, President Obama kicked off the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers and Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In the morning, the President met with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

President Obama announced in November 2009 the United States’ intention to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to conclude an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement that reflects U.S. priorities and values.  This agreement will boost U.S. economic growth and support the creation and retention of high-quality jobs at home by increasing American exports to a region that includes some of the world’s most robust economies and that represents more than 40 percent of global trade.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/13/president-obama-asia-pacific-economic-cooperation-apec



President Barack Obama attends a meeting with the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. At left is Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, and right is U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Yesterday, President Obama kicked off the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers and Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In the morning, the President met with Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

President Obama announced in November 2009 the United States’ intention to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to conclude an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement that reflects U.S. priorities and values.  This agreement will boost U.S. economic growth and support the creation and retention of high-quality jobs at home by increasing American exports to a region that includes some of the world’s most robust economies and that represents more than 40 percent of global trade.

As the President noted yesterday:

We just had an excellent meeting, and I’m very pleased to announce that our nine nations have reached the broad outlines of an agreement.  There are still plenty of details to work out, but we are confident that we can do so.  So we've directed our teams to finalize this agreement in the coming year.  It is an ambitious goal, but we are optimistic that we can get it done.

The TPP will boost our economies, lowering barriers to trade and investment, increasing exports, and creating more jobs for our people, which is my number-one priority.  Along with our trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, the TPP will also help achieve my goal of doubling U.S. exports, which support millions of American jobs.

 Later in the day, President Obama participated in an APEC CEO Business summit, including a question and answer session with Boeing CEO, Jim McNerney.
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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the New NAFTA
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2012, 01:08:27 PM »
Geez ....

http://www.ustr.gov/tpp
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): 14th Round of TPP Negotiations Set for Leesburg, Virginia -- September 6-15, 2012

The next negotiating round of the Trans- Pacific Partnership will take place Leesburg, Virginia from September 6-15, 2012. USTR will be hosting a Direct Stakeholder Engagement event on Sunday, September 9, 2012. This event will provide stakeholders the opportunity to speak directly and one-on-one with negotiators, raise questions, and share their views. We tried this approach two rounds ago in Dallas, and most stakeholders expressed their preference for this one-on-one engagement. Some stakeholders said they would like the opportunity to make presentations to negotiators, as in earlier negotiating rounds, and we will accommodate these requests. In addition, there will be a stakeholder briefing on September 9th.

http://www.dclabor.org/ht/display/ArticleDetails/i/103360
Thursday, September 6, 2012

(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

Negotiations on the biggest Free Trade Agreement in U.S. history are coming to Leesburg this week.

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations get under way in northern Virginia, the Citizens Trade Campaign is coordinating free buses to join with labor, environmental, public health, family farm, consumer, Occupy and other social justice organizations for a major mobilization Sunday demanding “an end to back-room dealmaking for the 1%.”

RSVP to reserve your seat on free union-operated buses leaving Washington, DC or to request information on carpooling from other locations throughout the mid-Atlantic. Click here to download a PDF of the rally flyer


http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/activists_go_head-to-head_with_tpp_negotiators



At the afternoon rally, CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins said, "The TPP is shaping up to become one of the biggest and most destructive trade agreements because it could lead to even more offshoring of our manufacturing and service sector jobs, downward pressure on wages and benefits, and the subversion of our labor rights and environmental protections. But the public is unaware that the TPP even exists because negotiators are keeping their proposals hidden. Americans deserve the right to know what's being proposed in our names."

http://www.foe.org/news/blog/protest-trans-pacific-trade-negotiations
Protest Trans Pacific trade negotiations in Leesburg Virginia
 Posted Sep. 7, 2012

For 10 days, the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a colossal, job-destroying free trade agreement -- will be negotiated in secret in Leesburg, Virginia. This massive trade agreement would threaten essential environmental protections as a favor to exploitative corporate interests. Backed by hundreds of corporate lobbyists, the TPP negotiators are cutting deals in private, away from the eyes of the public they are supposed to represent.
 
From September 6 through 16, trade negotiators from around the Pacific are meeting behind closed doors for the 14th round of TPP negotiations. Singapore, Malaysia, Chile, New Zealand, Brunei, Australia, Peru, Vietnam and the United States are participating in the talks in Leesburg Virginia. Canada and Mexico will participate in later negotiations.  Japan and others may seek to join in the future.
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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the New NAFTA
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012, 01:20:37 PM »
http://www.kjonline.com/opinion/trans-pacific-partnership-is-nafta-on-steroids_2012-09-12.html
Trans-Pacific Partnership is NAFTA on steroids
Letter to the Editor

I looked into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (article, Sept. 5) and see a real monster. Launched by the previous administration with the help of 600 mega-companies, planning for this NAFTA-on-steroids pact has been surrounded by secrecy from both the public and Congress.

Even Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the chairman of the congressional committee with oversight of these deals, has been denied access to the proposals. Why? Well, only two of TPP's 26 chapters have to do with actual trade. Most are devoted to new corporate privileges and rigid constraints on governments' regulations and consumer protections in the areas of drug monopolies, shipping jobs overseas, natural resources, financial "services," land use, food and product safety, energy and tax policies, Internet freedom, and invasions of domestic policy.
 
Corporations and investors will rise to equal status with sovereign countries, and disputes will be settled in closed-door foreign tribunals. A leveling of policies will ensue so that we're just like Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Peru and other members.
 
Notice how past "free trade" deals have edged us toward a Third World economy? The TPP will hugely advance a global corporate take-over of our national prerogatives and natural choices.
 
The U.S. Trade Representative's Office would like to get this done before the election. I believe it wouldn't have a chance if people knew what's in it.
 
Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, is right to point out big problems with the TPP, and he deserves kudos for his support for Maine's -- and America's -- last sports shoe manufacturer left standing.
 
The fact that McCabe's presence at the Virginia TPP meeting on Sunday was upgraded to delivering a presentation is encouraging for Maine jobs.
 
James Murphy
 
Starks
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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the New NAFTA
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2012, 01:34:18 PM »
http://theintelhub.com/2012/09/05/stealth-corporate-coup-detat/
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Stealth Corporate Coup d’Etat, NAFTA on Steroids

By Stephen Lendman, Contributor
 theintelhub.com
 September 05, 2012
 
Obama and other Washington extremists support an alphabet soup of federal and international freedom-destroying measures.
 
SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA, and now TPP are stealth pro-corporate, anti-populist hellish schemes.
 
Two previous articles by this writer called TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) ACTA 2.0 and a trade deal from hell. Another one said ACTA is worse than SOPA and PIPA
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TPP, like other destructive trade deals, is being secretly negotiated. Most people never heard of it. Media scoundrels ignore it. Whatever corporations want they support.
 
TPP was “cleverly misbranded,” said Wallach. In 2008, Bush officials initiated discussions. They continue “under the radar.” By late 2009, Obama picked up where Bush left off. He backs everything he supported and then some.
 
He wants virtual total corporate empowerment. “Think of the TPP as a stealthy delivery mechanism for policies that could not survive public scrutiny,” said Wallach.

It provides Trojan horse cover for “grandiose new rights and privileges for corporations and permanent constraints on government regulation.”
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“The stakes are extremely high because TPP may well be the last ‘trade’ agreement Washington negotiates.” If enacted, other countries can join. If enough do, it’ll be a global “NAFTA on steroids.”
 
Member countries will sacrifice national sovereignty. Their laws, regulations and rights will be subordinated to TPP rules. Their use of tax revenues will also be restricted. Buy America and similar national priorities will end.
 
Rule-breakers will face TPP tribunal lawsuits and sanctions. Corporations will be empowered to sue countries outside their domestic courts. Private sector attorneys will become judges and juries.
 
TPP is an anti-fair trade measure. Trade is its least important feature. Washington has plenty of deals with other countries. TPP is about raw, unchallenged, supranational corporate power.
 
Obama entered office promising transparency. Instead, he exceeded the worst of Bush and then some. His administration is America’s most secretive ever. He’s done more harm to more people in more ways than any of his predecessors in a comparable time period. Imagine what he plans in a second term.

