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TPP: Trading people for profit

Article – Citizen News Service Photograph is online at: https://ifprs.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/12087707_150817895268883_4796377461831477004_o.jpg?w=290&h=290&crop=1 TPP: Trading people for profit Mark Moreno Pascual, CNS (Citizen News Service) Photograph is online at: https://ifprs.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/12087707_150817895268883_4796377461831477004_o.jpg?w=290&h=290&crop=1 (CNS): The recently concluded Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will expand corporate profits at the expense of people’s rights. A new addition to the growing number of free trade agreements (FTAs) took centre stage last Monday as the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries announced the conclusion of a mammoth trade deal that covers more than 40% of the global economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has engendered strong opposition from countries involved in the negotiations, as well as from people’s organisations around the world. Today, it is rightly condemned as a US-conceived treaty that is part of its pivot to Asia in an attempt to maintain its economic clout and counter the rising Sino-centrism in the region. WHY SO SECRET? Like all other FTAs, the TPP is negotiated behind closed doors—only corporate advisors and lobbyists are given exclusive access to the text. In 2010, TPP member states agreed not to release the negotiating text until four years after an actual agreement has been made and/or abandoned. Which elicits the obvious question—Why keep it a secret? What is in the text that compels negotiating governments to hide it away from public scrutiny? Here’s a hint: The only way to complete the deal...

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How will people hold governments to account?

Opinion – Citizen News Service Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service – CNS One of the major failures of current times is how democratic systems are being made ineffective so that people with a ‘power of one vote’ are not able to hold elected representatives to account. How … Without real democracy, how will people hold governments to account? Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service – CNS One of the major failures of current times is how democratic systems are being made ineffective so that people with a ‘power of one vote’ are not able to hold elected representatives to account. How else can governments get away with making promises and not delivering? Rather often governments instead of delivering on pro-people promises, have harmed people’s interests even more, thereby allowing corporations to siphon away profits and resources. With democracy failing the people to hold governments to account, it is no surprise that non-performing governments often get re-elected! Like a silver-lining on the dark cloud, there are well-intentioned parliamentarians too who are trying hard to deliver on the promises they make to their peoples. On the sidelines of Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), few women parliamentarians who have championed pro-people causes over years were on a panel organized by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD). The panel was moderated by senior journalist of IPS Asia Pacific, Johanna...

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