Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is finalised, the real fight starts


Activists have dogged the TPP process, ACTA, another secret treaty that was TPP 1.0. Like TPP, ACTA eventually went back to member-states. But then a funny thing happened: the people rose up. Across the US and Europe, people took to the streets, worked the phones, wrote letters. The normally boring business of the technicalities of law -- a death-sentence for any kind of public interest -- was overruled by the easiest-to-understand of points: if ACTA is so great, why did they have to keep it a secret?
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"Wall Street and other big corporations have won again," the U.S. senator from Vermont said in a statement, vowing to "do all that I can to defeat this agreement" in Congress.
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Tim Groser said "We'll still hear the 'TPP kills babies' crowd but in my view they won't have a factual leg to stand on"
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As "Corporate Secrecy" Wins Again: Once again the corporatocracy wins as the so-called "Trojan horse" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been finalized. As WSJ reports, the U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said.
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Nobel laureate warns of Trans-Pacific Partnership dangers: The problem is … it’s not like the negotiations are happening between the Canadian people and the American people and the New Zealand people. It’s between the trade ministers. Historically, especially in the United States, it’s among the most influenced by special interests of the federal agencies.
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If the TPP was the Rugby World Cup, the New Zealand team probably wouldn’t be making it out of pool play. While the final details will not emerge for a month, the TPP is offering disappointing returns for New Zealand… and over a very long phase-in period… of up to 25 years in major areas important to us, even though many of the concessions we have made would take immediate effect. Typically, Prime Minister John Key has already been spinning the “93% tariff free” outcome across the TPP region, as if that situation was entirely due to the TPP deal. To get that figure, Key is adding all pre-existing tariff reductions and adding them to the TPP. To take a relevant example… 80% of US trade with other TPP members is already duty free.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal: US Banks Get Victories In TPP Agreement: The millions of dollars big U.S. banks spent lobbying for the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be about to deliver big dividends. The massive trade deal covering 40 percent of the world’s economy yielded a final set of accords Monday -- pending approval by Congress -- and the American financial industry stands to greatly benefit, gaining expanded access to millions of borrowers and investors in developing markets.
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