He wanted TPP completed this year
. Opposition to extreme provisions slowed things down. Australia said it won’t accept a parallel court system.
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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the New NAFTA
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 01:54:08 PM »
Welcome to the Global Plantation the TPP:

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/14/breaking_08_pledge_leaked_trade_doc
Breaking ’08 Pledge, Leaked Trade Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations

TPP - Democracy Now Video

A draft agreement leaked Wednesday shows the Obama administration is pushing a secretive trade agreement that could vastly expand corporate power and directly contradict a 2008 campaign promise by President Obama. A U.S. proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact between the United States and eight Pacific nations would allow foreign corporations operating in the U.S. to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its ruling.

We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a fair trade group that posted the leaked documents on its website. "This isn’t just a bad trade agreement," Wallach says. "This is a 'one-percenter' power tool that could rip up our basic needs and rights." [includes rush transcript]

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.


http://www.citizen.org/tradewatch
http://www.citizen.org/tpp
Trans-Pacific Partnership Round 14 Underway

TPP: Corporate Power Tool of the 1%

Have you heard? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement is a stealthy policy being pressed by corporate America, a dream of the 1 percent, that in one blow could:
 
offshore millions of American jobs,
free the banksters from oversight,
ban Buy America policies needed to create green jobs and rebuild our economy,
decrease access to medicine,
flood the U.S. with unsafe food and products,
and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards.

Closed-door talks are on-going between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam; with countries like Japan and China potentially joining later. 600 corporate advisors have access to the text, while the public, Members of Congress, journalists, and civil society are excluded. And so far what we know about what's in there is very scary!
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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the New NAFTA
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2012, 02:15:53 PM »
http://www.democraticunderground.com/101640866
http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2012/09/03/u-s-trade-rep-confident-about-trans-pacific-partnership/




SINGAPORE–The top U.S. trade negotiator said he doesn’t see plans for an Asia-only trade pact that would bind China and Japan to other economies throughout the region as a threat to U.S. economic interests.
 
Instead, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said he wants to accelerate efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which includes a handful of Southeast Asian countries but excludes China and Japan, at least for now.
 
“I am reasonably confident we’ll get the TPP finished before the [Asia-wide free trade zone] comes into being” Mr. Kirk said in a telephone interview Sunday, even though discussions about a free trade area across Asia have gathered momentum recently.
 
Mr. Kirk spoke from Hanoi, where he met with Vietnamese officials after taking part in a meeting of economic chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021265974
TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade agreement makes it into the Democratic Party Platform


http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform

...Free and Fair Trade. We have also sought to promote free and fair trade. Because of the economic dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region, which is already home to more than half the global economy, expanding trade with that region is critical to creating jobs and opportunities for the American people. Building on the free trade agreement with South Korea that President Obama signed, we are working with our partners in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum to create a seamless regional economy, promote green growth, and coordinate regulatory reform. Alongside Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, we are on track to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a historic high-standard agreement that will address new and emerging trade issues, lower barriers to the free flow of trade and investment, increase exports, and create more American jobs. Exploring opportunities to shape the multilateral trading system to reflect the role and responsibility of major emerging markets in the global economy is a critical part of the President’s trade agenda...
 
http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/biographies-key-officials/united-states-trade-representative-ron-kirk

Ambassador Ron Kirk is the United States Trade Representative (USTR). He is a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and serves as the President's principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.

Since Ambassador Kirk was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2009, he has led the Obama Administration’s market-opening negotiations and dialogue with trading partners around the world, including the conclusion and congressional passage of bilateral free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama, advancing the ambitious regional Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, and sustaining serious U.S. engagement at the World Trade Organization.

Ambassador Kirk has also simultaneously pursued robust enforcement of America's trade rights in support of U.S. businesses and workers, and he has focused efforts to better assist American small businesses seeking opportunities in international markets.

Ambassador Kirk brings both public service and private sector experience to USTR. He served two terms as the first African-American mayor of Dallas. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as Texas Secretary of State under Governor Ann Richards. In addition, Ambassador Kirk has practiced law as a partner in the international law firm Vinson & Elkins, LLP. He was named one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal in 2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinson_%26_Elkins
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In 2001, V&E received negative attention for its role as legal advisor to Enron, the failed Houston-based energy company. During the years following Enron's collapse, Vinson & Elkins was the subject of a number of claims, and its representation of Enron endured scrutiny by news organizations, the U.S. Congress, and federal agencies. Vinson & Elkins was voluntarily dismissed without payment in January 2007 from the last significant litigation involving the Enron collapse. The law firm agreed to pay $30 million to the failed energy company's bankruptcy estate to avoid a lawsuit claiming it aided in the company's downfall

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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the New NAFTA
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2012, 04:26:40 PM »

http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/leaked-document-tpp-trade-agreement-p
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The leaked document,” says Todd Tucker, the research director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division, “shows that in all of the major respects, this is exactly the same template that was used in NAFTA and other agreements that President Obama campaigned against.” Public Citizen warns the provisions of the agreement would allow other countries to join in the future, giving it the potential to become a new global trade agreement, larger than NAFTA.


Treaty Vs. Agreements

NAFTA is an Agreement NOT a Treaty - Why is that important? They don't need a two-third's vote for an "Agreement" like for a Treaty... Also notice how the government CFR trilat's make it seem that these "Agreements" are Treaties!

He is a video that explains this pretty well:


http://YouTube - Treaty vs Agreement

http://www.asil.org/insigh10.cfm
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 "Treaty" has a much more restricted meaning under the constitutional law of the United States. It is an international agreement that has received the "advice and consent" (in practice, just the consent) of two-thirds of the Senate and that has been ratified by the President. The Senate does not ratify treaties. When the Senate gives its consent, the President--acting as the chief diplomat of the United States--has discretion whether or not to ratify the instrument. Through the course of U. S. history, several instruments that have received the Senate's consent have nonetheless remained unratified. Those instruments are not in force for the United States, despite the Senate's consent to them.  

 Not all international agreements negotiated by the United States are submitted to the Senate for its consent. Sometimes the Executive Branch negotiates an agreement that is intended to be binding only if sent to the Senate, but the President for political reasons decides not to seek its consent.

Often, however, the Executive Branch negotiates agreements that are intended to be binding without the consent of two-thirds of the Senate.

Sometimes these agreements are entered into with the concurrence of a simple majority of both houses of Congress ("Congressional-Executive agreements"); in these cases the concurrence may be given either before or after the Executive Branch negotiates the agreement.

On other occasions the President simply enters into an agreement without the intended or actual participation of either house of Congress (a "Presidential," or "Sole Executive" agreement). The extent of the President's authority to enter into Sole Executive agreements is controversial, as will be noted below.  

 Although some Senators have at times taken the position that certain important international agreements must be submitted as treaties for the Senate's advice and consent, the prevailing view is that a Congressional-Executive agreement may be used whenever a treaty could be. This is the position taken in the American Law Institute's Restatement Third of Foreign Relations Law of the United States, § 303, Comment e. Under the prevailing view, the converse is true as well: a treaty may be used whenever a Congressional-Executive agreement could be.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement
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With much consideration and emotional discussion, the House of Representatives approved NAFTA on November 17, 1993, 234-200. The agreement's supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats.

Clinton signed it into law on December 8, 1993; it went into effect on January 1, 1994.[2][3]

Clinton while signing the NAFTA bill stated that "NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't support this agreement


http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/97-896.pdf
Why Certain Trade Agreements Are Approved as Congressional-Executive Agreements Rather Than as Treaties
Jeanne J. Grimmett
Legislative Attorney
July 13, 2012

CRS Report for Congress


Summary

U.S. trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), World Trade Organization agreements, and bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) have been approved by majority vote of each house rather than by two-thirds vote of the Senate—that is, they have been
treated as congressional-executive agreements rather than as treaties. The congressional-executive agreement has been the vehicle for implementing Congress’s long-standing policy of seeking trade benefits for the United States through reciprocal trade negotiations. In a succession of
statutes, Congress has authorized the President to negotiate and enter into tariff and nontariff  barrier (NTB) agreements for limited periods, while permitting NTB and free trade agreements negotiated under this authority to enter into force for the United States only if they are approved
by both houses in a bill enacted into public law and other statutory conditions are met; implementing bills are also accorded expedited consideration under the scheme.

