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It seems like it has some progressive provisions (particularly stopping tobacco companies from suing participating nations over banning cigarettes, and limitations on animal trading), but there's some problematic stuff snuck in there, and it normalizes the practice of corporations suing small nations into removing their regulations (while removing one distasteful practitioner to make the idea more palatable).

PreemptivePacifist comments on Ban On Tuna Labeled Dolphin-Safe Shows How TPP Will Crush Consumer Rights: ... dolphin-safe labeling of tuna managed to reduce annual deaths of the mammals from over 100,000 to only 3,000 but the World Trade Organization jus. Exposed: 'Full Range of Collusion' Between Big Oil and TTIP Trade Reps. Amid warnings that the proposed TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could undermine global attempts to rein in runaway climate change, new documents reveal that EU trade officials gave U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil access to confidential negotiating strategies considered too sensitive to be released to the European public.

Exposed: 'Full Range of Collusion' Between Big Oil and TTIP Trade Reps

TPP trade deal: Here's what the Internet hates so far. After years of warning that the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership would be devastating for Internet freedom, intellectual property experts have finally gotten to look at the final draft of the proposed treaty.

TPP trade deal: Here's what the Internet hates so far

And they say it’s as bad as they feared. Spanning 30 chapters over thousands of pages, the TPP is enormous. It took its 12 member nations—the U.S., Mexico, Canada, as well as Oceania and countries in South America and Asia—five years to negotiate it. Different civil groups have all kinds of criticisms of the TPP’s provisions, ranging from labor to the environment, though the main theme is that it emphasizes business over civil interests.

That shouldn’t be surprising, given that it’s a trade deal, and that corporate lobbyists were given access to the negotiation process that was denied to the press and civil groups. Some of activists' most vocal criticism targets the TPP's intellectual property chapter, which critics say could have sweeping effects on Internet freedoms. ISP liability. ELI5: The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal : explainlikeimfive. Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Video ATLANTA — The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific basin nations on Monday agreed after years of negotiations to the largest regional trade accord in history, an economic pact envisioned as a bulwark against China’s power and a standard-setter for global commerce, worker rights and environmental protection.

Text relevant to corporations suing nations: The agreement also would overhaul special tribunals that handle trade disputes between businesses and participating nations. The changes, which also are expected to set a precedent for future trade pacts, respond to widespread criticisms that the Investor-State Dispute Settlement panels favor businesses and interfere with nations’ efforts to pass rules safeguarding public health and safety. Among new provisions, a code of conduct would govern lawyers selected for arbitration panels. And tobacco companies would be excluded, to end the practice of using the panels to sue countries that pass antismoking laws. On Sunday, Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, hailed the provision as “historic.” – rgiskard

The announcement here that weary trade officials had finally agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership was merely “an important first step,” the United States trade representative, Michael B.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached

Froman, said. Now their agreement faces months of debate in each of the 12 nations, including in Congress, where some bipartisan opposition was immediate. The trade issue also is certain to become a flash point of presidential politics in 2016, with populist anti-trade sentiment roiling both parties. Paid__shill comments on France threatens to walk away from TTIP negotiations saying a "total lack of transparency" in TTIP talks poses a "democratic problem". WikiLeaks - Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - Investment Chapter. WikiLeaks Reveals TPP Proposal Allowing Corporations to Sue Nations. Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Accord. Photo WASHINGTON — The leaders of Congress’s tax-writing committees reached agreement Thursday on legislation to give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate an ambitious trade accord with 11 other Pacific nations, beginning what is sure to be one of the toughest legislative battles of his last 19 months in office.

Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Accord

The “trade promotion authority” bill — likely to be unveiled Thursday afternoon — would give Congress the power to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership once it is completed, but would deny lawmakers the chance to amend what would be the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, had to agree to stringent requirements for the trade deal to win over Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the finance panel. Mr. The A.F.L. Mr. Mr. The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, represents Massachusetts in the Senate.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Hidden in the fine print. The United States is in the final stages of secret, closed-door negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade agreement with 11 other countries.

Hidden in the fine print

Who will benefit from it? One provision hidden in the fine print – “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” – may sound harmless, but don’t let that fool you: ISDS could let foreign companies challenge US laws without ever stepping in an American court. That would undermine US sovereignty and tilt the playing field even further in favor of multinational corporations. Sign my petition and spread the word: ISDS is a bad deal for America. Here’s how ISDS would work: Imagine that the United States bans a toxic chemical that is often added to gasoline because of its health and environmental consequences.

But with ISDS, the company could skip the US courts and go before an international panel of arbitrators. If that seems shocking, buckle your seat belt. Who will benefit from it? If that seems shocking, buckle your seat belt. Peruvian Newspaper Reveals TPP Favors Foreign Companies. The treaty, negotiated in secret between Peru and 11 other countries, allows foreign profit to trump social good.

Peruvian Newspaper Reveals TPP Favors Foreign Companies