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Privacy Is Not a Barrier to Trade

June 4, 2015

By Margot E. Kaminski

 

 

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Sen.Elizabeth Warren tried to stop the Senate from approving "Fast Track" trade rules.

Above, Warren speaks on May 12, 2015, in Washington.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

 

 

"On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released the draft text of the biggest international agreement you’ve probably never heard of: the Trade in Services Agreement, or TISA. And buried in one of the 12 leaked chapters (which are mostly on things like “air transport services” and “competitive delivery services”) is a volatile and crucial debate about online privacy and the global Internet.

 

Free trade agreements now regulate the Internet, determining digital policies across borders and around the world. TISA in particular addresses digital privacy, a critical issue at home and abroad. Yet the negotiations are not being held in a normal venue for discussing human rights or even ordinary law. TISA, like other trade agreements, is negotiated through a byzantine, readily corruptible process known as “fast track,” which Congress is about to renew. It is unacceptable for a professed democracy to address issues of this magnitude without meaningful public accountability.

 

Trade agreements used to focus on things like tariffs, but they aren’t just about trade anymore. They consist of hundreds of chapters of detailed regulations, on subjects ranging from textiles to intellectual property law. TISA purports to promote fair and open global competition in services, thus increasing jobs. (You may have also heard about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another trade agreement currently being negotiated and criticized. This one’s even more mammoth.) TISA is being negotiatedbetween 23 countries representing some 75 percent of the global services market. Buried in its e-commerce annex are rules that will reshape the relationship between the free flow of information and online privacy."

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Free trade agreements have never really benefited anyone but the corporations and leaders of countries, i.e. the very rich. This should never happen in a democracy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is formally described as a trade and foreign investment agreement between 12 nations -- Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. The White House is now pressuring Congress to Fast Track through the TPP. Fast Track authority, a Congressional procedure to limit time for debate and prohibit amendments to proposed legislation, has already passed in the Senate, although only after an unexpectedly rough ride.

Here are 10 reasons why the TPP is explicitly not a "progressive" trade agreement:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/09/10-reasons-tpp-not-progressive-trade-agreement

One piece of data stood out from the rest: income inequality. The Human Development Index measures the national average of human development in three areas: health, education and income. The inequality-adjusted index (IHDI) measures a percentage of overall loss in human development due to inequality. According to the report, the United States had an overall loss of 17.4 percent. Costa Rica had a rate of 19.9 percent while the other Central American nations were above 23 percent.

Globalization has created contentious economic, political and social forces: rich versus poor, North versus South, multinational corporations versus civil society and intergovernmental organizations versus sovereign states. Free trade agreements have exacerbated these tensions by providing multinational corporations with an inordinate influence on making rules for the global economy, and by establishing procedural norms that lack transparency in the creation of these rules. The process, principles and outcomes of free trade agreements promote corporate power while ignoring the concerns of civil society. It is no irony that discussions of "free trade" routinely violate democratic processes and discourse.

One piece of data stood out from the rest: income inequality. The Human Development Index measures the national average of human development in three areas: health, education and income. The inequality-adjusted index (IHDI) measures a percentage of overall loss in human development due to inequality. According to the report, the United States had an overall loss of 17.4 percent. Costa Rica had a rate of 19.9 percent while the other Central American nations were above 23 percent.

Globalization has created contentious economic, political and social forces: rich versus poor, North versus South, multinational corporations versus civil society and intergovernmental organizations versus sovereign states. Free trade agreements have exacerbated these tensions by providing multinational corporations with an inordinate influence on making rules for the global economy, and by establishing procedural norms that lack transparency in the creation of these rules. The process, principles and outcomes of free trade agreements promote corporate power while ignoring the concerns of civil society. It is no irony that discussions of "free trade" routinely violate democratic processes and discourse.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31244-don-t-believe-the-hype-about-the-benefits-of-free-trade

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REVEALED: THE SECRET IMMIGRATION CHAPTER IN OBAMA’S TRADE AGREEMENT

Alex Swoyer

June 10, 2015

 

 

"Discovered inside the huge tranche of secretive Obamatrade documents released by Wikileaks are key details on how technically any Republican voting for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would fast-track trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would technically also be voting to massively expand President Obama’s executive authority when it comes to immigration matters.

The mainstream media covered the Wikileaks document dump extensively, but did not mention the immigration chapter contained within it, so Breitbart News took the documents to immigration experts to get their take on it. Nobody has figured how big a deal the documents uncovered by Wikileaks are until now. (See below)"

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/10/revealed-the-secret-immigration-chapter-in-obamas-trade-agreement/

 

 

 

DON’T DRINK THE KOOL AID – OBAMATRADE IS POISON

June 10, 2015

 

 

"The grassroots are on fire against ObamaTrade. Conservatives are outraged that the same politicians who said, “Elect me and I will stand up to Obama,” would actually vote to give him more power.

House members are getting scorched from both the right and left. Labor is already running ads against Democrat House members Ami Berra and 

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY)
 
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 who are supporting ObamaTrade.

 
who are supporting ObamaTrade.

 

Now Republicans are on notice: Obamatrade will be an issue next year, and if you don’t get the picture, we’ve made an ad to help you figure it out.

For ObamaTrade-loving incumbents who think they’re safe because they have overwhelmingly Republican districts, we’re here to tell you no one who betrays the will of the people is safe.  Your vote on fast track will be an issue in the primary.

The politics of ObamaTrade are poisonous. Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans across the political spectrum oppose these phony “free trade” deals – and conservatives oppose them in even greater numbers than Democrats."

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/10/dont-drink-the-kool-aid-obamatrade-is-poison/

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But now  we come to the REAL dirt...

 

"Only six out of the 30 total chapters in the TPP have anything to do with trade. So what makes up the bulk of this agreement, which was shaped by 500 U.S. corporate advisors? Jim Hightower writes: "The other two dozen chapters amount to a devilish 'partnership' for corporate protectionism. They create sweeping new 'rights' and escape hatches to protect multinational corporations from accountability to our governments... and to us."

Those bastards think they can get away with stealing whatever they want from us- the people...I see men raining from the sky. :angry2: 

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