Congress most recently granted the President temporary trade negotiating authority utilizing this approach in the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002 (BTPAA), contained in Title XXI of the Trade Act of 2002, P.L. 107-210. Although the authority expired during the 110th
Congress, agreements entered into before July 1, 2007, remained eligible for congressional consideration under the expedited procedure. The President had entered into free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama before this date, each of which awaited congressional approval at the time. In October 2011, Congress approved the three pending agreements, making a total of 11 free trade agreements approved under the BTPAA process.

In addition, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the President, notified the House and Senate in December 2009 by letter that the President intended to enter into negotiations aimed at a regional, Asia-Pacific trade agreement, called the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP).
Notwithstanding the expiration of BTPAA authorities, the USTR stated that the Administration would be observing the relevant procedures of the act with respect to notifying and consulting with Congress regarding these negotiations.

A federal appeals court held in 2001 that the issue of whether the NAFTA should have been approved as a treaty was a nonjusticiable political question (Made in the USA Foundation v. United States, 242 F.3d 1300 (11th Cir. 2001)). The U.S. Supreme Court denied review in the case.
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On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, while agreeing that appellants had standing, held that the issue of whether an international commercial agreement such as the NAFTA is a treaty that must be approved by two-thirds of the Senate was a nonjusticiable
political question.17 The court dismissed the appeal and remanded to the district court with instructions to vacate. The Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case
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Addressing the third question, the court cited, inter alia, the need for the nation to speak with uniformity in the area of foreign affairs and commerce, and the fact that a judicial order declaring the NAFTA invalid “could have a profoundly negative effect on this nation’s economy and its ability to deal with other foreign powers,” noting that such an order “would not only affect the validity of NAFTA, but would potentially undermine every other major international commercial agreement made over the past half-century.”
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Re: Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the New NAFTA
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 01:09:19 PM »


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ilana-solomon/trans-pacific-partnership_b_1894876.html
Leesburg Leaves Trade Questions Unanswered
Posted: 09/19/2012

I've just returned from another round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact negotiations, held in Leesburg, Virginia. This 14th round was closer to home in Washington, D.C., but the meeting place -- the Lansdowne Resort -- was a world apart from the bustling capital city.

Isolated by 45 holes of championship golf and powdered with tight security, the resort was an ideal location for government trade negotiators hoping to write trade laws in secrecy.

Transparency. I've asked for it before, Members of Congress have echoed the calls, and even Sierra Club's president called the lack of openness an "affront to democracy." Simply put, governments shouldn't be hashing out massive agreements that would impact every aspect of our lives in the shadows. [ Oh BUT THEY ARE!!! ]

In the ten days of negotiations, the only opportunities for public input were short presentations and tabling sessions from registered stakeholders, which overlapped inconveniently. Additionally, a large conference room held representatives from each negotiating nation and a couple hundred stakeholders for a briefing of watered-down non-answers to stakeholders' questions about the pact.

For example, when Sierra Club president Allison Chin asked the U.S. trade negotiator how they have proceeded in making the environment chapter strong and enforceable, the answer was along the lines of, "That is a long and complex chapter that will build on the environment chapters of existing free trade agreements. We'll see what comes out of this round of negotiations."

Still, these feeble attempts at public inclusion really have no value when we "stakeholders" -- narrowly defined as those who register with U.S. Trade Representative -- haven't even seen the text that we're commenting on.

Members of the media weren't allowed in the stakeholder's briefing and face similar challenges to access and information that limit their ability to report.
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NZ to host next round of TPP trade talks
10:34 AM Sunday Sep 16, 2012

New Zealand will host the next round of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks in December.
 
Hundreds of negotiators from around the Asia Pacific region will attend the nine-day meeting in Auckland from December 3.
 
Trade Minister Tim Groser said he was pleased New Zealand would play a central role in welcoming Canada and Mexico to the talks, which would create New Zealand's largest free trade area.
 
Their addition marked a significant turning point in the negotiations and aligned with the original vision to create a comprehensive regional trade and investment agreement, he said.
 
Canada and Mexico would add a further $1 billion of exports to the agreement, growing the proportion of New Zealand trade covered by the TPP to $18b.
 
Mr Groser said a programme would be prepared for stakeholders with an interest in the Trans Pacific Partnership.
 
"We know that there is strong public interest in TPP and that a number of stakeholders, representing a diverse range of views, will want to play a part in the round."

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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2013, 06:12:44 PM »
bump - needs update for Obama...

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/15296-secretly-trading-away-our-independence

Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:15   
Secretly Trading Away Our Independence
 Written by  William F. Jasper

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican challenger Mitt Romney attacked President Obama on trade issues, charging that Obama “has not signed one new free-trade agreement in the past four years.” “I’ll reverse that failure,” Romney pledged.

Romney’s charge was at once both true and misleading. President Obama had not signed any “new” trade agreements; however, he did win congressional approval for, and signed, trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea that had been negotiated by the Bush administration. Moreover, he has continued the efforts of the Clinton and Bush administrations to create a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The TPP and TTIP should be of special concern to Americans, since, as we shall detail presently, the authors and promoters of these agreements admit that they deal with far more than trade and have been designed to drag the United States into “regional governance” on a host of issues.

The architects of the TPP and TTIP are virtually unanimous in their head-over-heels praise of, and support for, the political and economic merger taking place in the European Union (EU). The once-sovereign nations of Europe have been tricked, bribed, and browbeaten into yielding control over almost every aspect of their lives to globalist banking and corporate elites and their bureaucratic servitors in Brussels. The national governments, legislatures, and courts in the European Union are becoming mere administrative units of the unaccountable rulers of the increasingly tyrannical EU central government.
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2013, 11:09:54 AM »
CFR:

http://www.cfr.org/japan/japan-boosts-trans-pacific-partnership/p31206
Japan Boosts the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Interviewee: Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow, Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies
Interviewer: Mohammed Aly Sergie, Online writer/editor, CFR
 August 9, 2013


After eighteen rounds of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) concluded on July 25, most technical aspects of the agreement have been completed, leaving difficult concessions to be hammered out by political leaders, says Mireya Solís, senior fellow at the Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies.

Japan's participation in the latest round could "triple the economic gains that the United States can expect from the TPP," Solís says, and "with Japan on board, the Asian identity of the TPP is more than solidified."

The TPP currently comprises Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Japan, the United States, and Vietnam, which together make up roughly 40 percent of global gross domestic product and about a third of world trade.


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Most parties involved in the negotiation of the TPP want to reach a final agreement by the end of 2013. After the latest round in Malaysia, do you see this as a reasonable deadline?

The whole deal seems too ambitious. On market access, there is still a lot going on with Vietnam, for example, and it's not clear that a compromise has been reached on short supply. U.S. issues like sugar and dairy are still not done. To be frank, we are talking about a level of liberalization when it comes to Japan that is unprecedented, so even though Japan has done its homework and comes well prepared, we're talking about an exercise of great ambition; therefore it's going to take a while to hammer out all these issues. There is intersession work, there is a looming headline, and they'll come up with something so they don't lose the momentum, but in my mind it seems hard to anticipate that an agreement will be reached on every issue.
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The TPP goes beyond many other trade agreements. If you assume that trade is all about tariffs, then clearly all these rules go beyond that. But the understanding is that if we really want to have a more seamless, efficient, and integrated set of countries, then you have to go into the non-tariff barriers, which are of course much harder to negotiate, and many people feel that they don't want to harmonize or to change their regulatory systems to have this greater integration.
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http://www.globalresearch.ca/trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-the-terrible-plutocratic-plan/5343500
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The Terrible Plutocratic Plan
By David Swanson
Global Research, July 22, 2013


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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, a big fan of the supposed wonders of the hidden hand of the market economy says, “The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15.  And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.”

Of course, there’s nothing hidden about that fist.  The TPP is planned to include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam, with Japan expected to be added this month, and with the ability to expand to any other Pacific nation even after the treaty is created — if it is created. 

The U.S. military works closely with the militaries of all of those nations, encourages their militarization, and keeps its own troops in most of them. The U.S. military is currently building up its presence in the Pacific — including even in Vietnam, where McDonald’s also opened its first store this week.  In a presidential debate last year President Obama described the TPP as part of a strategy to counter China and exert U.S. influence in Asia, the same rationale behind the naval base on Jeju Island and all the rest of the military build up around China’s borders.  In this year’s State of the Union, Obama said the TPP and an agreement with the European Union were priorities for him this year.
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What is hidden, in another sense, is the detailed negotiated text of the proposed TPP treaty.  Some 600 corporate advisors are helping the U.S. government write the text.  Some of these advisors come from those benevolent, public-interest firms known as Monsanto, the Bank of America, Chevron, and ExxonMobil.  The rest of us are shut out.  The government gathers up our every communication, but we aren’t allowed to see what it’s doing in our name.  We don’t influence the text and we don’t get to see it.   Some courageous person or persons willing to risk charges of aiding the enemy (even if there is no enemy) has made parts of what is in the TPP known.
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Many of us have heard of corporate personhood.  Corporations have been given the Constitutional rights of persons by U.S. courts over the past 40 years, including the right to spend money on elections

By corporate nationhood I mean the bestowing of the rights of nations on corporations. 

The TPP, drafts of which have been leaked to Public Citizen, has 29 chapters, only five of which — according to Public Citizen’s thinking — deal with trade.  The others deal with things like food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, job off-shoring, and financial regulation.  Treaties, according to Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, are — together with the Constitution itself — the supreme law of the land.  So U.S. laws would have to be made to comply with the TPP’s rules.
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Our federal and state and local governments would have to obey the TPP.  And if they didn’t, corporations could force them to.  A corporation could take the U.S. government or other nations’ governments to court (or rather, a special tribunal) and overturn their laws.

 That’s corporate nationhood.

 A bunch of corporate lawyers would make their case to a tribunal made up of three corporate lawyers taking a break from themselves arguing such cases in order to rule on some of them.  These three lawyers would answer to no electorate and be bound by no precedents.  There would be no appeals process.  They would be empowered to order any amount of compensation whatsoever, to be paid to corporations by tax payers.
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ExposeTheTPP.org says: “Tribunals have already ordered governments to pay over $3.5 billion in investor-state cases under existing U.S. agreements.  This includes payments over toxic bans, land-use policies, forestry rules and more.  More than $14.7 billion remain in pending claims under U.S. agreements alone.  Even when governments win, they often must pay for the tribunals’ costs and legal fees, which average $8 million per case.  The TPP would expand the scope of policies that could be attacked.
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The TPP will, as the flyer for this event stated:

§  Prevent effective regulation of Wall Street
§  Trade good-paying careers for sweatshop labor
§  Destroy family farms
§  Accelerate global warming in the name of profits
§  Keep the public in the dark
§  Place corporate rights above our national sovereignty
§  Crush our ability to support local economies
§  Weaken and undermine democracy at home and abroad

President Obama wants to fast-track the TPP.  Industry groups this week have been demanding that Congress approve fast-tracking.  Corporate trade agreements are not treated as treaties requiring a two-thirds vote in the Senate.  Rather, they are treated as requiring a simple majority in both houses

If Congress allows fast-tracking, that means the thing can’t be amended.  And it can’t be filibustered.  It must be simply voted on as is, with the most horrible bits included along with the only moderately horrible parts.  Most Congress Members had no time to read the PATRIOT Act before they voted on it, and of course the public had not seen it.  Congress has not seen the TPP yet either.  There are three chapters in the draft text that no one has leaked even the titles of.

Fast-track authority expired in 2007 and Congress refused to renew it.  Urging Congress to continue rejecting fast-track could be part of a comprehensive campaign aimed at getting Congress to take itself seriously, a campaign that might include repeal of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force which essentially handed war powers over to the president.  Regardless, stopping fast track would help stop the TPP.  And it wouldn’t stop decent trade agreements that can withstand the light of day.  There have been over 500 trade agreements created since 1974, and fast track has been used for only 16 of the worst ones.
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Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2013, 05:05:54 PM »
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/4/a_corporate_trojan_horse_obama_pushes

As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as "NAFTA on steroids," and would establish a free trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompassing 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and, until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisers reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton and Monsanto. "This is not mainly about trade," says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. "It is a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establishing new powers for corporations."
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EXPOSE the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership n. 1. A "free trade" agreement that would set rules on non-trade matters such as food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment. 2. A binding international governance system that would require the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and any other country that signs on to conform their domestic policies to its rules.  3. A secret trade negotiation that has included over 600 official corporate "trade advisors" while hiding the text from Members of Congress, governors, state legislators, the press, civil society, and the public.

http://www.exposethetpp.org/index.html
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Re: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2013, 01:49:38 PM »
bump - AJ talking about it today ...
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TPP Exposed: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret Trade Text
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http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/14/tpp_exposed_wikileaks_publishes_secret_trade

WikiLeaks has published the secret text to part of the biggest U.S. trade deal in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For the past several years, the United States and 12 Pacific Rim nations have been negotiating behind closed doors on the sweeping agreement. A 95-page draft of a TPP chapter released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday details agreements relating to patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial design — showing their wide-reaching implications for Internet services, civil liberties, publishing rights and medicine accessibility. Critics say the deal could rewrite U.S. laws on intellectual property rights, product safety and environmental regulations, while backers say it will help create jobs and boost the economy. President Obama and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman reportedly wish to finalize the TPP by the end of the year and are pushing Congress to expedite legislation that grants the president something called "fast-track authority." However, this week some 151 House Democrats and 23 Republicans wrote letters to the administration saying they are unwilling to give the president free rein to "diplomatically legislate." We host a debate on the TPP between Bill Watson, a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2013, 09:17:28 PM »
https://wikileaks.org/tpp/

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.

The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP

https://wikileaks.org/tpp/static/pdf/Wikileaks-secret-TPP-treaty-IP-chapter.pdf
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https://wikileaks.org/Second-release-of-secret-Trans.html
Second release of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement documents

Monday 9 December 2013, 2:40 GMT

On 13 November 2013 WikiLeaks released the draft text of the crucial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter during the lead-up to a TPP chief negotiators’ meeting in Salt Lake City on 19-24 November 2013. 
https://wikileaks.org/tpp/

Today, 9 December 2013, WikiLeaks has released two more secret TPP documents that show the state of negotiations as the twelve TPP countries began supposedly final negotiations at a trade ministers’ meeting in Singapore this week.

One document describes deep divisions between the United States and other nations, and "great pressure" being exerted by the US negotiators to move other nations to their position. The other document lists, country-by-country, the many areas of disagreement remaining. It covers intellectual property and thirteen other chapters of the draft agreement. This suggests that the TPP negotiations can only be concluded if the Asia-Pacific countries back down on key national interest issues, otherwise the treaty will fail altogether.
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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2014, 01:36:28 PM »
I love it - Billionaire wants fasttrack TPP and Immigration Reform - Hyatt Heiress - Chicago Bankster Mob - CFR Board Member ... "Penny"  Pritzker

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/penny-pritzker-confirmed-_n_3502840.html
Penny Pritzker Confirmed: Senate Confirms Chicago Billionaire As Commerce Secretary, 97-1
By ANDREW TAYLOR 06/25/13 05:12

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Tuesday confirmed billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker to be commerce secretary, filling a vacancy that has stood since John Bryson resigned last summer.

The sweeping 97-1 vote installs Pritzker, a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, prolific fundraiser for his presidential campaigns and fellow Chicagoan, at the Commerce Department in time to assist in trade talks with the European Union and Pacific Rim nations

Pritzker won easy confirmation despite questions regarding her family's offshore trusts in the Bahamas. Obama was a critic of such tax shelters in the campaign
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Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of the Senate's most liberal members, was the only vote in opposition. "We need a secretary of commerce who will represent the interests of working Americans and their families, not simply the interests of CEOs and large corporations," Sanders said. 

[ Notice Not ONE Republican "protest" vote!!!! ]
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Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of the Senate's most liberal members, was the only vote in opposition. "We need a secretary of commerce who will represent the interests of working Americans and their families, not simply the interests of CEOs and large corporations," Sanders said.


http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-18/site/ct-penny-pritzker-global-trade-0118-biz-20140118_1_immigration-reform-global-trade-trade-agreements
Penny Pritzker pitches global trade
Commerce secretary talks about what it will take for U.S. to remain competitive in global economy
January 18, 2014 |By Kathy Bergen, Tribune reporter
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The prominent businesswoman, a member of one of Chicago's wealthiest families and an early supporter of President Barack Obama, called for deepening cooperation between the U.S., Canada and Mexico during a Chicago Council on Global Affairs luncheon at the Hilton Chicago. Ed Fast, Canada's minister of international trade, hit similar themes.
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Q: On the trade agreements, there has been some criticism about whether the Obama administration is pushing hard enough on fast-track legislation that would help lead to agreements.

A: We are all over the subject. I am daily in conversation with folks on the Hill about the bill. It's very important that we pass (presidential) trade promotion authority as soon as possible in order to get the two major trade agreements done (with Asia-Pacific and the European Union). That is free trade with 65 percent of the world's GDP.

Q: What about immigration reform? Is there a chance it's going to get through?

A: I'm an optimist. I think we get this done. There's enormous economic potential. It's good for businesses. It will help them grow. It's good for labor. It will help people who are not fully part of our economy, but who live here, to become fully a part of our economy. Imagine the 11 million (undocumented immigrants) living here, who could now buy a home, buy a car, get credit and access to credit that they can't do today.
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http://monterrey.usconsulate.gov/pd_pr_02072014a.html
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Concludes Trade Mission to Mexico
Monterrey, NL. February 7, 2014
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In her speech, the Secretary emphasized that the United States and Mexico must invest more in border infrastructure, do more to facilitate travel across the border, do more to jointly promote investment in both countries, do more to make our independent regulations more compatible, and focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. She also noted that plans are on track for finalizing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).


The Secretary’s trade mission to Mexico underscored the significance of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico and endorses the commitment of Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama to make North America more competitive.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Pritzker

Penny Sue Pritzker (born May 2, 1959) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist who is currently serving as the 38th United States Secretary of Commerce. She is the founder of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group.[1] She is also co-founder of Artemis Real Estate Partners.[2] She is a member of the Pritzker family.

In 2012, Chicago magazine named her one of the 100 most powerful Chicagoans.[3] In 2011 the Forbes 400 list of America's wealthiest showed her as the 263rd richest person in the U.S., estimated net worth of US $1.8511 billion,[4] and the world's 651st richest person. In 2009 Forbes named Pritzker as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
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Pritzker was born in Chicago to a Jewish family[5] in 1959, the daughter of Sue (née Sandel)[6] and Donald N. Pritzker (1932–1972), one of the co-founders of Hyatt hotels

http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/meet-pritzkers-105485


Meet the Pritzkers - Keeping up with Chicago's royal family
February 13, 2013
 By: Leah Pickett


From left: Margot Pritzker, Cindy Pritzker, Jason Pritzker, Abigail and Gigi Pritzker Pucker, Ben Pritzker, Michael Pucker, Brian Traubert, Penny Pritzker, David Pritzker and Bea Barbareschi.
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Chicago Magazine just released their 2013 list of the 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans; and, per usual, the Pritzker clan nabbed top ranks: Tom Pritzker at #25, Penny Pritzker at #6 and J.B. Pritzker at #3.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pritzker_family
The Pritzker family is one of the wealthiest families in the United States, being near the top of Forbes magazine's "America's Richest Families" list since the magazine began it in 1982.

The family is most famous for owning the Hyatt hotel chain, and the Marmon Group, conglomerate of manufacturing and industrial service companies. Other holdings have included the Superior Bank of Chicago, the TransUnion credit bureau and the Royal Caribbean cruise line.


http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2013/05/02/pritzker-family-baggage-tax-saving-offshore-trusts/
Pritzker Family Baggage: Tax Saving Offshore Trusts
5/02/2013

With President Barack Obama’s nomination today of  Chicago businesswoman and Forbes 400 member Penny Pritzker to be the Secretary of Commerce, her family’s legendary use of hundreds of offshore trusts to protect its wealth from taxes and the prying eyes of the Internal Revenue Service will  be in the spotlight.

Or at least it will if Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has anything to say about it. In a memo to reporters Thursday afternoon, Grassley wrote:  “Every nominee’s offshore tax avoidance activities should be examined as part of the nomination process.  If the Commerce Committee doesn’t explore these questions with the nominee, I plan to do so, but I hope the committee will give the tax history a serious look.”

The Pritzker family fortune was built by Penny’s grandfather, A.N. Pritzker, a Harvard Law school graduate with an addiction to tax-deflecting trusts. Along with his sons Jay, Donald  and Robert, he built both Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Marmon Holdings, an industrial conglomerate sold in 2007 to Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway for $4.5 billion, as part of a family breakup. The last of the sons died in 2011, leaving Penny Pritzker’s generation holding the fortune. Currently,  10 members of the Pritzker clan are individually rich enough to  be on the Forbes 400 list. Forbes estimates that Penny, a businesswoman and philanthropist who holds both an MBA and law degree from Stanford, is worth $1.85 billion.

Former Forbes Chicago Bureau Chief Stephane Fitch reported extensively on the trusts in a 2003 cover story, written at a time when feuding within the family had exposed some new details about their finances. Still, as his story conceded, much of the workings of the trusts remained a mystery. Moreover, the IRS’ legal challenges to the trusts were settled years ago. Fitch wrote:

No family in the U.S. can copy the Pritzkers in using offshore entities to gain tax advantages; the loopholes have been closed. But they remain available to families that had the foresight to set up offshore trusts four decades ago, as the Pritzkers did. At their inception the trusts were seeded with small assets, but since then they have benefited from large amounts of leverage, in part in the form of loans from a Pritzker-controlled partnership and from years of business deals that threw profits from the expanding Pritzker empire into the trusts. Now the offshore entities hold more than $3 billion of the family’s net worth, according to sources familiar with the trusts.

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http://www.forbes.com/global/2003/1124/034.html

11/24/2003 @ 12:00AM
 
Pritzker vs Pritzker
Feeling cheated by her own flesh and blood, Liesel went to court, looking for money and answers. What turned up was a huge family stash, protected by one of the sweetest tax deals ever.
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A.N. Pritzker started the family’s stash in the 1930s and 1940s, buying businesses and real estate on the cheap with large quantities of debt supplied by First National of Chicago. But the $15 billion fortune owes most of its existence to A.N.’s son Jay, who launched Marmon Group, now a $6 billion (sales) conglomerate of 100-plus manufacturing companies, and Hyatt, the $2 billion (sales) manager of 207 hotels and resorts worldwide.

Do the Pritzkers hate paying taxes more than they seem to despise one another? Can they bust up the family fortune without the IRS finally breaking down their doors?

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Re: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2014, 02:39:11 PM »
Obama's TPP negotiators received huge bonuses from big banks

http://rt.com/usa/tpp-fang-big-banks-577/

"When WikiLeaks released a draft version of a section of the TPP last year, the anti-secrecy group warned that “Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards”

“No wonder they kept it secret,” internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom told RT at the time. “What a malicious piece of US corporate lobbying. TPP is about world domination for US corporations. Nothing else.”

Last month, leaked memos obtained by the Huffington Post suggested that the US has lost almost all international support from the 11 other Pacific Rim nations engaged in TPP discussions."

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/08/tpp-trade-agreement_n_4409211.html


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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2014, 03:21:42 PM »
 Super corporations and their masters.
 What is that old saying that was pushed on us-, be grateful for the crumbs from the masters table.
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« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2014, 12:43:38 PM »
Now BO goes to Mexico for TPP ....

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/195858-white-house-works-to-convince-dems-to-give-obama-fast-track-on-trade
Obama: Give me fast track trade
By Amie Parnes - 01/21/14 06:00 AM EST

The White House is making a major push to convince Congress to give the president trade promotion authority (TPA), which would make it easier for President Obama to negotiate pacts with other countries.

A flurry of meetings has taken place in recent days since legislation was introduced to give the president the authority, with U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman meeting with approximately 70 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate.

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The effort to get Congress to grant Obama trade promotion authority comes as the White House seeks to complete trade deals with the European Union, and a group of Asian and Latin American countries as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.
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http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/196853-reid-rejects-obamas-plea-for-trade-power
Reid shunts TPA onto slow track
By Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - 01/29/14 08:22 PM EST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.

Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called “fast track” — that, if passed, would make it easier for Obama to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.
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Bush used the authority to negotiate a series of individual trade deals. Trading partners are thought to be more likely to sign such pacts if they know the deals will be considered by Congress and will not be changed.
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“Harry Reid’s decision to block these deals cripples America’s historic role as the global leader in advancing free trade, and it is a personal embarrassment to the president.”
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/world/americas/politics-shadow-obamas-trade-talks-with-mexico.html
Politics to Shadow Obama’s Trade Talks in Mexico
By PETER BAKER and ELISABETH MALKINFEB. 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday for a brief but politically fraught visit aimed at forging closer trade ties with America’s two closest neighbors even as his party’s leaders back home have vowed to undercut his efforts.

Mr. Obama will meet with the leaders of Mexico and Canada in the rapidly growing city of Toluca, to the west of Mexico City, the capital, at what his advisers consider a critical juncture in his efforts to negotiate a broad Asian-Pacific trade pact that would encompass roughly 40 percent of the global economy across a dozen nations. Both Mexico and Canada have joined the negotiations in the last two years.

The whirlwind visit — he will return to Washington on Wednesday evening without staying the night — will offer Mr. Obama a chance to reassure his counterparts about his capacity to deliver at a time when he faces significant hurdles at home. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leaders in Congress, oppose legislation giving him authority similar to that of his predecessors to negotiate trade deals [ FASTTRACK!!! ] .


Michael B. Froman, the president’s trade representative, tried to reassure Democrats on Tuesday that the administration would be sensitive to their concerns about workplace and environmental standards in putting together the new trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. He noted that as a candidate, Mr. Obama promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as Nafta.

“And that’s exactly what we’re doing in TPP, upgrading our trading relationships not only with Mexico and Canada but with nine other countries as well,” Mr. Froman said in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal research group in Washington

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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303491404579389520623076760?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303491404579389520623076760.html
Obama Seeks Agreement With Mexico, Canada on TPP

Leaders This Week Plan to Discuss How Nafta Members Will Fit Into New Trade Bloc Pact
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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2014, 01:13:58 PM »
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/19/obama-mexico-summit-trade-executive-order-congress
Obama begins Mexico summit with orders lowering trade barriers


Before meeting Mexican and Canadian heads of state, president bypasses Congress by signing trade liberalisation orders

Dan Roberts in Toluca
theguardian.com, Wednesday 19 February 2014 09.46 EST

Barack Obama begins a North American summit in Mexico on Wednesday with a gesture of defiance toward allies in Congress who are hampering his ability to negotiate controversial trade liberalisation agreements.


In the latest in a series of so-called executive actions promised in his state of the union address, the US president will sign new measures to speed up imports and exports for businesses by reducing bureaucratic barriers.
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Instead, the White House is doing what it can to boost trade with executive orders, adapting a strategy originally designed to bypass Republicans in Congress into territory where he has been blocked by Democratic allies too.

“In his state of the union address, President Obama set an ambitious agenda to make 2014 a year of action: using his pen and his phone to take steps that expand opportunity for America’s middle class – including helping small American businesses compete in a global economy,” said the White House in a statement.

“Today, aboard Air Force One, the president will sign a new executive order on streamlining the export/import process for America’s businesses … [cutting] processing and approval times from days to minutes for small businesses.”
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Further trade announcements are expected at a press conference on Wednesday evening but the White House said that the executive order, signed enroute to Toluca, was an important first step
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This new electronic system will speed up the shipment of American-made goods overseas, eliminate often duplicative and burdensome paperwork, and make our government more efficient.”
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« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2014, 12:34:52 PM »
http://www.thestate.com/2014/02/19/3276460/obamas-n-american-agenda-hits.html
Obama pressed by neighbors on sensitive issues
By JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press February 19, 2014



U.S. President Barack Obama, left, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands at the end of a news conference after the seventh trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting in Toluca, Mexico, Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014. This year's theme is “North American Competitiveness.”  JACQUELYN MARTIN — AP Photo

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While Obama acknowledged that "elements in my party" oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, he disputed the notion that Democratic concerns would derail the agreement.

"We'll get this passed if it's a good agreement," Obama declared during a joint news conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The North America Leaders' Summit — often referred to as the "Three Amigos" meeting — coincided with the 20th year of the North American Free Trade Agreement among the three countries, a deal that has vastly expanded cross-border commerce in the region but which remains a contentious issue in the United States over its impact on jobs and on environmental protections
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« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2014, 12:01:55 PM »

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/24/news/economy/obama-tpp-trade/
Obama fails to secure breakthrough in Japan trade talks [ TPP ]
By Charles Riley  @CRrileyCNN  April 24, 2014: 2:53 AM ET

Trade talks between the United States and Japan failed to produce a breakthrough Thursday, in yet another blow to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

The unwieldy trade pact is a major priority for the Obama administration, but progress has stalled after 20 rounds of negotiations spread over a period of years have failed to produce a consensus.
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Twelve countries -- Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam -- are taking part in the TPP talks. Together they make up 40% of the global economy.
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Key members of the U.S. Congress say they are being kept in the dark about pact details, and some members of the president's own party have voiced concern over the treaty's impact on jobs.

Significant political opposition makes it unlikely that Obama will be able to push any agreement through Congress before the 2014 mid-term elections.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/27/us-japan-usa-trade-idUSBREA3P02J20140427
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TOTAL PACKAGE

Yet both leaders are keen for a deal - Obama because TPP is central to his "pivot" of military, diplomatic and economic resources to Asia and Abe because he has touted the trade deal as a key element of reforms needed to generate economic growth.

Japan's Yomiuri newspaper reported over the weekend that the two sides had in fact reached a "basic agreement" in last week's talks, but that Tokyo wanted to avoid announcing it for fear of hurting the ruling party's prospects in a Sunday by-election for a seat in parliament's lower house.

Obama faces opposition from a wary Congress and farm good exporters worried that Washington will settle for "TPP-Lite".
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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140427/us-did-not-bully-malaysia-tpp-obama-says
Kyodo News International April 27, 2014 5:17am 
U.S. did not "bully" Malaysia into TPP, Obama says

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday brushed off allegations that Washington had "bullied" Malaysia into entering negotiations for a trans-Pacific free trade deal.

There have been a series of protests in Malaysia against the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative in the days leading up to Obama's arrival on Saturday for a three-day visit.

The protesters were fearful that Malaysia may be cowed by the United States into signing a deal that they claimed could lead to higher medicine prices and affect sovereign rights in implementing policies.


http://www.neurope.eu/news/wire/obamas-visit-not-conclude-tpp-malaysian-official
Obama's visit not to conclude TPP: Malaysian official
by XINHUA
 22.04.2014 - 11:31


A protest against US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Malaysia
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OBAMA IN CHINA ~ TPP VIA "EXECUTIVE ACTION"?
« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2014, 11:27:57 AM »


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Monday, November 10, 2014
byCommon Dreams

Despite Outcry of Opposition, Obama
Pushes "Horrific" Trade Deal in Asia


Though president once railed against so-called "free trade" agreements, he has now become outspoken champion of secretive deals that critics call attack on democracy, workers, and the planet.

by Jon Queally, staff writer

Despite consistent and vocal opposition from organized labor, environmentalists, progressive economy experts and others warning against the damaging impacts of a trans-Pacific trade agreement that remains under negotiations by the U.S. and twelve other nations, President Obama on Monday once again voiced his support for what he said would be a "historic" agreement.

In Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterpart and to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Obama championed the so-called "free trade" deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even though critics have described the agreement as a "horrific" corporate giveaway that would further codify the undemocratic mechanisms of global trade, breaking down protections for workers, consumers, and the planet's natural systems.

Though Obama ran for president in 2008 as a staunch opponent of similarly designed trade deals, including NAFTA, since taking in office, he has forcefully pushed for the TPP and a similar deal with European nations, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

"This has the potential for being an historic agreement," Obama said of the TPP to heads-of-state and trade commissioners at the APEC summit's opening session on Monday.
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If approved, the TPP would be the world's largest economic trade agreement, encompassing more than 40 percent of the world's GDP. Though China would not be party to the agreement, the TPP would cover the U.S., Canada and Mexico in North America; Chile and Peru in South America; and Japan, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam in the Pacific-Asia region.

Though U.S. officials said no breathroughs or announcements were expected on the deal during this trip, the president used the occasion to champion the aims of the TPP.

"What we are seeing," Obama told those in attendance, "is momentum building around a Trans-Pacific Partnership that can spur greater economic growth, spur greater jobs growth, set high standards for trade and investment throughout the Asia-Pacific."

Following last weeks mid-term elections in the U.S., some analysts argued that a Republican-controlled Congress—which is generally friendlier to the corporate trade framework of such deals—is more likely to help Obama push through the agreement. However, as Lori Wallach, director of the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, pointed out, that calculation may be misplaced.

According to Public Citizen, the TPP would be a grab-bag of policies designed to empower corporate entities while stripping the people of these twelve nations of self-determination and democratic process. According to the group:

Although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP's 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.

The TPP would even elevate individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations, empowering them to privately enforce new rights and privileges, provided by the pact, by dragging governments to foreign tribunals to challenge public interest policies that they claim frustrate their expectations.

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Re: OBAMA IN CHINA ~ TPP VIA "EXECUTIVE ACTION"?
« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2014, 11:32:22 AM »



… also, from RT:

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Flowers said the negotiations are shrouded in secrecy because the more people know about it, the more they will oppose the agreement. More than 600 corporate advisers were working with the US Trade Representative to draft the TPP, she said, “means that for more than four years some of the top corporate lawyers have been inserting phrases, paragraphs and whole sections so the agreement suits the needs of corporate power, while undermining the interests of people and planet.

READ ARTICLE~~~~>http://rt.com/usa/204187-trans-pacifica-trade-deal/




Chinese President Xi Jinping (2 L) and US President Barack Obama (C) prepare to watch the fireworks
show during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing on November 10, 2104.
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Nixon/Kissinger & Chairman Mao- paved the way w/ China, supercorps-(elite sucklings) were lined up..
     

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« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2014, 11:17:49 AM »


TPP and/or Environazism taking shape between
the two world super-powers? Obola again playing GOD
with more AUTHORITARIAN declarations:


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The coming climate onslaught

President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions.

By ANDREW RESTUCCIA and ERICA MARTINSON 11/11/14 8:38 PM EST

The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any president’s environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week’s election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House’s “War on Coal.”

Tied to court-ordered deadlines, legal mandates and international climate talks, the efforts scheduled for the next two months show that President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming. And incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have few options for stopping the onslaught, though Republicans may be able to slow pieces of it.

The coming rollout includes a Dec. 1 proposal by EPA to tighten limits on smog-causing ozone, which business groups say could be the costliest federal regulation of all time; a final rule Dec. 19 for clamping down on disposal of power plants’ toxic coal ash; the Jan. 1 start date for a long-debated rule prohibiting states from polluting the air of their downwind neighbors; and a Jan. 8 deadline for issuing a final rule restricting greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants. That last rule is a centerpiece of Obama’s most ambitious environmental effort, the big plan for combating climate change that he announced at Georgetown University in June 2013.

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If Congress tries to defang “high profile” regulations like those on carbon emissions, “we would expect the president to veto,” said Cal Dooley, a former Democratic member of Congress who heads the chemical industry’s trade association. “And I don’t expect that you’ll have a two-thirds vote in the Senate to override.”

ARTICLE @ PLOITICO~~~>
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« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2014, 11:46:33 AM »
He's just doing what his globalist minions have paid him to do ... Just like Bush, just like Clinton , just like Bush ...
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« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2014, 11:59:26 AM »
He's just doing what his globalist minions have paid him to do ... Just like Bush, just like Clinton , just like Bush ...

  The NWO has planned to destroy our factories and industries since the 1930's. Please see the Prison Planet Forum archives for more info. This is all part of the script. I'm guessing they will exploit Africa next. After they milk the people of Asia/America/Europe for Global Warming money.
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TPP and/or Environazism taking shape between
the two world super-powers? Obola again playing GOD
with more AUTHORITARIAN declarations:


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


The coming climate onslaught

President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions.

By ANDREW RESTUCCIA and ERICA MARTINSON 11/11/14 8:38 PM EST

The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any president’s environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week’s election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House’s “War on Coal.”

Tied to court-ordered deadlines, legal mandates and international climate talks, the efforts scheduled for the next two months show that President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming. And incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have few options for stopping the onslaught, though Republicans may be able to slow pieces of it.

The coming rollout includes a Dec. 1 proposal by EPA to tighten limits on smog-causing ozone, which business groups say could be the costliest federal regulation of all time; a final rule Dec. 19 for clamping down on disposal of power plants’ toxic coal ash; the Jan. 1 start date for a long-debated rule prohibiting states from polluting the air of their downwind neighbors; and a Jan. 8 deadline for issuing a final rule restricting greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants. That last rule is a centerpiece of Obama’s most ambitious environmental effort, the big plan for combating climate change that he announced at Georgetown University in June 2013.

ARTICLE @ PLOITICO~~~>
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/climate-rules-obama-112792.html

   You can already see what's going to happen with this crap. America will pay for most of this and the Chinese will say they have complied but they won't.
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« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2014, 12:55:30 PM »
Read about this in the local paper.  Gotta advance the next phase of destroying America at lightning speed.  How dare any Americans be prosperous and independent, that's turrurism!  Only slaves who have zero concept of freedom and don't know what inalienable rights are like the Chinese are allowed to have coal plants.

The fact that zero thorium LFTR reactors have been built in the US is proof that TPTB DON'T WANT AMERICANS TO HAVE NOR USE ENERGY, BECAUSE AFFORDABLE, ABUNDANT ENERGY EQUALS PROSPERITY AND GROWTH, WHICH IS WHAT BILDERBERG'S "ZERO GROWTH" POLICIES WERE ENGINEERED FOR IN THE 1ST PLACE.  YOU CAN'T HAVE SLAVERY IF PEOPLE CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR AS MUCH ENERGY AS THEY WOULD LIKE TO USE, FOR ANYTHING THEY WANT TO USE IT FOR, AND WHEN.

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« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2014, 05:42:53 PM »
 Physicists, scientists,high brow inventors,  simply BRAINIACS know energy sources that have been prohibited by the govs.
 Think N.Telsa, dig around a tad, we could be energy free, clean, independent..
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  Obama is going to try a lot of weird crap in the next 2 years thinking he can bolster his legacy.  ALL THIS CRAP WILL HURT HIS LEGACY.  Only Obama the narcissist cares about his legacy.
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« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2014, 09:55:42 AM »



… Obola & Co., MUST be stopped … the economic/societal
New World Order is at hand:


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This treaty is the key to Obama's "legacy".  He wants to impose his will upon 40 percent of the global population in a way that will never be able to be overturned.

Obama’s Secret Treaty Would Be The Most Important
Step Toward A One World Economic System


 By Michael Snyder, on November 12th, 2014

Barack Obama is secretly negotiating the largest international trade agreement in history, and the mainstream media in the United States is almost completely ignoring it.  If this treaty is adopted, it will be the most important step toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen.  The name of this treaty is "the Trans-Pacific Partnership", and the text of the treaty is so closely guarded that not even members of Congress know what is in it.  Right now, there are 12 countries that are part of the negotiations: the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.  These nations have a combined population of 792 million people and account for an astounding 40 percent of the global economy.  And it is hoped that the EU, China and India will eventually join as well.  This is potentially the most dangerous economic treaty of our lifetimes, and yet there is very little political debate about it in this country.

Even though Congress is not being allowed to see what is in the treaty, Barack Obama wants Congress to give him fast track negotiating authority.  What that means is that Congress would essentially trust Obama to negotiate a good treaty for us.  Congress could vote the treaty up or down, but would not be able to amend or filibuster it.

Of course now the Republicans control both houses of Congress.  If they are foolish enough to blindly give Barack Obama so much power, they should all immediately resign.

 If adopted, this treaty will fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet freedom, healthcare, copyright and patent protection, food safety, environmental standards, civil liberties and so much more.


"In other words, it is the treaty from hell."

The following list of issues addressed by this treaty is from a Malaysian news source...

• domestic court decisions and international legal standards (e.g., overriding domestic laws on both trade and nontrade matters, foreign investors’ right to sue governments in international tribunals that would overrule the national sovereignty)

• environmental regulations (e.g., nuclear energy, pollution, sustainability)

• financial deregulation (e.g., more power and privileges to the bankers and financiers)

• food safety (e.g., lowering food self-sufficiency, prohibition of mandatory labeling of genetically modified products, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease)

• Government procurement (e.g., no more buy locally produced/grown)

• Internet freedom (e.g., monitoring and policing user activity)

• labour (e.g., welfare regulation, workplace safety, relocating domestic jobs abroad)

• patent protection, copyrights (e.g., decrease access to affordable medicine)

• public access to essential services may be restricted due to investment rules (e.g., water, electricity, and gas)

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Re: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws
« Reply #36 on: November 17, 2014, 12:06:08 PM »
bump for merge ?

http://www.suntimes.com/m/18937313-773/penny-pritzker-tough-businesswoman-wealthy-heiress-philanthropist-no-stranger-to-controversy.html#.VGouJNDTmHs

   
Penny Pritzker: Tough businesswoman, wealthy heiress, philanthropist no stranger to controversy
BY SANDRA GUY Business Reporter/sguy@suntimes.com
November 17, 2014

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Her appointment as commerce secretary, a move first reported by Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed, would test her experiences in entrepreneurship, business leadership, politics and intellectual debate, particularly as Obama holds high hopes for a Trans-Pacific Partnership that would give America free trade with three-fifths of the world’s economy.

Former Commerce Secretary William Daley said successful commerce secretaries have deep political experience and independent relationships with the presidents they serve.

“She could be a big help to the president,” Daley said, noting Pritzker’s “enormous experience” in the business world, knowledge of the “political game” and attendance at world economic forums.

“She is a known quantity in many business capitals,” Daley said. “She is very professional, very low-key.”

Pritzker carries the skills she built during Obama’s first run, and she is powerful enough to overcome the idea that her nomination results from her political work, others say.

David Jacobson, U.S. ambassador to Canada who served as deputy national finance chairman in Obama’s first campaign when Pritzker was finance chairman, said she proved her political mettle when she successfully brought Hillary Clinton’s workers into the Obama organization.
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http://www.commerce.gov/news/secretary-speeches/2014/10/30/us-secretary-commerce-penny-pritzker-discusses-us-canada-trade-an
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Discusses U.S.-Canada Trade and Commercial Relationship in Ottawa
AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY
Thursday, October 30, 2014

During her remarks, Secretary Pritzker emphasized expanding bilateral and North American growth and competitiveness through increased trade, investment, and innovation. She also discussed North America’s commitment to completing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a high-standard trade agreement that opens new markets across the Asia-Pacific to goods and services made in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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Before I close, I would like to take a moment to focus on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all committed to completing a high-standard agreement that opens new markets across the Asia-Pacific to goods and services made in each of our countries.

We are at a critical stage in TPP negotiations, and now is the time for all parties to work together, to be bold and creative in crafting an ambitious outcome—with high standard provisions in key areas like intellectual property protection, agricultural market access, and labor and environmental standards.
 
When NAFTA took effect 20 years ago, it laid the foundation for tremendous economic cooperation between our three countries, creating new markets and new opportunities. But that agreement, of course, didn’t reflect our world today. This is our opportunity to upgrade that transformational trade pact. TPP will be the next chapter of our economic integration, and is critical to our efforts to make North America the most globally competitive region in the world.
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Re: OBAMA IN CHINA ~ TPP VIA "EXECUTIVE ACTION"
« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2015, 06:32:28 PM »
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http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/faqs/70133.htm

What is the difference between a Treaty and an Executive Agreement?

As explained in greater detail in 11 FAM 721.2, there are two procedures under domestic law through which the United States becomes a party to an international agreement. First, international agreements (regardless of their title, designation, or form) whose entry into force with respect to the United States takes place only after two thirds of the U.S. Senate has given its advice and consent under Article II, section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution are "treaties." Second, international agreements brought into force with respect to the United States on a constitutional basis other than with the advice and consent of the Senate are "international agreements other than treaties" and are often referred to as "executive agreements." There are different types of executive agreements.


https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/97-896.pdf
Why Certain Trade Agreements Are Approved as Congressional-Executive Agreements

Summary

U.S. trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), World Trade Organization agreements, and bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) have been approved by majority vote of each house rather than by two-thirds vote of the Senate—that is, they have been treated as congressional-executive agreements rather than as treaties.

The congressional-executive agreement has been the vehicle for implementing Congress’s long-standing policy of seeking
trade benefits for the United States through reciprocal trade negotiations
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In a succession of statutes, Congress has authorized the President to negotiate and enter into tariff and nontariff
barrier (NTB) agreements for limited periods
, while permitting NTB and free trade agreements negotiated under this authority to enter into force for the United States only if they are approved by both houses in a bill enacted into public law and other statutory conditions are met;

implementing bills are also accorded expedited consideration under the scheme. This negotiating authority and expedited procedures are commonly known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
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Re: OBAMA IN CHINA ~ TPP VIA "EXECUTIVE ACTION"
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2015, 06:46:58 PM »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/trans-pacific-partnership/

The Worst Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of
Robert Reich | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
 
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O_Sbbeqfdw
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment. Watch this video, and say "no" to fast-tracking this bad deal for the vast majority of Americans.


Let's Take Apart the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority
Dave Johnson | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
 
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument for "fast track" trade promotion authority.


Nancy Pelosi Hopes To Push Obama Trade Agenda While Meeting Democratic Concerns
Reuters | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 28 (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she would like to find a way to grant the Obama adminis...

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Re: OBAMA IN CHINA ~ TPP Trans Pacific Partnership VIA "EXECUTIVE ACTION"
« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2015, 06:52:51 PM »

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http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/19439-rand-paul-to-obama-prioritize-passage-of-trans-pacific-partnership
Monday, 03 November 2014   
Rand Paul to Obama: "Prioritize" Passage of Trans-Pacific Partnership
 Written by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.

Politics, the saying goes, makes strange bedfellows. In presidential politics, the cozy compromises with the unconstitutional seem even more unsettling.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a man whose personal popularity and political fortunes have increased in direct proportion to his spreading of his libertarian-leaning ideals, has now publicly embraced the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an unprecedented sovereignty surrender masquerading as a multi-national trade pact.

Paul’s speech coincided with the TPP ministerial meeting conducted October 19-24 in Sydney, Australia.

Speaking at the Center for the National Interest dinner in New York City on October 23, Senator Paul said:

Our national power is a function of the national economy. During the Reagan renaissance, our strength in the world reflected our successful economy.

Low growth, high unemployment, and big deficits have undercut our influence in the world. Americans have suffered real consequences from a weak economy.

President George W. Bush understood that part of the projection of American power is the exporting of American goods and culture. His administration successfully brokered fourteen new free trade agreements and negotiated three others that are the only new free trade agreements approved since President Obama took office. Instead of just talking about a so-called “pivot to Asia,” the Obama administration should prioritize negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership by year’s end.

Why would Rand Paul, a man who has in the past demonstrated a remarkable adherence to the principles of the Constitution, make his own “pivot” away from those doctrines and toward a pact as pernicious as the TPP?

Perhaps the answer is found in this paragraph from a story on Paul’s speech printed in The Diplomat: "As a Republican presidential hopeful, Paul likely recognizes that his and the party’s interests are best served by trying to find some issues on which Republicans can cooperate with the administration. This would give the American electorate confidence that the Republican Party is interested in governing, and would make it harder for Democrats to use disgust with the Republican Party to mobilize the Democratic base in the 2016 election."
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